BP Accuses Halliburton of Destroying Gulf Spill Evidence
Posted on Dec 6, 2011
Halliburton just seems to pop up wherever trouble can be found, such as the Bush White House (through Dick Cheney’s chummy history with the company) and also in the ecopocalypse that was the Gulf of Mexico oil spill in April 2010.
Speaking of that last disaster, Halliburton is now embroiled in a legal battle with British Petroleum, which claims that Halliburton not only made faulty cement that was involved in the Deepwater Horizon oil rig’s meltdown but that the firm did away with evidence about the explosion after the fact. The two corporate giants were battling it out in a New Orleans court this week. —KA
BP made its accusations in a court filing on Monday.
It said that after reviewing the test results, Halliburton “destroyed records of the testing as well as the physical cement samples used in the testing”.
The company also said that Halliburton had failed to produce computer modelling evidence, which showed how the cement performed.
In its motion, BP asked for sanctions against Halliburton, claiming that the company’s cement slurry was “unstable”.
In its turn, Halliburton rejected the claim, saying it would contest it in court.
AP / Gerald Herbert