Halliburton pleads guilty to destroying Gulf spill evidence
(REUTERS) - Halliburton Co has agreed to plead guilty to destroying evidence related to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, the United States (US) Department of Justice said on Thursday.
The government said the guilty plea is the third by a company over the spill, and requires the world's second-largest oilfield services company to pay a maximum US$200,000 (S$253,000) statutory fine. Halliburton also made a separate, voluntary US$55 million payment to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the Justice Department said.
Halliburton also agreed to three years of probation, and to continue cooperating with the criminal probe into the April 20, 2010, explosion of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig.
Court approval of the settlement is required.