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Halliburton Admits Doing Terrible Things, Gets Probation and Slight Slap on Proverbial Wrist

Abby Zimet

Halliburton will plead guilty to destroying evidence about faulty cement in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil catastrophe that killed 11 workers, decimated hundreds of miles of water and land, and likely led to widespread health problems. The guilty plea comes even as BP, who along with Halliburton and Transocean faced criminal charges for the worst oil disaster in US history, begins a questionable PR campaign to push back against mounting compensation claims. In exchange for their guilty plea, Halliburton will get three years probation, pay a $200,000 fine - yeah, that'll break 'em - and continue cooperating in investigations by the government, which in turn will agree not to prosecute further. Halliburton also made a "voluntary" contribution of $55 million in blood money to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation so that we'll all feel everything's okay and thus allow them to go on their deadly way, which they will now doubtless do.

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