Feds Make First Arrest in BP Oil Spill Case

Today, former British Petroleum (BP) employee Kurt Mix appeared in federal court and was charged with two accounts of obstruction of justice. Mix, of Katy, Texas, is the first to be arrested in relation to the April 2010 oil spill that devastated the gulf coast.  He was released on $100,000 bail. 

The Associated Press reports:

The engineer deleted more than 200 messages sent to a BP supervisor from his iPhone in October 2010 containing information about how much oil was spilling out — and then erased 100 more the following year after receiving numerous legal notices to preserve the information, the Justice Department said in a news release.

On the first day BP began to use the "top kill" method to plug the leaking well, Katy estimated in a text to his supervisor that 15,000 barrels of oil per day were spilling — an amount greater than what BP said the method could likely handle. The "top kill" method involved pumping heavy mud into the blown-out well head to cap it, and it was one of many unsuccessful attempts to plug the well. The well was ultimately capped July 15, 2010.

Click hereto read more about Mix's charges and the continuing effects of the oil spill.

AlterNet / By Angela Lee

Posted at April 24, 2012, 11:52am

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