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26 Jul 2013

Adam Withnall, Independent (UK)

Gulf of Mexico oil spill: Halliburton pleads guilty to destroying evidence

The US cement contractor working for BP on the drill that caused the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill has agreed to plead guilty to destroying evidence relating to the investigation of the disaster. The Department of Justice said yesterday that…Halliburton Energy Services agreed to pay the maximum statutory fine, believed to be $200,000, to be on probation for three years and that it would continue to cooperate with the government's criminal investigation…Halliburton issued a statement saying it had accepted guilt for “one misdemeanour violation associated with the deletion of records” and that the Justice Department had agreed it will not pursue further criminal prosecution of the company or its subsidiaries.