April 24th, 2012
01:02 PM ET

First criminal charges filed in Gulf oil spill

The first criminal charges have been filed in connection with the 2010 Gulf oil spill, the Justice Department said Tuesday.

Former BP engineer Kurt Mix was arrested Tuesday on charges of intentionally destroying evidence requested by the authorities.

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  1. saywhat

    One BP engineer ? Is that the extent of culpability in this case of huge proportions?

    April 24, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Rainbows and lollipops… Oh, hi everybody! I don’t have anything relevant to contribute. Just wanted to waste CNN blogosphere space with predictable leftist rhetoric. I’m the clown in charge of the confirmation bias we 80 IQ dimocrats that inhabit this blog! Rainbows and lollipops…

      April 26, 2012 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  2. Lee

    I am sure his prison cell will be nicer than most apartments.

    April 24, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  3. JD

    Wow. What a story... Thanks for the two sentences. But on second thought I guess that really does sum it up, haha.

    April 24, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  4. rika33

    Wow – years of investgations, hundreds of federal investigators and lawyers, millions in taxpayer money and they have found an engineer who may have destroyed evidence requested by them. Maybe they can arrest a couple of riggers and claim legal victory – while the fat cats who ran the company (but have goog lawyers) run free. Way to go Justice Department!

    April 24, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    I don't believe for a minute the oil spill desaster in the Gulf is the result of a simple case of negligence! Its occured one year later and almost to the day marking the one year anniversary of the historic healthcare legislation! What about the terrorist elements in the GOP and their Tea Party? You know the ones who like Rush Limbaugh and Ted Nugent continue to conspire to alienate and undermine our democracy, insighting violence and domestic terrorism? And with lunatics like Rush Limbaugh, Ted Nugent and the rightwing elements spreading their hate in disregard for human life, its no surprise that Congresswoman Gabriella Giffords is now crippled for life!

    April 24, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Melissa

      you sir are Misguided. You preach about hate and here you are spewing it.

      April 24, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Krt

      what oil clean up? Not once have I seen a picture of a bird covered in oil from that mishap.

      April 24, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat) ©

      @ Krt

      Then you obviously slept through all of the news coverage.

      April 24, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • mickey1313

      Krt, if you are that miss informed, then just use this night's tool called Google and look it up.

      April 24, 2012 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Lost my keys

    My beach front Florida condo appriased 8 months before the oil spill for $585k by a licensed Florida appraiser. 8 months after the oil spill I sold it for $163k and it appraised out at $163k. Yes the market crashed but no doubt the 3x daily oil clean up on Perdido Key affected the value. IRS and GCCF/BP say "no" to lost property value due to the spill. Unbelievable and unjustified.

    April 24, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • youaretheblues

      Sorry to hear about your loss, it is unfair that Transocean, a foreign corporation, profitted $240,000,000 in insurance for the defective rig it leased to BP.

      April 25, 2012 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
  7. EcoFriendly

    One minor engineer scapegoat?

    How about throwing Obama and Dept of Interior Ken Salazar in jail for taking $71,000 in campaign contributions from BP and, in exchange, withholding the video of the bubbling crude for three weeks? How about the Dept of Interior Mines & Mineral agents that accepted bribes in exchange for a permit to use that crappy oilhead that couldn’t turn off? How about throwing Obama in jail for using the dispersant that makes the goo coat the oil floor, far in excess of EPA regulations, just to avoid the political imagery of oil hitting the coastline.

    I voted for reform and got Obama, best friend of BP. At least he veto’d the Keystone pipeline.

    April 24, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Portland tony

      Next time you vote for President make sure he or she has a PhD in petrochemical engineering. If you want immediate decisions on the stopping of oil spills, that is! Jeez!

      April 24, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      You do realize that Bush and his family are prominate in the oil field, RIGHT?

      April 24, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  8. mickey1313

    Why don't they charge the ceo and the board of directors, for hireing a position that assesses whether a crime will cost a company more the it will gain them. All corporate crime should cost the company 100 times what they gained.

    April 24, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Now *there's* an idea.....!

      April 24, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  9. John

    What took so long??? Did Al sharpton and the blacks march and scream?

    April 24, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
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      April 24, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  10. omg

    Who knows wht the long term effects will be. Its very sad . I was raised on the gulf.

    Too many make too much $ on the way things are now, to let it go.

    It will have to be "the end of the world "
    To set the new way of things . 😀

    We can't build on hate and greed...

    April 24, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  11. bobcat (in a hat) ©

    Some of the long term effects are starting to show up in our seafood Shrimp are smaller than normal and have lesions. Many species of fish are showing lesions. This used to happen on occasion, but since the oil spill the effects are becoming more pronounced and regular. I've lived on the gulf coast for thirty five years, and until now have loved to eat our local seafood. Not anymore.

    April 24, 2012 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      I cannot imagine not being able to eat your local seafood...

      But hey! All of those PB ads say, "ComeOn Down!"

      Yeah, right.
      All is forgiven, huh?

      April 24, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat) ©

      @ banasy©

      The "experts". obviously who were hired by BP, say the seafood is fine too eat. I've been out catching these fish and have had to throw many back. The sores on these fish are undiscribable. So if any of these "experts" would like to come to my house, I will be more than happy to fry up a batch of these fish for them.

      April 24, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat) ©

      Oh, and one more thing. Two years after the fact, they are still having to come back and clean up oil from the beaches.
      The oil is now in the form of tar ball and oil mats. This is going to be an ongoing effort for years to come.

      April 24, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Soooo why are they arresting a BP engineer? For obstruction of Justice? Hmmmm?
    Seems to me, a faulty blowout preventer is a "contract aquisition", from somebody other than BP.
    I know somebody has had a hard-on for charging BP, for some time now, JUST BECAUSE BP HAS MONEY.

    April 24, 2012 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      There is more than enough blame to go around, Jeff.
      An investigation of this magnitude takes time.
      Do I believe BP is soley responsible?
      Will there be further charges agaainst further people/corporations?
      Well, the wording is "first charges", so maybe...I sincerely hope so!
      Is this a smmoke screen to cover up a useless congress or the Party of No, whose major contributions of obstruction added to the ecomomy's woe's?
      Of course not, and neither is your scenario.

      April 24, 2012 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Just another smoke screen erected like the free contraception thing, as a smear campaign to cover over John you know who, and to cover up our bankrupt economy, and the horrific unemployment.
    Even if they get one thin dime out of BP, what are they going to do? Provide slush to the OWS, like they did Solyndra?

    April 24, 2012 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  14. TORI ©

    One engineer is culpable for destroying evidence. How about holding the head honchos of BP responsible for the disaster that is now the Gulf. I won't eat any seafood that comes from the Gulf of Mexico and I grew up on it.

    April 24, 2012 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |