Kurt Mix, BP Engineer, Faces First Oil Spill Charges (UPDATES)
Posted: 04/24/2012 1:01 pm Updated: 04/24/2012 4:06 pm
Federal officials arrested a former BP engineer on charges of obstruction of justice on Tuesday, in the first criminal charges filed in connection with the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Kurt Mix, 50, a senior BP drilling engineer, allegedly destroyed hundreds of text messages sent to a supervisor that described high volumes of oil flowing from the ruptured well, located 5,000 feet underwater, according to a federal affidavit.
Mix “worked on internal BP efforts to estimate the amount of oil leaking from the well and was involved in various efforts to stop the leak,” the Justice Department said in a press release.