Halliburton to plead guilty to destroying oil spill evidence

A company subsidiary destroyed computer simulations run in the wake of the 2010 Gulf oil spill

A unit of Halliburton Co. has admitted to destroying evidence connected to the exploded oil well responsible for the 2010 Gulf oil spill.

The Department of Justice said Thursday that Halliburton Energy Services Inc. conducted—and subsequently destroyed the results of—two computer simulations of the Macondo well cement job. The company wanted to determine whether the number of cement stabilizers used in the well was responsible for the explosion that sent almost 5 billion barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.

Alanna Byrne

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