Halliburton, one of the world’s largest oilfield services, plead guilty to destroying evidence during the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. After a three-year investigation, Halliburton admitted that it directed two different employees to destroy evidence that linked them to the disaster that caused the deaths of 11 people and leaked five million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.
Halliburton provided the cement used to seal the outside of the well’s steel drilling pipe, and the quality of the cement and amount of drying time has been investigated. According to Halliburton, BP was solely at fault for not using six centralizers instead of the recommended 21. Centralizers are metal strips used to help stabilize the pipe in the center of the hole. However, during the course of the investigation it was revealed that simulator tests showed that there would have been little difference in using 21 verses the six centralizers. Furthermore, two Halliburton Program Managers were directed to destroy those simulator results and they did, keeping that knowledge from the public until now. Halliburton has agreed to a settlement with the U.S. Justice Department.
The Deepwater Horizon oil spill is arguably the worst environmental disaster in the history of the U.S. and one of the largest marine oil spills in the world. It has also caused a damaging impact on businesses surrounding the Gulf of Mexico. Businesses, such as hotels, tourist attractions, restaurants, physicians, realtors, and fishing vessels, have lost revenue, income, and property. If you have suffered the negative impact associated with economic damages due to the BP spill, you may be entitled to pursue a claim for compensation. If you think the BP oil spill disaster was the result of your business losing revenue or if you are an employee who has lost wages, a Tampa BP oil spill attorney may be able to help. For a free consultation, call 1-888-BURNETTI or visit us online at https://www.burnetti.com.