British Petroleum engineer arrested over Gulf of Mexico oil spill

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A former British Petroleum (BP) engineer is facing criminal charges over the company’s devastating oil spill in 2010 in the Gulf of Mexico.

US federal prosecutors brought the first criminal charges on Tuesday over the oil spill, accusing Kurt Mix of deleting over 300 text messages that showed the blown-out well was ejecting far more crude than the BP was telling the people at the time, the Associated Press reported.

More than two years after the drilling-rig explosion that ignited the worst offshore oil spill in the American history, the 50-year-old was arrested for destroying evidence in the disaster of Deepwater Horizon, a BP subsidiary that ran the rig, which killed eleven workers.

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