Halliburton to plead guilty to destroying evidence

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Halliburton has agreed to plead guilty to destroying evidence in the Deepwater Horizon disaster, the Justice Department said.

Halliburton has been charged with one count of destroying evidence, according to a filing made today in U.S. District Court in Louisiana. The company has signed a cooperation and guilty plea agreement, the Justice Department said.

In April 2010, there was an explosion at the Deepwater Horizon rig in the Gulf of Mexico which resulted in the deaths of 11 rig workers and the largest oil spill in U.S. history. In early May, Halliburton conducted its own investigation of the incident, which included two computer simulations of the well's final cementing job.

According to the Justice Department report, the program manager was directed to destroy the results and similar evidence was destroyed about a month later.

In agreeing to plead guilty, Halliburton "has accepted criminal responsibility" for destroying this evidence, the Justice Department said.

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