02 May 2012 23:38 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--A former BP engineer who is accused of deleting records in the US Gulf spill case will be in court this week, the US Justice Department said on Wednesday.
Kurt Mix, 50, of Katy, Texas, was charged with two counts of obstruction of justice, the department said.
The charges were filed in US District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana, where Mix's initial hearing will take place on Thursday.
Typically at initial hearings, the defendant learns more about his rights and the charges against him; arrangements for an attorney are made; and the judge decides bail.
The US accused Mix of deleting records connected to the amount of oil that escaped from the April 2010 explosion on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig.
The blast killed 11 people.
After the blowout, Mix worked with others at BP to estimate the amount of oil that leaked from the well, the department said. He was also involved in attempts to stop the leak.
Additional reporting by Al Greenwood
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