The massive explosion at BP's oil refinery in Texas City in 2005, which we recently blogged about, led to safety measures being taken at chemical plant and oil refineries throughout the nation. But similar safety measures were not taken at oil drilling and other gas operations offshore. This was readily apparent after the Deepwater Horizon disaster of 2010.
On Tuesday, May 24th, 2012, Kurt Mix, a former BP engineer, was arrested for destroying evidence of communications requested by federal criminal authorities who were investigating the Deepwater Horizon disaster that occurred on April 20th, 2010. Mix has been charged with two counts of obstruction of justice that were filed in the Eastern District of Louisiana on Tuesday.