Federal judge says former BP engineer can travel to China pending trial

Associated Press

A former BP engineer who won a new trial this year on a charge relating to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill has been granted permission to travel abroad.

A federal judge said Thursday that Kurt Mix will be allowed to travel to China in November to attend his stepson's wedding and visit with family.

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Prosecutors have accused Mix of deleting text messages about the amount of oil flowing from a blown-out well after the Deepwater Horizon disaster. He was convicted on one count in 2013 but won a new trial based on juror misconduct. He has pleaded not-guilty.

His lawyers have said there is ample evidence that the Katy, Texas, man shared information about the flow rate with federal officials investigating the disaster.