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Judge To Sentence Ex-Halliburton Manager

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
Deepwater Horizon Oil Rig | Personal Photo

Deepwater Horizon Oil Rig | Personal Photo

Associated Press Release
By: MICHAEL KUNZELMAN

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- A former Halliburton manager has pleaded guilty to destroying evidence after the rig explosion that spawned BP's 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Sixty-two-year-old Anthony Badalamenti of Katy, Texas faces a maximum sentence of 1 year in prison and a $100,000 fine after his guilty plea Tuesday in U.S. District Court to one count of destruction of evidence. Sentencing was set for Jan. 21.

Badalamenti was the cementing technology director for Halliburton Energy Services, BP's contractor on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig. Prosecutors said he instructed two Halliburton employees to delete data during a post-spill review of the cement job on BP's blown-out Macondo well.

Last month, a federal judge accepted a separate plea agreement that calls for Halliburton to pay a $200,000 fine stemming from Badalamenti's conduct.


Associated Press Release
By: MICHAEL KUNZELMAN

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- A former Halliburton employee has been charged with destroying evidence following BP's 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Anthony Badalamenti, who had been the cementing technology director for Halliburton Energy Services Inc., was charged in federal court Thursday with instructing two other employees to delete data during a post-spill review of the cement job on BP's blown-out well.

The 61-year-old Badalamenti of Katy, Texas, is charged in a bill of information, which typically signals that a defendant is cooperating with prosecutors.

Also on Thursday, a federal judge accepted a plea agreement that calls for the Houston-based company to pay a $200,000 fine for conduct related to the charge against Badalamenti.


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