April 25, 2011 A3 by Tom Fowler
Byline reads: "Engineer accused of deleting texts on flow rate, which can determine possible fines"
Excerpt: "The government said the deleted texts included estimates of how much oil was gushing into the Gulf of Mexico as BP tried to stem the flow, including some estimates that were significantly higher than BP was publicly acknowledging at the time.
Investigators have long been looking into whether BP intentionally withheld or played down the size of the spill..."
Majia here: The article explains that the size of the spill is important because it impacts criminal fines under the US Clean Water Act, which is determined on the number of barrels spilled.
The article also explains that while BP was claiming a mere 5,000 barrels a day, the sleazy Mr Mix wrote that there was over 15,000 barrels of flow rate.
Here is an important new report on state of the gulf:
"Gulf seafood deformities alarm scientists"
Here is an essay on the BP oil spill I wrote:
Here are several of my recent posts on the subject
BP Hid Oil With Corexit Knowing Civil Penalty Is Per Barrel
Dolphin Deaths in The Gulf: Why the Censorship of Science?
BP Macondo Still Leaking, Seafood Dangerous