Date set for Halliburton guilty plea

2013-08-01 08:30
An oil-covered crab is seen on an oil-impacted beach at the mouth of the Mississippi River near Venice, Louisiana. (Charlie Riedel, AP, file)

An oil-covered crab is seen on an oil-impacted beach at the mouth of the Mississippi River near Venice, Louisiana. (Charlie Riedel, AP, file)

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New Orleans - A federal judge has scheduled a hearing on 19 September for Halliburton Energy Services to plead guilty to destroying evidence following BP's 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

The company was arraigned Wednesday in New Orleans on a misdemeanour charge. Although the company pleaded not guilty during the arraignment, Halliburton has agreed to plead guilty to one count of destruction of evidence in a deal with the US Department of Justice.

Halliburton also has agreed to pay the statutory maximum fine of $200 000, be on probation for three years and to co-operate with the government's criminal investigation.

Halliburton was BP's cement contractor on the drilling rig that exploded, triggering an explosion that killed 11 workers and spilled millions of litres of oil into the Gulf.

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