Former BP engineer pleads not guilty in US Gulf oil spill case

03 May 2012 21:34  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--The former BP engineer, who stands accused of destroying records related to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the US Gulf, pleaded not guilty on Thursday in district court.

Kurt Mix, 50, of Katy, Texas, was charged with two counts of obstruction of justice.

The charges were filed in US District Court, eastern district of Louisiana.

After pleading not guilty, Mix was released on bond.

The US accused Mix of deleting records, including text messages, 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.

By: Bobbie Clark
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