Federal Contractor Misconduct Database (FCMD)

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Destruction of Evidence Relating to Deepwater Horizon Incident

Halliburton Energy Services pleaded guilty to one count of destruction of evidence in connection with the April 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil rig blowout, which killed 11 people and triggered a massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Halliburton provided cementing services at the Macondo oil well. Halliburton, through former cementing technology director Anthony Badalamenti, directed employees to destroy the results of computer simulation tests performed on the well’s design and construction in the weeks following the disaster. At the time, Halliburton was under government orders to preserve all information, documents, and materials relating to the well. Halliburton signed a cooperation and guilty plea agreement with the U.S. government in which it admitted its criminal conduct and agreed to pay a $200,000 fine (plus a $125 special assessment) and be subject to three years of probation. Separately, Halliburton made a voluntary contribution of $55 million to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. See related Halliburton instance, “U.S. v. Badalamenti (Destruction of Evidence)”.

Misconduct Type
Enforcement Agency
Contracting Party
Court Type
Pleaded Guilty
Date of Plea
Contractors Involved Penalty
Halliburton $55,200,125
Further Information Released
Criminal Information 7/25/2013
DOJ Press Release 7/25/2013
Halliburton Press Releases 7/25/2013
Plea Agreement 7/25/2013

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Federal Contractor Misconduct Database