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Oil spill: First charges filed over BP

New Orleans – The U.S. Department of Justice yesterday announced the first arrest and indictment for a felony in the case of the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

The accused, a former engineer of the oil group BP, is suspected of destroying evidence. Two counts of obstruction of justice were brought against Kurt Mix, a resident of Katy, in the State of Texas.

An explosion on April 20, 2010, aboard  the Deepwater Horizon oil rig operated by British Petroleum in the Gulf of Mexico had 11 deaths and the dispersion of about 800 million gallons of crude into the sea.

The Justice Department said it had charged drilling engineer Kurt Mix, 50, with two criminal counts of obstruction of justice for trying to destroy hundreds of text messages on his iPhone that related to the incident.

Requested by the Associated Press, the management of BP did not respond to emails.

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