DOJ: Halliburton to plead guilty to destroying evidence
BATON ROUGE - The Department of Justice announced today that Halliburton Energy Services Inc. agreed to plead guilty to destroying evidence in connection with the Deepwater Horizon disaster.
The DOJ charged Halliburton with one count of destruction of evidence Thursday in U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Louisiana.
Hallburton was BP's cement contractor on the drilling rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. The DOJ said they admitted to destroying computer models created after the explosion of cementing around the Macondo well. The models examined how the well would have performed using more metal collars called centralizers, which Halliburton said they recommended BP use.
The computers models reportedly showed no difference between the 21 centralizers Halliburton recommended, and the six which were in place when the blowout happened, killing 11 workers and resulting in the largest oil spill in U. S. history.
As part of the plea agreement, the DOJ says Halliburton will pay the maximum-available statutory fine, be subject to three years of probation and to continue its cooperation in the government's ongoing criminal investigation.
Halliburton separately made a voluntary contribution of $55 million to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation which the DOJ said was not part of the plea agreement.