US seeks reinstatement of charge in BP spill case

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) – A federal appeals court in New Orleans is set to hear arguments about charges facing a former BP executive over allegations that he concealed information from Congress about the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
David Rainey was charged with obstructing a congressional investigation and lying to law enforcement agents by failing to disclose internal information from BP PLC. Prosecutors said the information indicated that the amount of oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico after the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion could be far higher than the estimates being made publicly.
U.S. District Judge Kurt Englehardt threw out the obstruction-of-Congress charge. Prosecutors have appealed and arguments were set for Wednesday at the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Prosecutors also have brought a new indictment on the same charge.

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