Guilty of Destroying Gulf Evidence

Friday, October 18, 2013 @ 12:10 PM gHale

A former Halliburton manager pleaded guilty to destroying evidence after BP’s Deepwater Horizon rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico.

Anthony Badalamenti, 62, of Katy, TX, faces a maximum sentence of one year in prison and a $100,000 fine after his guilty plea Tuesday in U.S. District Court to one count of destruction of evidence. Sentencing will be Jan. 21.

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The April 2010 blowout of BP’s Macondo well off the Louisiana coast triggered an explosion that killed 11 workers on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig and led to millions of gallons of oil spilling into the Gulf.

Badalamenti was the cementing technology director for Halliburton Energy Services, BP’s contractor on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig.

Prosecutors said he instructed two Halliburton employees to delete data during a post-spill review of the cement job on BP’s blown-out Macondo well.

Last month, a federal judge accepted a separate plea agreement that calls for Halliburton to pay a $200,000 fine stemming from Badalamenti’s conduct.

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