In the Slick of It: Will BP Go Down With an Employee Who Purportedly Deleted Deepwater Horizon Oil Flow-Rate Related Text Messages?


While the 24-hour news cycle has long left behind the Deepwater Horizon explosion on April 20, 2010 that resulted in 11 deaths and the largest oil spill in United States history, the government continues to investigate whether BP violated federal law in the days following the catastrophe by understating the amount of oil gushing from the well deep below and misleading the public and investors about the success of its well-capping efforts. Reviving notoriety of Deepwater Horizon, at least in legal circles, is a criminal complaint against a former BP engineer, Kurt Mix, charging him with two counts of obstruction of justice.

The Allegations.

The complaint, initiated by the FBI in late-March, alleges that Mix, who was involved with efforts to stop the flow of oil in the days after the explosion, may have leaked the truth about oil flow rates and the likelihood that BP’s planned capping effort would fail via text message to his supervisor and a contractor working on the capping project.

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