Gulf Oil Spill

  Former BP engineer Kurt Mix leaves the federal courthouse after a hearing Tuesday, April 24, 2012, in Houston. Federal prosecutors brought the first criminal charges Tuesday in the Deepwater Horizon disaster, accusing Mix of deleting more than 300 text messages that indicated the blown-out well was spewing far more crude than the company was telling the public at the time. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)
Former BP engineer Kurt Mix leaves the federal courthouse after a hearing Tuesday, April 24, 2012, in Houston. Federal prosecutors brought the first criminal charges Tuesday in the Deepwater Horizon disaster, accusing Mix of deleting more than 300 text messages that indicated the blown-out well was spewing far more crude than the company was telling the public at the time. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

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