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Halliburton admits destroying Gulf oil spill evidence

6:37 PM, Jul 25, 2013   |    comments
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Halliburton Energy Services has admitted destroying evidence in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico and will plead guilty to criminal charges, the Department of Justice announced Thursday.

Under the plea agreement, which requires court approval, Houston-based Halliburton will also face three years of probation, pay the maximum fine possible and continue to cooperate in the Justice Department's criminal investigation of the April 2010 explosion and fire on the drilling platform, which killed 11 rig workers.

Separately, Halliburton made a $55 million "voluntary contribution" to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.

The spill was the largest in U.S. history: nearly 5 million barrels of crude oil poured into the Gulf before the sea-floor gusher was capped three months later.

USA TODAY

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