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Halliburton supervisor gets probation for Gulf spill

Anthony Badalamenti, who ordered a subordinate to delete test results on the cement around the destroyed Deepwater Horizon well, was sentenced to probation.
Posted By Gabrielle Levy   |   Jan. 21, 2014 at 2:44 PM   |   Comments

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Jan. 21 (UPI) -- A former Halliburton manager was sentenced Tuesday to probation for destroying evidence after the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Anthony Badalamenti was also fined $1,000 and ordered to perform 100 hours of community service by U.S. District Judge Jay Zainey for admitting to one count of misdemeanor evidence destruction, according to a statement from the Department of Justice.

Badalamenti worked as a supervisor for Halliburton Energy Services Inc., which provided cementing operations for offshore wells, including the Deepwater Horizon well run by BP that exploded in April 2010, causing the largest oil spill in U.S. history. He admitted in October to ordering a subordinate to destroy computer simulation results from BP's well.

Halliburton was fined $200,000 last year and put on a three-year probation.

BP, which is both suing and being sued by Halliburton for liability in the 2010 spill, agree to pay $4 billion and pleaded guilty to 14 counts, including 11 counts of felony manslaughter for the deaths of the workers killed on the destroyed oil platform.

[Businessweek]

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