A former engineer at BP, the first person to be indicted in the oil spill case, asked a judge this week for a little more leeway when it comes to his travel options.  Kurt Mix is facing charges for deleting text messages about how the company responded to the 2010 oil spill.

Mix, through his attorneys, asked the judge's permission to be able to travel anywhere in the United States, after restrictions were put on him after his indictment.  While he is free on bond right now, a federal magistrate in New Orleans, ordered that he would have limited travel rights to Louisiana, Texas, Massachusetts and New York only.  That action came after a prosecutor in the case said that Mix was trying to leave the country for a job in Australia.  The prosecutor alleged that if he left for that job, he planned to never return.

Mix's legal representation says they are fighting this order.  They contend that the travel restrictions are not fair, as they can't prove that Mix is a flight risk.

U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval Jr. has not yet ruled on the motion by Mix's lawyers.