This is turning out to be kind of a big news day for BP. They've also racked up their first Macondo-related conviction.According to the U.S. Coast Guard, in the past few weeks this one spot has yielded 1.5 million pounds of “oily material” – a designation that includes oil products as well as associated shell, sand and water.And that’s in addition to 1.79 million pounds already collected from Fourchon, by far the largest share of the 8.9 million pounds recovered from all Louisiana beaches in the past two years.
Shortly after beginning its third day of deliberations, a federal jury Wednesday morning convicted BP engineer Kurt Mix of one count of obstructing justice.
Mix was the target of the government’s first criminal prosecution resulting from the 2010 BP oil spill for allegedly obstructing justice by deleting a string of text messages and voice mails. On Tuesday, jurors told U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval Jr. they could not agree unanimously on the two obstruction counts, each of which carries a maximum prison term of 20 years. Duval sent the jury back into deliberations after reading the “Allen charge,” a last-resort measure meant to push a jury to reach a verdict.