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Government Files First Criminal Charges In BP Oil Spill

Filed by KOSU News in Business.
April 24, 2012

“The first criminal charges in connection with the BP oil spill have been filed in Houston, Texas against a former BP engineer named Kurt Mix,” NPR’s Carrie Johnson reports exclusively.

Carrie just told our Newscast unit that Mix has been charged with obstruction of justice for allegedly deleting text messages after the spill. The texts were related to the amount of oil gushing onto the Gulf. Mix will make his first appearence in court today.

Carrie adds that there has been an expectation that criminal charges would be brought against individuals, but this is the first person charged since the spill happened two years ago.

These are preliminary charges and a law enforcement official says there are more charges to come, Carrie reports.

We’ll have more on this story as it develops.

Update at 12:14 p.m. A Bit Of Background:

To provide a bit of background: The oil spill started after an explosion rocked the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico. As our friends at State Impact reported earlier this month to mark the two-year anniversary, this was “the biggest accidental oil spill in history” and dumped more than 200 million gallons of oil. [Copyright 2012 National Public Radio]

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