April 24, 2012

Ex-BP engineer arrested in Gulf oil spill case

Posted: Apr 24, 2012 1:15 PM EDT Updated: Apr 24, 2012 6:15 PM EDT

Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Federal prosecutors brought the first criminal charges Tuesday in the Gulf oil spill, accusing a former BP engineer of deleting more than 300 text messages that indicated the blown-out well was spewing far more crude than the company was telling the public at the time.
Two years and four days after the drilling-rig explosion that set off the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history, Kurt Mix, 50, of Katy, Texas, was arrested and charged with two counts of obstruction of justice for allegedly destroying evidence.

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