Ex-Halliburton manager from Katy charged in Gulf spill probe

Ex-Halliburton manager from Katy charged in Gulf spill probe

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This image provided by the U.S. Coast Guard shows fire boat response crews battle the blazing remnants of the off shore oil rig Deepwater Horizon Wednesday April 21, 2010. The Coast Guard by sea and air planned to search overnight for 11 workers missing since a thunderous explosion rocked an oil drilling platform that continued to burn late Wednesday. (AP Photo/US Coast Guard)

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by MICHAEL KUNZELMAN / Associated Press

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Posted on September 19, 2013 at 11:55 AM

Updated Thursday, Sep 19 at 4:17 PM

NEW ORLEANS -- 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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