20 June 2013 22:53 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--Former BP executive David Rainey was arraigned on Thursday on a superseding indictment that charges him with obstruction of justice in connection with the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
A federal grand jury issued the new indictment on Wednesday, one month after a federal judge dismissed the charge because a US House of Representatives subcommittee failed to allege knowledge of a pending Congressional investigation and because the law did not apply to subcommittee investigations.
The superseding indictment adds language alleging that Rainey did know about the pending congressional investigation and specially accuses Rainey of obstructing an investigation by the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
Additionally, a federal grand jury issued a new superseding indictment against former BP engineer Kurt Mix for allegedly deleting phone messages about the company’s response efforts following the oil spill.
Earlier this month, a federal judge ruled that only three messages could be referenced in court – a voicemail from a BP supervisor, a voicemail from a contractor and a call that went through BP’s general switchboard.
Mix’s arraignment is scheduled for 25 June, and his trial is set for 2 December.
Separately, two onsite supervisors are also facing criminal charges related to the Deepwater Horizon incident.
The company has also reached an economic- and property-damage settlement with several people and businesses who sued the company following the spill, with claim payouts totalling over $8.7bn.
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