A former BP engineer who is the only person criminally charged to date in connection with the 2010 BP oil spill asked a federal judge Monday to order the Justice Department to spell out the charges against him in greater detail. The engineer, Kurt Mix, was charged in May with obstruction of justice for allegedly deleting text messages that showed BP was deliberately underestimating the spill’s size. His attorneys say none of the messages contained “substantive” information about the spill.
Now, they are asking prosecutors for a “bill of particulars” better explaining the indictment’s charges — in particular, which of the deleted messages forms the basis of the charges.
At issue are “over 200” deleted text messages with a person listed as “supervisor” in the indictment and “over 100” deleted text messages with a person listed as “contractor.”