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Criminal Charges For BP Engineer
Federal officials are throwing out their first bone to blood thirsty environmentalists (like you and I) who seek justice for BP’s 2010 oil spill. Kurt Mix, a 50 year old BP engineer is being charged with obstruction of justice for deleting hundreds of text messages sent to his superiors describing the shit tons of oil leaking out of BP’s Horizon well.
According to the Huffington Post, the criminal charges against Mix may “validate concerns raised by scientists, elected officials and environmental groups that BP officials deliberately misled the government and the public about how much oil was leaking from the ruptured well.”
In the early months of the spill, BP reportedly supplied the government with daily estimates of leakage ranging from 1,000 to 5,000 barrels a day. It sounds horrific but when stacked up against the real numbers which the government is now estimating at roughly 50,000 barrels per day, it becomes a nightmare of epic f*cking proportions, one which many believe spawned a massive disinformation campaign and coverup. Shocking, I know.
Unfortunately for Kurt, he may or may not have played a role in the coverup, however, as in most major catastrophes, someone has to hang so that “we the people” can get forget about it and go back to focusing on really horrifying stuff like Keeping Up With The Kardashians. Kurt will be the first in probably a series of insignificant BP employees tossed to the wolves in the coming months. Top brass at BP on the other hand can rest well knowing that they’ve spent enough money on Washington lobbyists to ever have to see the end of that rope.