The agreement, made with the United States Department of Justice includes paying the maximum fine of $200,000 — and has indeed, already made a $55 million contribution to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.
Government regulation has once again triumphed. Halliburton has admitted that it destroyed results of simulations involved cement blocking the blown oil well — the results showing the cementing was unstable and would not work. Hiding these results, it went ahead with the attempt anyway, which acted as a contractor to the United States Government. Was this done strictly so it could make the attempt and collect the money — regardless of what happens; and damn the rest?
In an era where people are calling for less government regulation overall — this goes to show that government oversight of business, particularly in government contractors, is a good thing. Halliburton lied to the people of the United States, then proceeded to go forth with a project that they knew probably wouldn’t work, knowing the results of the simulations — trampling and dishonoring the lives of those who were not only lost, but to the families of those who lost their loved ones, livelihood and those who worked tirelessly to restore habitats and our sea.
- Deepwater Horizon contractor Halliburton to plead guilty to destroying evidence (abc.net.au)
- Halliburton to Plead Guilty to Destroying Deepwater Horizon Evidence (wjhg.com)
- Halliburton pleads guilty to destroying evidence after Deepwater Horizon disaster – Boing Boing (boingboing.net)
- Feds: Halliburton to plead guilty in Deepwater spill (usnews.nbcnews.com)
- Halliburton to admit destroying evidence on Deepwater Horizon disaster, Justice Department says (usnews.nbcnews.com)
- Halliburton Pleads Guilty to Destroying Deepwater Horizon Evidence (fool.com)
- Halliburton will plead guilty to destroying evidence in Deepwater Horizon case (updated) (al.com)
- Halliburton Pleads Guilty to Destroying Deepwater Horizon Evidence (dailyfinance.com)
- Halliburton to plead guilty on spill (bbc.co.uk)
- Halliburton to plead guilty over oil spill (radionz.co.nz)