Exec not guilty in oil spill probe

Los Angeles Times - - THE NATION -

A fed­eral jury found a for­mer BP ex­ec­u­tive not guilty of mak­ing false state­ments to in­ves­ti­ga­tors in con­nec­tion with the 2010 Gulf of Mex­ico oil spill.

Pros­e­cu­tors said David Rainey, in the early days of the spill, had ma­nip­u­lated cal­cu­la­tions to match a fart-oo-low gov­ern­ment es­ti­mate of the amount of oil spew­ing into the Gulf af­ter the ex­plo­sion of the Deep­wa­ter Hori­zon drilling rig. He was charged with ly­ing about hav­ing done so dur­ing a 2011 in­ter­view with fed­eral in­ves­ti­ga­tors. How­ever, de­fense at­tor­neys said Rainey’s fig­ures were made hon­estly.

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