Deepwater Horizon criminal charges filed

By Hilton Price 

The Associated Press is reporting the U.S. Justice Department has filed criminal charges against a former BP engineer in the April 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster. Kurt Mix, of Texas, has been arrested on two counts of obstruction of justice. Mix is expected in a Houston courtroom later today.

The Justice Department has accused Mux of deleting hundreds of text messages with a BP supervisor. The messages allegedly detail the failures of the October 2012 efforts to cap the leaking oil well.

BP is currently awaiting a court approval for its $7.8 billion civil settlement with the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee.

The Deepwater Horizon disaster occurred on April 20, 2010. 11 workers were killed, and more than 200 million gallons of crude oil leaked into the Gulf of Mexico.

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