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.