Two years and four days after the drilling-rig explosion that set off the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history, Kurt Mix, 50, of Katy, Texas, was arrested Tuesday.
Former BP engineer Kurt Mix was charged with two counts of obstruction of justice for “intentionally destroying evidence,” according to the Department.
Mix was accused of deleting more than 300 text messages with a BP supervisor ,that indicated the blown-out well was spewing far more crude than the company was telling the public at the time and company officials had known that an effort to stop the leak in the early days of the spill was likely to fail.
He was released on $100,000 bail after appearing Tuesday afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Stephen Smith in Houston, who ordered Mix to stay in Texas or Louisiana and to appear in a federal court in New Orleans on May 3.
Mix could get up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine on each count.
The BP-leased rig Deepwater Horizon exploded the night of April 20, 2010, killing 11 workers and setting off the nation's worst offshore oil disaster.