BP executive charged with lying to authorities

FILE - In this April 22, 2010 file photo, David Rainey, BP's vice president for Gulf of Mexico production, speaks to the media in New Orleans about the ongoing operations surrounding the Deepwater Horizon mobile offshore drilling unit explosion. Rainey, was indicted on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012, on counts of obstruction of Congress and false statements. The indictment claims the former executive lied to federal investigators when they asked him how he calculated a flow rate estimate for BP's blown-out well in the days after the disaster. (AP Photo/Cheryl Gerber, File)
FILE - In this April 22, 2010 file photo, David Rainey, BP's vice president for Gulf of Mexico production, speaks to the media in New Orleans about the ongoing operations surrounding the Deepwater Horizon mobile offshore drilling unit explosion. Rainey, was indicted on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012, on counts of obstruction of Congress and false statements. The indictment claims the former executive lied to federal investigators when they asked him how he calculated a flow rate estimate for BP's blown-out well in the days after the disaster. (AP Photo/Cheryl Gerber, File)

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A BP executive has been indicted on charges that he lied to authorities about his work estimating the rate oil was flowing during the 2010 Gulf oil spill disaster.

A federal indictment unsealed Thursday charges David Rainey, who was BP’s vice president of exploration for the Gulf of Mexico, on charges of obstruction of Congress and false statements.

The indictment claims that Rainey lied to federal investigators when they asked him how he calculated a flow rate estimate for BP’s blown-out well in the days after the April 2010 disaster.

Indictments charging two BP well site leaders with manslaughter were also unsealed Thursday.

Earlier, BP announced that it has agreed to pay $4.5 billion in a settlement with the U.S. government and to plead guilty to felony counts related to the deaths of 11 workers and lying to Congress.