Skooter reporting 04/25/12
A former BP engineer Kurt Mix, 50, of Katy, Texas, appeared in federal court Tuesday handcuffed at the wrist and ankles to face criminal charges that he deliberately deleted hundreds of text messages in regards to the amount of oil flowing into the Gulf of Mexico from the company's blown-out well in 2010.
Mix was charged with two counts of obstruction of justice and released on a $100,000 bond. This is the first criminal charges to surface from the federal investigation into the gulf oil spill and involve actions that Mix purportedly took after the deadly April 20, 2010 explosion.
If convicted of the charges against him, Mix will face a 20-year sentence and $250,000 fine on each count.
Mix worked as a drilling and completions engineer for BP. His job was to estimate the flow of oil from the well and on attempts to stop the leak. BP instructed him through numerous messages to preserve all information and communications regarding the well, including text messages, according to court documents.
Mix deleted from his iPhone a series of more than 200 text messages with his BP supervisor after he learned that his files would be collected for BP's lawyers on Oct 4, 2010, according to the court documents.
Source: LA Times