The Justice Department opened a criminal investigation of the spill. The only person facing charges so far is former BP engineer Kurt Mix, who was arrested in Texas in April on obstruction of justice charges. Mix is accused of deleting text messages about the company's response to the spill, not what happened before the explosion.
I really question how they could successfully prosecute two others for manslaughter. Even though, IMO, exaggerated claims have been made about what "they" should have known that would have prevented the disaster, I've seen no evidence that would warrant the charges. This comes across like bloodlust to satisfy the cries for justice and retribution.
ETA: making the mistake of accepting bogus explanations that misinterpret readings would be, could be, gross negligence. Just don't know if it rises to the level of 11 manslaughter counts.....a possible life sentence. Also, wasn't there a fail safe built in that didn't function?
This post was edited on 11/15 at 2:25 pm