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Federal government makes first arrest in 2010 BP oil spill case

In the first criminal charges related to the deadly explosion on the Deepwater Horizon rig in April 2010, the Justice Department arrested former
By CAIN BURDEAU and MICHAEL KUNZELMAN Published: April 25, 2012
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No longer works at BP

Mix, 50, of Katy, Texas, appeared before a judge in Houston and was released on $100,000 bail. Mix, who no longer works for BP, said very little during the hearing, answering routine questions about the charges. His attorney declined to comment after the hearing. If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 on each count.

On the first day BP began to use the “top kill” method to plug the leaking well, Mix estimated in a text to his supervisor that 15,000 barrels of oil per day were spilling — an amount greater than what BP said the method could likely handle.

The BP-leased rig Deepwater Horizon exploded the night of April 20, 2010, killing 11 workers and setting off the nation's worst offshore oil disaster. More than 200 million gallons of crude oil flowed out of the well off the Louisiana coast before it was capped July 15, 2010.