Ex-Halliburton manager charged in Gulf spill probe
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A former Halliburton employee was charged on Thursday with destroying evidence following BP's 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Anthony Badalamenti, who had been the cementing technology director for Halliburton Energy Services, was charged in federal court with instructing two other employees to delete data during a post-spill review of the cement job on BP's blown-out well.
Halliburton was BP's cement contractor on the drilling rig that exploded in the Gulf in April 2010, killing 11 workers and triggering the largest offshore oil spill in US history. The 61-year-old Badalamenti of Katy, Texas, is charged in a bill of information, which typically signals that a defendant is cooperating with prosecutors.
Also on Thursday, a federal judge accepted a plea agreement that calls for the Houston-based company to pay a US$200,000 (S$250,000) fine for conduct related to the charge against Badalamenti.