Halliburton destroyed Gulf oil spill evidence

This video from the USA is called Gulf Oil Spill Effects On Wildlife.

After its issues of gang rape in Iraq, poisonous drinking water for soldiers in Iraq, corruption in Nigeria, etc., Halliburton, the corporation of Dick Cheney, ex Vice President of George W Bush in the USA, is in trouble again.

From USA Today:

Halliburton admits destroying Gulf oil spill evidence

Michael Winter, USA TODAY 8:57 p.m. EDT July 25, 2013

Company will plead guilty to a criminal charge in Deepwater Horizon disaster.

Halliburton has admitted destroying evidence in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico and will plead guilty to a criminal charge, the Justice Department announced Thursday.

Under the plea agreement, which requires court approval, Houston-based Halliburton will also face three years’ probation, pay the maximum fine of $200,000 and continue to cooperate in the Justice Department’s criminal investigation of the April 2010 explosion and fire on the drilling platform, which killed 11 rig workers off Louisiana.

The Justice Department said it would not pursue further criminal charges against Halliburton or its subsidiaries.

Separately, Halliburton made a $55 million “voluntary contribution” to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.

The spill was the largest in U.S. history: Nearly 5 million barrels of crude oil poured into the Gulf before the sea-floor gusher was capped three months later.

Halliburton’s energy-services subsidiary designed and built the well for BP. In early May, the company began an internal investigation to determine whether the number of “centralizers” — metal collars that help keep the well pipe centered — played a role in the blowout. Halliburton recommends installing 21, but BP chose to use just six.

Halliburton ran 3-D computer simulations in May and June 2010, and both times the results indicated there was little difference between the two scenarios. Employees were then directed by unidentified individuals to destroy the simulations, the Justice Department said.

The Deepwater Horizon Task Force was unable to recover the computer simulations.

Halliburton and BP have blamed each other for the cement job that failed to seal the Macondo well.

See also here.

Halliburton will earn what it takes to pay off Gulf oil spill fine in just 23 seconds: here.

On Tuesday a gas rig located 55 miles off Louisiana’s coast in the Gulf of Mexico suffered a blowout and fire that continued to burn until Thursday afternoon: here.

The oil spill from a leaked pipeline in Thailand has reached one of the country’s popular tourism islands, officials have said: here.

Oil, energy and capitalism: An unpublished talk by Barry Commoner: here.

Why Do Protesters Against Egregious Environmental and Financial Misconduct Get Arrested, Not Corporate Perpetrators? Here.

26 thoughts on “Halliburton destroyed Gulf oil spill evidence

  1. The contract we have to enter into is we are all guilty of a crime we do not know or are potential criminals that have to be checked out via cameras and general surveyance, as phone taps and emails and so on, in the meantime the establishment of collusion between governments and corporations and criminal behavior is a daily feature, what we have with these organizations is a patronizing and dismissive ideology, the problem as I see it people do not get it in enough numbers to change that what the planet needs nor most people.


  2. Oil spill sparks high alert

    By Basma Mohammed , Posted on » Monday, August 05, 2013

    BAHRAIN is on high alert following a massive oil spill in the Arabian Gulf, which was deliberately caused by an Indian ship.

    Desh Shanti was caught dumping oil near Iranian waters on Tuesday after ignoring official communications from concerned authorities.

    The spill caused an oil slick of around 10 miles, according to the Marine Emergency Mutual Aid Centre (MEMAC).

    Bahrain is monitoring the situation after it received a satellite view of the oil slick and could increase safety measures depending on an investigation, said Supreme Council for Environment pollution control from the source unit head Hanan Haidar.

    It has requested all concerned bodies to be on alert, including the coastguard, ports, and energy and desalination stations.

    “The procedure in such situations is to firstly alert all concerned bodies on the oil slick,” she told the GDN yesterday.

    “We then note how far the slick is from Bahraini territorial waters and whether it could affect energy and desalination stations to alert them to stop access to the sea until it’s all clear.

    “We also contacted the coastguard to find out if the ship is Bahrain bound, and if legal procedures are implemented.

    “In this case, the slick is far away near Iranian shores and it will not be arriving to any Bahraini port according to the information we received.

    “However, all authorities are on alert in case the slick travels near our waters.”

    Meanwhile, authorities are looking to punish the owners of the ship for disregarding international environmental laws and regulations.

    Iran could fine the ship up to $1 million, but MEMAC is pushing other countries, including Bahrain, to take legal action as well.

    “The law currently has to punish the violating ship as per the country it dumped the oil in, which in this case is most likely Iran,” MEMAC director-general Captain Abdulmunem Janahi told the GDN.

    “In Iran, the fine could reach around $1m, but we are seeking to have other fines from countries that are potentially affected to be implemented as well like Saudi, Bahrain and Kuwait.”

    However, the proposal needs approval from MEMAC member countries, which are all six GCC states, Iran and Iraq.

    Mr Janahi said the ship’s name has been added to the black list of the International Marine Organisation (IMO).

    He added they contacted the Indian government and owner of the ship to inform them of the violations.

    Mr Janahi said monitoring maritime activities has decreased the amount of pollution in the Arabian Gulf from 155,000 tonnes per year in 1999 to around 20,000 tonnes annually.

    “Such efforts led to the decrease in the amount of pollution affecting gulf waters,” he said.

    “We need to safeguard our resources which are threatened by such incidents.” basma@gdn.com.bh



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