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Lone_Star_Dem

(28,158 posts)
Tue Apr 24, 2012, 04:39 PM Apr 2012

BP engineer who deleted 300 text messages about Gulf spill arrested

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Source: NBC

NEW ORLEANS --

A BP engineer intentionally deleted more than 300 text messages saying the company's efforts to control the Gulf of Mexico oil spill were failing, and that the amount of oil leaking was far more than what the company reported, the U.S. Justice Department said Tuesday.

In the first criminal charges related to the deadly explosion of the Deepwater Horizon rig in April 2010, the Justice Department arrested Kurt Mix and charged him with two counts of obstruction of justice for allegedly destroying evidence sought by federal authorities, officials announced in a statement.

The charges came a day before a federal judge in New Orleans was to consider a motion granting preliminary approval of a $7.8 billion civil settlement between BP and a committee of plaintiffs in a civil case. Shrimp processors have raised objections, saying the settlement does not adequately compensate them.

Having an accurate flow-rate estimate was needed to determine how much in civil and criminal penalties BP and the other companies drilling the Macondo well face under the Clean Water Act.

Read more: http://www2.nbc17.com/news/2012/apr/24/bp-engineer-who-deleted-300-text-messages-about-gu-ar-2201756/

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BP engineer who deleted 300 text messages about Gulf spill arrested (Original Post) Lone_Star_Dem Apr 2012 OP
Please tell me they plan to arrest more than the bottom guy on the totem pole Blue_Tires Apr 2012 #1
Great! Little fish caught...now on to the BIG Fish...what? Oh! FailureToCommunicate Apr 2012 #2
+1 xchrom Apr 2012 #3
Duplicate Lone_Star_Dem Apr 2012 #4

Blue_Tires

(55,445 posts)
1. Please tell me they plan to arrest more than the bottom guy on the totem pole
Tue Apr 24, 2012, 04:44 PM
Apr 2012

It's not like he wasn't acting on orders from up high...

FailureToCommunicate

(14,086 posts)
2. Great! Little fish caught...now on to the BIG Fish...what? Oh!
Tue Apr 24, 2012, 04:48 PM
Apr 2012

Well, that's it. Justice served. Move along.

xchrom

(108,903 posts)
3. +1
Tue Apr 24, 2012, 04:56 PM
Apr 2012
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