Halliburton Admits Destroying Gulf Spill Evidence

July 31, 2013

Journalists who worried about a cover-up during the April 2010 blowout of BP's Deepwater Horizon drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico got some vindication this month when Halliburton admitted to destroying evidence.

Halliburton, the well-services company that performed the cement job on the blown out well, said July 25, 2013, that it would plead guilty under an agreement with the Justice Department. The agreement had yet to be approved and finalized by a court as this WatchDog was being published.

The destruction of evidence count was a criminal misdemeanor. Halliburton also agreed to pay $200,000 in fines and donate $55 million to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.