NEW ORLEANS — Halliburton will plead guilty to destroying crucial evidence in the Deepwater Horizon disaster in 2010, announced on Tuesday by the U.S. Justice Department.
According to court documents, Halliburton threw out test results which showed any difference in the number of devices needed to center the cement casing in the well of the Deepwater Horizon rig off the coast of Louisiana.
Halliburton had recommended that well owner BP use 21 centralizers, but BP used only six. This issue has been major point of arguments between BP and Halliburton since the spill which killed eleven rig workers and caused the largest oil spill in U.S. history.
Halliburton is the third of the three major players to admit criminal wrongdoing in the blowout and resulting oil spill. BP and Texas rig operator Transocean have already pleaded guilty to other charges related to the disaster.