Trial of former BP engineer in US Gulf oil spill starts 18 June

09 May 2012 20:55  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--The trial of a former BP engineer accused of destroying records related to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the US Gulf will begin on 18 June, the US Justice Department confirmed on Wednesday.

Kurt Mix, 50, pleaded not guilty last week to two counts of obstruction of justice, according to court documents.

Prior to being released on bond, he had to surrender his passport, and his travel was restricted to the states of Texas, Louisiana, Massachusetts and New York.

A pretrial conference will be held on 7 June, before Judge Jane Triche Milazzo in US District Court, eastern district of Louisiana.

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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