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Halliburton guilty of destroying oil spill evidence

Halliburton has agreed to pay the maximum fine, of $200,000, to be on probation for three years and continue to cooperate with the government's criminal investigation.

The plea agreement is subject to court approval, the company said.

Halliburton was BP's cement contractor on the drilling rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. Credit: Reuters

Halliburton was BP's cement contractor on the drilling rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. The blowout triggered an explosion that killed 11 workers and spilled millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf.

In December 2011, BP asked a judge to sanction Halliburton for its handling of cement testing and Displace 3D modeling results. Halliburton claimed that its modeling results were "gone" and could not be found.

Company fined over Deepwater Horizon

Halliburton Energy Services has agreed to plead guilty to destroying evidence in connection with the 2010 Gulf Deepwater Horizon oil spill, according to the Department of Justice.

Fire boat response crews battle the blazing remnants of the off shore oil rig Deepwater Horizon. Credit: Reuters

Federal officials said in a news release that a criminal information charging Halliburton with one count of destruction of evidence was filed in federal court in Louisiana.

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