Halliburton Energy Services has accepted criminal responsibility and will plead guilty to destroying evidence in the Deepwater Horizon disaster, according to multiple news outlets.
Halliburton was charged with one count of destroying evidence relating to whether or not the 2010 well blowout in the Gulf of Mexico could have been prevented.
According to reports the Justice Department said the company has signed a cooperation and guilty plea agreement and will pay the maximum fine.
Governor Jindal's office released the following statement in response:
We've said all along that those responsible for the oil spill need to be held responsible for making it right. They spilled more oil than all of this nation's top spills combined. We have had BP, Transocean and now Haliburton plead guilty to criminal charges.
Three years have passed and these companies continue to fight charges and drag this out. The reality is that we have produced billions of barrels of oil and trillions of cubic feet of natural gas in the Gulf safely. This spill should be handled swiftly with a determination of gross negligence.
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