"Halliburton To Plead Guilty To Destroying Evidence in Gulf Spill Case"

"Oil field services firm Halliburton will plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge of destroying evidence related to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill in exchange for a fine and probation, the Justice Department said Thursday."

"Halliburton has agreed, subject to the court’s approval, to pay $200,000, the maximum-available statutory fine, and to be subject to three years of probation, the Justice Department said. The stunning development follows testimony at a civil trial earlier this year at which a former company lab manager admitted that he was asked to throw away his notes on some cement testing the company did after the spill.

It comes as a federal judge in New Orleans is weighing whether Halliburton, Transocean and BP were grossly negligent in connection with the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history."

Harry R. Weber reports for fuelFix July 25, 2013.

SEE ALSO:

"Halliburton Pleads Guilty to Destroying Evidence After Gulf Spill" (New York Times)

"Halliburton To Plead Guilty To Destroying Evidence In BP Spill" (Washington Post)

"Halliburton Says It Also Is Part Of U.S. Fracking Antitrust Probe" (Reuters)

Source: fuelFix, 07/26/2013