Posted: Sep 19, 2013 12:05 PM
Updated: Sep 19, 2013 12:05 PM
Source: Associated Press
NEW ORLEANS - Halliburton Energy Services will pay a $200,000 fine for destroying evidence after the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
A federal judge accepted the plea deal today.
Halliburton pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge.
It comes after data was deleted for a post-spill review of the cement job on BP's blown-out Macondo well.
The company could have withdrawn its guilty plea if U.S. District Judge Jane Triche Milazzo had rejected its deal with the Justice Department.
Halliburton also agreed to make a $55 million contribution to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, but that payment was not a condition of the deal.
The company was BP's cement contractor on the drilling rig that exploded in the Gulf in April 2010, killing 11 workers.