Travel restriction eased for ex-BP exec facing charges related to Gulf oil spill

NEW ORLEANS – A travel restriction is being eased for a former BP executive facing trial for allegedly lying to Congress in 2010 about the amount of oil that was spewing from the company’s blown-out well in the Gulf of Mexico.

David Rainey, who was recently granted a delay in a trial that had been set for March 10, will be allowed to leave the continental United States for a week in late March. He sought permission recently to travel to the United Kingdom.

Rainey, now an executive with BHP Billiton Petroleum, will travel to attend that corporation’s London board meeting and to visit his mother in Northern Ireland. Prosecutors did not oppose the motion, which was approved Thursday by U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt.