Ex-Halliburton Manager Avoids Jail Time for Destroying BP Oil Spill Evidence

Former head of cement technologies ordered employees to delete data during post-spill review

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Updated: 11:50 a.m.

A former Halliburton manager was sentenced to probation Tuesday for destroying evidence after the massive 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Anthony Badalamenti pleaded guilty in October to one misdemeanor count of destruction of evidence for instructing his employees to delete data during a post-spill review of the cement used in the Macondo well that burst, the Associated Press reports. The former cementing technology director avoided a potential prison sentence and will instead serve one year of probation, perform 100 hours of community service, and pay a $1,000 fine.

Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. was the cement contractor on BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig that spilled over 200 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico over an 87-day period, making it the biggest oil spill in U.S. history.