Kurt Mix Facts
  • Looking back now at the Justice Department’s conduct, I realize that I made one egregious error: I naïvely believed that the task force simply wanted the truth.

    — Kurt Mix, Wall Street Journal Op-Ed, November 9, 2015

  • Four years and millions of dollars later, this case closed with a no-jail-time minor misdemeanor wrist slap—the equivalent of a traffic ticket for failing to get BP’s permission before deleting text messages with a close friend.

    — Michael McGovern, Defense Counsel, US v. Mix

  • The total misjudgment and mismanagement of this case by the Department of Justice should alarm everyone who cares about an impartial and professional legal system. This case is the new poster-child for what prosecutors should not do.

    — Joan McPhee, Lead Defense Counsel, US vs. Mix

  • The spill was a tragedy, which has only been made worse by the prosecution of Mix who deleted innocuous email texts while working long hours to find a way to stop the oil spill.

    — Walter Pavlo, Forbes contributor

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6/1/2016
Some Louisianan children recently opened a lemonade stand and were ticketed for operating a business without an occupational license or paying taxes on their earnings. This not only highlights the absurdity of criminalizing children who were too young to obtain an occupational license or to even pa... Read More

4/6/2016
By Bruce Thompson Now that U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier has approved the $20.8-billion settlement in the BP oil spill case, we can look at tying up the loose ends.  The biggest remaining injustice is that the man who was the project leader for the successful effort to stop the leak, Kurt M... Read More

3/7/2016
Mark Schleifstein of the New Orleans Times Picayune reports: The U.S. Justice Department will file a motion to approve a proposed $20.8 billion settlement of civil claims between BP and federal, state and local governments stemming from the Deepwater Horizon disaster and oil spill on March 31, a f... Read More

3/6/2016
Published on Sunday, 6 March 2016 19:35 - Written by Alex Mills, Texas Alliance of Energy Producers The impact of the blowout of the Deepwater Horizon six years ago will be felt for many years to come. The economic and environmental aspects have been staggering. But for five individuals, the long a... Read More

2/27/2016
Judges dismissed charges related to Deepwater Horizon blowout; tally: 3 misdemeanors
Fireboats work on the Deepwater Horizon oil drilling platform in the Gulf of Mexico the day after the blowout in 2010. Photo:... Read More

2/26/2016
Posted Feb 26, 2016 12:15 pm CST By Terry Carter A federal jury in New Orleans on Thursday found a former BP rig engineer not guilty on a charge that his negligence caused the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill to initially go undetected, the Associated Press reports. Robert Kaluza had been charged with... Read More

1/6/2016
U.S. Department of Justice's misguided pursuit of man highlights failures of its conviction attempts in BP case By Joan McPhee and Michael McGovern January 6, 2016 After years of prosecution and millions of taxpayer dollars, the U.S. Department of Justice is now 0-4 in its pursuit of felony c... Read More

11/17/2015
Anna Anguillar Louisiana Record  NEW ORLEANS —In a case related to the 2010 BP oil spill, former engineer Kurt Mix was convicted of a single misdemeanor violation earlier this month for deleting text messages without the company's permission, a charge that carries no jail time and no fine... Read More

11/9/2015
Offshoreenergytoday.com In the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, the Department of Justice (DOJ) on Friday dropped all obstruction of justice charges against former BP engineer Kurt Mix related to the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Kurt Mix was a drilling and completions... Read More

11/9/2015
Kurt Mix Wall Street Journal This op-ed originally appeared in the November 9th, 2015 edition of the Wall Street Jorunal At 6:30 a.m. on April 24, 2012, federal agents, wearing Kevlar vests and with guns drawn, raided my home in Katy, Texas, with a warrant for my arrest. This was as shocking to me a... Read More

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