BP accuses Halliburton of destroying Macondo evidence

By Hilton Price

BP is asking a federal judge to punish Halliburton, claiming the company destroyed evidence that it did insufficient work on BP’s Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico, the site of the largest oil spill in U.S. history.

BP claims Halliburton intentionally destroyed the results of slurry testing, and lost computer data evidence of cement performance results. BP is asking U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier to sanction Halliburton for the slurry results, and bring in forensic experts to find the missing computer data.

A representative for Halliburton says BP’s claims are without merit. Halliburton has already accused BP of fraud, defamation, and other claims.

This is only the latest in a long list of legal steps since the April 2010 blowout. BP has sued the rig’s owner, Transocean Ltd, and Cameron International Corp, which made a blowout preventer for the well. The company has already reached settlements with Anadarko Petroleum Corp, Mitsui & Co, and Weatherford International Ltd.

BP is slated to begin its trial for the blowout and spill on February 27, 2012. The trial is expected to last more than a year, with a ruling not expected until 2014.

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