BP: Halliburton destroyed Gulf disaster evidence

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As always, my friend Hugh Kaufman (senior policy analyst with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response) is one of my best sources for all things BP, and this time, he linked me to this:

(Reuters) - BP Plc accused Halliburton Co of destroying evidence that the oilfield services company did inadequate cement work on the Gulf of Mexico oil well that blew out last year, and asked a federal judge to punish Halliburton. [...]

Citing recent depositions and Halliburton's own documents, BP said Halliburton "intentionally" destroyed the results of slurry testing for the well, in part to "eliminate any risk that this evidence would be used against it at trial."

And thank you for playing Corporate Polluters Eating Their Own.

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  • ProChoiceGrandma

    Exactly!  In another example, Raw Story had an article:  "Halliburton reportedly agrees to pay Nigeria $250 million to drop bribery charges against Cheney, firm"Halliburton paid Nigeria
    a bribe in the amount of $180 Million to secure a $6 Billion contract for a natural gas
    plant.  KBR was a
    subsidiary of Halliburton.   

    Now Halliburton will
    pay Nigeria
    $250 Million to drop the charges against Cheney.

    KBR pleaded guilty to the same bribes in a US
    court in 2009, and agreed to pay a $382 million fine.

    KBR has already admitted bribing Nigerian officials. In
    February 2009, the company agreed to pay a $402 million fine. Halliburton
    itself paid $177 million to settle allegations paid to the US Securities and
    Exchange Commission (SEC), but didn't admit wrongdoing.

     

    DO THE MATH:

    $250 Million bribe to drop
    charges agains Cheney.

    $180 Million original bribe

    $382 Million fine in US court in
    2009

    $402 Million fine pd by KBR

    $177 Million find pd by
    Halliburton

    Total $1.391 Billion in bribes
    and fines

     

    $6 Billion contract - $1.391
    bribes & fines = $4.609 Billion PROFIT.

     

    Who said crime doesn’t pay?

  • Anonymous

    Why only civil sanctions? This won't hurt Halliburton at all.

  • ProChoiceGrandma

    GottaLaff, how long does it take for my previous comment to be approved?  Unfortunately, I did not copy it before I posted it.

  • HoldenLitgo

    So unlike them.

  • http://twitter.com/BetNot Bet Not

    NO, really, I am ...shocked, shocked I tell you !!