Halliburton Admits It Destroyed BP Spill Evidence
It trashed test results related to the construction of Macondo well
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 25, 2013 7:13 PM CDT
Updated Jul 26, 2013 12:15 AM CDT
In this April 21, 2010, file photo, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig burns in the Gulf of Mexico.   (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

(Newser) – Halliburton admits it destroyed evidence related to the construction of the notorious Macondo well that ruptured in 2010 in the Gulf of Mexico and caused the biggest oil spill in US history, reports Reuters. Eleven rig workers were killed. The company will plead guilty to the charge and pay the maximum fine of $200,000, the Justice Department announced. Halliburton also made a voluntary $55 million payment to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.

Halliburton destroyed the evidence during an internal investigation into what went wrong and who was to blame. BP owned the well, but Halliburton oversaw the pouring of cement during its drilling, explains the Times-Picayune of New Orleans. Halliburton recommended that BP use 21 "centralizers," or metal collars, on the well, but BP used only six. When Halliburton ran simulated tests during its spill investigation, the results showed that it made little difference whether BP used six or 21. That didn't please Halliburton execs, so they ordered the results destroyed, say the feds. They did the same with results from a second simulation that reached the same conclusion. (Read the full Justice Department explanation via Boing Boing.)

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Jul 27, 2013 3:54 PM CDT
The next time someone tells you capitalism is the best system remember this, "Corporate greed knows no bounds". We need strong laws regulating corporations. They will stoop to anything to make more money and that includes killing people and polluting the planet.
Jul 26, 2013 10:42 AM CDT
Only a 200,000 fine? Somewhere, Dick Cheney is smiling.
Jul 26, 2013 10:30 AM CDT
Halliburton will plead guilty and pay the fine, then turn around and bilk the government out of ten times that much and get away with it.