BP seeks sanctions over missing cement samples

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Associated Press

Posted on March 22, 2013 at 6:02 AM

Updated Friday, Mar 22 at 6:02 AM

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — BP has asked a federal judge to sanction its cement contractor on the ill-fated Deepwater Horizon drilling project for allegedly withholding critical evidence that could have been used at the ongoing trial over the nation's worst offshore oil spill.

In a court filing late Thursday, BP PLC lawyers cited Halliburton's alleged destruction of cement samples as grounds for U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier to rule that the contractor's cement design drilling project was unstable before the April 2010 blowout of BP's Macondo well.

A Halliburton lawyer disclosed that the company discovered cement samples last Wednesday at a Lafayette laboratory that weren't turned over to the Justice Department for testing after the spill.

BP says its inability to test the missing samples has harmed its ability to defend itself at trial.

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