BP Accuses Halliburton of Gulf Oil Spill Cover-Up

By Scott Sarvay

December 6, 2011 Updated Dec 6, 2011 at 8:38 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - A corporate legal fight has erupted over that massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico last year with big accusations coming from oil giant BP.

Reports say BP accuses oilfield service Halliburton of destroying/ damaging evidence related to the oil spill in 2010.

In a court filing, BP says the company covered up information about possible problems with its cement slurry that went into drilling the well that spilled.

BP also claims Halliburton did inadequate cement work.

The accusations come as a trial is set for February to assign blame and damages for the spill.

Halliburton, as a BP contractor, was "responsible for conducting the cement job, and had certain responsibilities for monitoring the well."

Besides the oil, hundreds of thousands of gallons of chemical dispersant went into the water.

At the peak of the crisis, in June 2010, 37-percent of gulf waters, more than 88,000 square miles, were closed to fishing due to contamination.

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