Haliburton to plead guilty over documents

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US officials say Halliburton Energy Services has agreed to plead guilty to destroying evidence in connection with the 2010 Gulf oil spill.

The US Department of Justice said in a news release on Thursday that a criminal information charging Haillburton with one count of destruction of evidence was filed in federal court.

The release says Halliburton has agreed to pay the maximum fine, be on probation for three years and continue to co-operate with the government's criminal investigation.

Halliburton was BP's cement contractor on the drilling rig whose blowout triggered an explosion that killed 11 workers and spilled millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.

Halliburton also has made a $US55 million ($A59.85 million) voluntary contribution to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.

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