“Today a jury in New Orleans found that Kurt Mix purposefully obstructed the efforts of law enforcement during the investigation of the largest environmental disaster in U.S. history,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Mythili Raman. “This prosecution shows the commitment of the Justice Department to hold accountable those who attempt to interfere with the administration of justice.”
The deletions followed explosions aboard the oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico that killed 11 employees and unleashed the country’s worst environmental disaster. Many of the texts referred to how much oil was flowing into the Gulf.
BP estimates it has paid nearly $12.8 billion in federal fines and claims resulting from the spill. The disaster devastated fisheries and other industries along the Gulf Coast, and biologists say the spill has had long-lasting effects on fish, mammals, birds, and other wildlife in the region.