A federal appeals court has ruled that a former BP engineer deserves a new trial on obstruction charges in connection to allegations that he deleted text messages detailing how much oil was spilling into the Gulf of Mexico in the wake of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster.

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Kurt Mix, 52, was convicted in 2013 of deleting more than 300 text messages, some of which revealed the actual amount of oil being spilled. Investigators recovered most of the text messages and discovered that BP was telling the public a massively deflated figure regarding how much oil was being released.
The spill, which lasted three months, released some 134 million gallons of oil and soiled 1,000 miles of Gulf of Mexico coastline, according to a lawsuit against the company that was settled Thursday for $18.7 billion, the largest US legal settlement over an environmental disaster.
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