Halliburton has agreed to plead guilty of destroying evidence critical to the investigation of the Deepwater Horizon disaster that killed 11 people and soaked the Gulf of Mexico in oil in 2010. The company ordered workers to erase simulations that led to BP ignoring its advice about the construction of the ill-fated deep-sea oil rig. The deletions were part of an effort to shift blame onto BP, which has also pleaded guilty to criminal charges. Halliburton will pay the maximum fine of $200,000 for the crime, and has made a voluntary $55 million donation to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.
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