NEW ORLEANS—An American judge is set to decide whether to approve a plea agreement that calls for Halliburton Energy Services to pay a $200,000 fine for destroying evidence after BP’s 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
United States District Judge Jane Triche Milazzo can either accept or reject the Houston-based company’s deal with the Justice Department.
If she accepts it, she must impose the agreed-upon sentence.
Halliburton was BP’s cement contractor on the drilling rig that exploded in the Gulf, killing 11 workers.
Halliburton agreed in July to plead guilty to a misdemeanour charge of unauthorized destruction of evidence.
The company also agreed to make a $55-million contribution to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, but that payment wasn’t a condition of the deal.