Ex-BP engineer pleads not guilty in spill probe
Federal prosecutors say a former BP engineer was arrested last week because they feared he would leave the country for a job in Australia and not return. The engineer pleaded not guilty today to charges he deleted text messages to a supervisor and a contractor to prevent them from being used in a federal grand jury probe of the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard Pickens says 55-year-old Kurt Mix of Katy, Texas, applied for a green card to Canada as recently as March and planned to travel to Australia "never to return." Mix faces two counts of obstruction of justice—the first criminal charges in the Justice Department's investigation into the spill and its aftermath.
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