Charges in Deepwater Horizon oil spill investigation

The Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico in April 2010, killing 11 men and spewing 200 million gallons of oil. Credit: AP Photo/Gerald Herbert

US prosecutors have brought the first criminal charges over the Gulf oil spill, accusing a former BP engineer 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.

Two years and four days after the Deepwater Horizon drilling-rig explosion which killed 11 workers and set off the worst offshore oil spill in US history, Kurt Mix, 50, of Katy, Texas, was arrested and charged with two counts of obstruction of justice for allegedly destroying evidence.