Former BP executive gets delay in oil spill trial Former BP executive gets delay in oil spill trial Associated Press file photo -- An explosion April 20, 2010, on the Deepwater Horizon oil platform, leased by BP, killed 11 workers and began spewing an estimated 200 million gallons of crude into the Gulf of Mexico for nearly three months. JANET McCONNAUGHEY| Associated Press Feb. 27, 2014 Comments NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge has indefinitely delayed the trial of a former BP executive accused of lying to Congress in 2010 about the amount of oil spewing from the company’s blown-out well. Trial had been scheduled for March 10 for David Rainey, who was BP’s vice president of exploration for the Gulf of Mexico when the well blew wild in April 2010, killing 11 workers and causing 200 million gallons of oil to spill over a couple months. Rainey was charged with obstructing Congress and lying to law enforcement agents by failing to disclose internal information from BP PLC indicating the amount of oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico could be far higher than the estimates being made publicly. U.S. District Judge Kurt Englehardt threw out the obstruction of Congress charge, though prosecutors appealed and also brought a new indictment on the same charge. In an order Wednesday, Engelhardt said prosecutors and Rainey’s attorneys agreed to set a new date after the appeal is decided. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal has tentatively scheduled arguments the week of April 28. The obstruction charge involves Rainey’s testimony at a subcommittee briefing on May 4, 2010, and his replies that month to written questions. Englehardt ruled it wasn’t clear the obstruction law applies to subcommittees, and the indictment failed to allege Rainey knew of the pending congressional investigation he was charged with obstructing. An indictment alleges the House Energy and Commerce Committee was investigating the blowout through its subcommittee on energy and environment, and Rainey knew it was doing so.