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Halliburton manager pleads guilty to destroying Macondo evidence

17 October 2013

On October 15 a former Halliburton manager pleaded guilty to destroying evidence in the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon explosion that caused BP's massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Anthony Badalamenti, 62, of Katy, Texas, faces a maximum sentence of 1 year in prison and a $100,000 fine after his guilty plea to one misdemeanor count of destruction of evidence. 

His sentencing is set for January 21.

Badalamenti, the former cementing technology director for Halliburton Energy Services, instructed two Halliburton employees to delete data during a post-spill review of the cement job on BP's blown-out Macondo well.

HES was BP's cement contractor on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig. Last month, a federal judge accepted a separate plea agreement calling for Halliburton to pay a $200,000 fine for a misdemeanor stemming from Badalamenti's conduct. Halliburton also agreed to be on probation for three years and to make a $55 million contribution to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, but that payment was not a condition of the deal.

The April 20, 2010, rig explosion killed 11 workers and led to the nation's worst offshore oil spill.




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