On Thursday a former manager at Halliburton was charged with destroying evidence following BP’s 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Anthony Badalamenti, who was the cementing technology director for Halliburton Energy Services Inc., was charged in federal court with instructing two Halliburton employees to destroy and delete data during a post-spill review of the cement job on BP’s blown-out well.
Halliburton was BP PLC’s cement contractor on the drilling rig that exploded in the Gulf in April 2010. 11 workers were killed and the event triggered the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history.
Badalamenti, 61, is charged in a bill of information, which typically signals that a defendant is cooperating with prosecutors. His attorney, Tai H. Park, declined to comment. Badalamenti is scheduled to be arraigned on September 30.
On the same day Badalamenti was charged, a federal judge accepted a plea agreement that calls for Halliburton to pay a $200,000 fine for a misdemeanor related to Badalamenti’s alleged conduct.
Halliburton was not charged with a crime related to the causes of the spill, Unlike BP and rig owner Transocean Ltd. The fine Halliburton agreed to pay is the statutory maximum for the misdemeanor charge of the destruction of evidence.
Halliburton has yet to commented on the charge against Badalamenti.