In the wake of the BP oil spill, the high-ranking Haliburton official in charge of the department that handles cementing for deep water oil platforms quickly got rid of documents that would make his company culpable in the disaster. Naturally, he received only probation for his crime.
A former Halliburton manager who destroyed evidence in the aftermath of BP’s record 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has been sentenced to just 12 months probation for his crime.
Anthony Badalamenti, of Katy, Texas, had faced a maximum of one year in prison at his sentencing on Tuesday, after pleading guilty to one misdemeanor count of destruction of evidence in October.However U.S. District Judge Jay Zainey said the 62-year-old had ‘learned from his mistake’ and was ‘an honorable man’ when he gave Badalamenti the probabation time plus 100 hours of community, and ordered that he pay a $1,000 fine.
Badalamenti was the cementing technology director for Halliburton Energy Services Inc., BP’s cement contractor on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig.
Good thing for him he’s white and a white collar criminal and not a young black man caught smoking a joint or he might have faced serious time in jail.