A federal judge is setting a new trial date for a former BP executive charged with obstructing a congressional investigation into the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt has scheduled a pretrial conference on August 11, when he, prosecutors, and lawyers for Rainey will discuss a trial date for David Rainey.
A federal appeals court ruled last month that Rainey can be tried for obstructing a congressional investigation into the 2010 Gulf oil spill that followed the Deepwater Horizon explosion.
Rainey allegedly failed to disclose information from BP that showed how much crude oil might be spilling into the Gulf after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion.
The blowout of BP’s Macondo well off the coast of Louisiana in April 2010 killed 11 workers and caused the biggest ocean spill in U.S. history.
Prosecutors have alleged that during a May 4, 2010 congressional hearing, Rainey withheld information about the estimated flow rate from the damaged Macondo well.
The government also alleges that Rainey provided then-Rep. Edward Markey with false and misleading information about flow-rate estimates.
Markey is now a Democratic senator from Massachusetts.
Rainey has pleaded not guilty to all charges.
In December last year, Kurt Mix, a former BP drilling engineer, was convicted of destroying evidence about the size of the oil spill. But in June he was granted a new trial because of juror misconduct.
Two BP well site leaders — Robert Kaluza and Donald Vidrine — have pleaded not guilty to manslaughter charges and still face trials.
BP pleaded guilty in 2012 to 14 offenses — including 11 felony counts of seaman manslaughter, single misdemeanors under the Clean Water Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, and a felony count for obstruction of Congress by misrepresenting the size of the spill.
The company agreed to pay $4 billion to resolve the federal criminal charges.