The american company Halliburton agreed to pay the ultimate fine provided by law since the pleaded guilty to destroying evidences related to the enormous ecological disaster because of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.
The U.S. Department of Justice announced that the oral deal with the company needs to be approved by the court while the fine is estimated at 200.000 dollars. The Halliburton also accepted to pay voluntarily 55 million dollars to the U.S. National Institute of Fisheries and the National Association of Wildlife, a decision0 that does not require court approval.
The oil spill, which was a result of a leak on a BP’s oil well in the Gulf of Mexico, was the worst in the history of the United States. BP has blamed the project contractor Halliburton, a company based in Houston, for destroying the evidence and asked to be fully passed on the responsibility. The leak was caused after an explosion at the oil rig and caused the death of 11 workers.
BP and Transocean, companies that are active in the Gulf of Mexico along with Halliburton, have already pleaded guilty to charges related to the disaster. However,the adjudication of the civil court regarding the leaking oil is still pending, a process that is expected to cost a lot in terms of time and money but it will take away the fog regarding the causes of the disaster.