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Prosecutors say David Rainey ...
Prosecutors say David Rainey misled members of Congress over the amount of oil spilled in the April 2010 Deepwater Horizon incident.
In June 2014, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans said a lower court judge misinterpreted the obstruction statute in dismissing the charge against Rainey, a former BP exploration vice president.
The April 20, 2010, explosion of the Deepwater Horizon rig led to 11 deaths and the largest U.S. offshore oil spill.
Prosecutors accused Rainey
of telling the House of Representatives
subcommittee on energy and environment on May 4, 2010, and in a subsequent letter that just 5,000 barrels of oil a day were being released, when his
own estimates pointed to a much higher flow rate.
Another indictment charges David ...
Another indictment charges David Rainey, who was BP's vice president of exploration for the Gulf of Mexico, on charges of obstruction of Congress and false statements.
The indictment claims the former executive lied to federal investigators when they asked him how he calculated a flow rate estimate for BP's blown-out well in the days after the April 2010 disaster.
Before Thursday, the only person charged in the disaster was a former BP engineer who was arrested in April on obstruction of justice charges.
was accused of deleting text messages about the company's response to the spill.
FILE - In this April 22, 2010 file photo, David Rainey, BP's vice president for Gulf of Mexico production, speaks to the media in New Orleans about the ongoing operations surrounding the Deepwater Horizon mobile offshore drilling unit explosion. Rainey, was indicted on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012, on counts of obstruction of Congress and false statements. The indictment claims the former executive lied to federal investigators when they asked him how he calculated a flow rate estimate for BP's blown-out well in the days after the disaster. (AP Photo/Cheryl Gerber, File)
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Facebook Q&A with BP's Dave Rainey
From new research findings to updates on seafood testing protocols, read the latest Facebook Q&A with Dave Rainey, Vice President of Science and Technology for BP's Gulf Coast Restoration Organization.
Also on Wednesday, a federal judge ...
Also on Wednesday, a federal judge in a related case indefinitely postponed a criminal trial set to begin March 10 for David Rainey, a former vice-president of exploration for the Gulf of Mexico.
was charged with obstructing an investigation by Congress into the Gulf
spill, and another count of lying to law-enforcement officials.
David Rainey, a former BP ...
David Rainey, a former BP vice president in charge of exploration in the Gulf of Mexico, was charged with felony obstruction of justice for allegedly lying to Congress and federal law enforcement officials about the amount of oil leaking from the well.
Attorneys for all three men have vowed to fight the charges.
Reid H. Weingarten and Brian M. Heberlig, attorneys for Rainey
, slammed BP for acquiescing to the government's charges.
did not commit the crimes charged in the indictment, period.