A federal jury found former BP executive David Rainey not guilty of making false statements in a 2011 interview with government authorities about the daily estimates of oil spewing into the Gulf of Mexico in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon disaster. The trial centered around whether or not Rainey intentionally manipulated his calculations to match a very low early National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration estimate of about 5,000 barrels a day. A federal judge in charge of the civil litigation surrounding the spill recently determined that the actual likely amount was about 36,000 barrels a day. Rainey had also faced a charge of obstruction of Congress, but it was dropped earlier last week.
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