Oil Rig

Former BP engineer Kurt Mix is accused of destroying a string of 200 text messages between himself and a BP supervisor in October 2010 that involved internal BP information about how efforts to cap the leaking well were failing.

Mix faces two counts of obstruction of justice. He is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday in New Orleans.

Mix was the first and so far only person charged in the Justice Department's probe of the 2010 rig explosion. The Deepwater Horizon, which was leased by BP, exploded the night of April 20, 2010, killing 11 workers and sparking the nation’s worst offshore oil disaster. More than 200 gallons of crude oil leaked into the Gulf of Mexico before the well was capped.

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