Deepwater Horizon contractor Halliburton to plead guilty to destroying evidence

By on July 26, 2013

The US Justice Department says oil rig contractor Halliburton has agreed to plead guilty to destroying evidence related to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Halliburton had provided cementing services to help seal the Macondo oil well below the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, before an explosion at the site caused an environmental disaster.

The government says the guilty plea is the third by a company over the spill and requires the world’s second-largest oilfield services company to pay a maximum $US200,000 statutory fine.

Halliburton also made a separate, voluntary $US55 million payment to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the Justice Department said.

Halliburton also agreed to three years’ probation and to continue cooperating with the criminal probe into the April 20, 2010 explosion of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig.

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