A BP engineer, K.M., was arrested for allegedly deleting text messages which contained information regarding the amount of oil that was being released into the ocean. On April 20th, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded leaving 11 workers dead. It also led to millions of barrels of crude oil being released into the ocean. This huge clean-up operation was considered a crime scene by the U.S. Department of Justice and it was ordered that any communication regarding the incident had to be kept. K.M., one of the engineers in charge of the clean-up, was responsible for determining exactly how much oil had been lost.
However, even though he received orders from his company to keep all communications, he has been accused of deleting at least 200 text messages. Some of these contained shocking information regarding the true amount of oil that had been released into the ocean. At the time, BP was claiming that 5,000 barrels a day were leaking into the water. However, according to his text messages, this number was much higher: 15,000 barrels a day. K.M. has been released from custody on a $100,000 bail and has been charged with two counts of obstructing justice. He is scheduled to appear in court on May 3.
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