Saturday, September 21, 2013
Halliburton [corporate website] pleaded guilty [DOJ press release] in US federal court on Thursday to charges that it had destroyed evidence in connection with its role in the BP oil spill in 2010. The company admitted that it had tampered with a protected computer [Reuters report], erasing 3D models of the affected wells, in order to destroy evidence of its role in the disaster. Halliburton manager Anthony Badalamenti was also formally charged Thursday with one criminal count of tampering with evidence. US District Judge Jane Triche Milazzo of the US District Court for the Eastern District Court of Louisiana accepted the plea, and imposed the statutory maximum sentence of $200,000. The company has also been placed on probation for a period of three years.