Judge Denies BP Request to Penalize Halliburton

By: Cain Burdeau, Associated Press
By: Cain Burdeau, Associated Press
A federal judge shot down BP

The Deepwater Horizon oil rig is seen burning in the Gulf of Mexico more than 50 miles southeast of Venice on Louisiana's tip on April 21, 2010. A federal probe has found that a trapped piece of drill pipe prevented a blowout preventer from properly sealing to stop last year's massive Gulf oil spill.

Judge Denies BP Request to Penalize Halliburton

New Orleans, LA (AP) - A federal judge shot down BP's request to penalize Halliburton for allegedly destroying damaging evidence about the quality of its cement slurry that went into drilling the oil well that blew out last year and caused the nation's worst offshore oil spill.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Sally Shushan on Friday said BP did not prove that it had been "prejudiced" by Halliburton's actions. But Shushan told Halliburton to turn over a computer that ran tests on the cement slurry. The judge ordered a third-party to run forensics tests on the computer to see if data Halliburton says was lost can be retrieved.

BP made the allegations against Halliburton on Dec. 5 in advance of a trial over blame for the April 2010 Deepwater Horizon blast.

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BP: Halliburton Destroyed Key Oil Spill Evidence

New Orleans, LA (AP) - BP in a high-stakes court filing is accusing
Halliburton of destroying damaging evidence about the quality of
its cement slurry that went into drilling the oil well that blew
out last year and caused the nation's worst offshore oil spill.

On Monday in a New Orleans federal court, BP accused Halliburton
of having intentionally destroyed evidence about possible problems
with its cement slurry poured into the deep-sea Macondo well about
100 miles off the Louisiana coast. An oil well must be cemented
properly to avoid blowouts.

Also in the court documents, BP accused Halliburton of failing
to produce incriminating computer modeling evidence. Halliburton
says the modeling is gone.

BP asked a judge to penalize Halliburton and order a court-sponsored computer forensic team to recover the missing
modeling results.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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