BP says Halliburton destroyed key oil spill evidence image

BP p.l.c., the global oil and gas company headquartered in London on Monday accused Halliburton of destroying damaging evidence relating to last year’s Gulf of Mexico oil spill, CNN reports.

Also in the court documents, BP accused Halliburton of failing to produce incriminating computer modeling evidence. Halliburton says the modeling is gone.

A gas explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico last year killed 11 workers and resulted in one of the worst oil spills in history.

After the accident, Halliburton carried out tests on the batch of cement slurry that had been used on the well, and also did computer simulations of how the cement would have performed.

The British oil company requested a judge to penalize Halliburton and order a court-sponsored computer forensic team to recover the missing modeling results.

“BP has now learned the reason for Halliburton’s intransigence — Halliburton destroyed the results of physical slurry testing, and it has, at best, lost the computer modeling outputs that showed no channeling.

“More egregious still, Halliburton intentionally destroyed the evidence related to its nonprivileged cement testing, in part because it wanted to eliminate any risk that this evidence would be used against it at trial.”

Halliburton is the world’s second-largest oilfield services provider. A spokeswoman from Halliburton , said the Houston-based company is reviewing BP’s filing.

“However, we believe that the conclusions that BP is asking the court to draw is without merit and we look forward to contesting their motion in court.”

The two companies are involved in litigation about who caused the spill.

Oil poured into the Gulf of Mexico for several months beginning in April 2010 when the Deepwater Horizon oil rig caught fire and sank.