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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  • by dale Location: tally on Jan 22, 2012 at 08:16 AM
    Follow the money--it's clear that "Dick" Cheney is the head of Al-Quida--he profits from everything they do! Deep Horizon was a terrorist attack! Quick, arm yourselves--be afraid--run, run--the sky is falling!
  • by G.W. Location: TEXAS on Jan 21, 2012 at 08:25 PM
    you people are addicted to oil.
  • by it pays to be connected-the lawys dont apply to all Location: la on Jan 21, 2012 at 12:36 PM
    i worked on the supply vessels for 20 years in the gulf of mexico working for all these companys. i know we woukd carry paper work back to the offices with enerything we load and unload from the rigs and they have to keep the records on file for the coast guard incase of any problems. i bet halliburton has enough on people in our government to close them down if they wanted to.
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      by Brian T. Town. on Jan 21, 2012 at 08:17 PM in reply to it pays to be connected-the lawys dont apply to all
      Well done! This company(that one)is the only one with the manpower and equipment to do these things. They can deploy anywhere on Earth, when needed, they have been a contractor for the USA forever. Yes is the answer. They do have any and everything they need to open their records and books, and expose this like Kodachrome!
  • by Uh Huh Location: Tallahassee on Dec 7, 2011 at 12:22 PM
    Act of nature, right! I almost fell for it. Then, when I read "you can trust them to do the right thing", I knew it was tongue in cheek. Surely, nobody is that naive!
  • by oil junkie Location: la on Dec 6, 2011 at 04:45 PM
    big money at work. what a wasteof time.
  • by Steve Location: Not in Marietta on Dec 6, 2011 at 04:37 PM
    I got some advise for you "answer me this!" Move out of your mama's basement, get a job, put down the video games and quit drinking the koolaid! I noticed that your cheer leaders are anonymous. Hoodrats make my skin crawl! Thanx.
  • by Larry Location: Carrabelle on Dec 6, 2011 at 04:30 PM
    I think they should investigate the real cause of the spill, not the failures of a Company who is so in bed with our Government there is no telling who is on top! The real question is why/how the Explosion occurred and at such a timely occasion, just before more Offshore drilling was to begin. Seems a little fishy to me, but if nothing else the Fishing has never been better and a bunch of folks who were to sorry to get off their butts and find a job got another entitlement!
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      by Right wing no compromiser on Dec 7, 2011 at 06:24 AM in reply to Larry
      yeah, must have been Obama that started the spill. That's what Rush says and I believe him rather than our government that needs to be violently overthrown.
  • by Tom Location: Tallahassee on Dec 6, 2011 at 03:42 PM
    They probably asked Dick Cheney what to do and he said, "You idiots, just destroy the documents, I'll send my personal shredder truck over".
  • by Pro Business Conservative Location: Tallahassee on Dec 6, 2011 at 01:59 PM
    Halliburton, nor any other American corporation, would ever do what they are accused of. Businesses are made up of people, like you and me. You can trust them to do the right thing without being hampered by regulations. What happened in the Gulf was an act of nature and as the worst case scenario a natural product of the gulf, (oil), is released back into the gulf. Left-wing Obama socialist/communists are behind the slander toward corporations.
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      by Max on Dec 6, 2011 at 05:49 PM in reply to Pro Business Conservative
      Sounds like you've been drinking the Fox koolaid. Try reading some news that is not made up to fit the right wing agenda.
    • reply
      by Drinky Crow on Dec 7, 2011 at 07:23 AM in reply to Pro Business Conservative
      Nice bit of sarcastic parody there, PBC. You always reel in one or two with your commentary, but I always get a chuckle from it.
  • by livenlearn on Dec 6, 2011 at 07:30 AM
    I guess they saw how well it worked for the global warming researchers.
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