Ex-BP Engineer Faces 1st Criminal Charges In Deepwater Probe

Law360, New York (April 24, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT) -- A former BP PLC engineer has become the first person charged in connection with 2010's disastrous Deepwater Horizon oil spill, facing criminal charges in Louisiana federal court of intentionally destroying evidence, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Tuesday.

The government contends that Kurt Mix, who was a drilling and completions project engineer for the energy company, deleted hundreds of text messages related to efforts to stop the oil leaking from the Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico after he had been told that he was...
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