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Halliburton Ordered to Turn Over Cement in Probe

Friday, 29 Oct 2010 11:26 AM

Halliburton Co. was ordered to turn over cement used on the Deepwater Horizon project in connection with a probe into the cause of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The order was given by a federal judge in New Orleans on Oct. 27.

The release of the court order today follows yesterday’s National Oil Commission report that Halliburton cement used on the BP Plc well in April was unstable but used anyway.

The court order by U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier of New Orleans requires Halliburton to turn over “certain materials” used in the cementing jobs on the Deepwater Horizon project to federal investigators from the U.S. Coast Guard and the Department of the Interior.

“It is further ordered that no destructive testing on the cementing components will be conducted without further order of the Court,” said Barbier, who also is overseeing civil litigation arising from the oil spill.

Halliburton spokeswoman Cathy Mann didn’t immediately respond to an e-mail seeking comment on the judge’s order.

In recent filings, Halliburton attorneys have asked the judge for permission to comply with subpoenas from the U.S. Department of Justice, which is investigating possible civil and criminal violations in connection with the rig blast April 20 that killed 11 crewmen and led to the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history.

Physical Samples

Barbier’s order directs Halliburton to turn over specific items to federal investigators, including “physical samples from the Deepwater Horizon project” to investigators from U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board; one quart of “ZoneSeal-2000” from the same “lot” or mixture used in the cementing job completed on the Deepwater Horizon on April 19; and two gallons and one quart of “SCR-100” from the same mixture used on the Deepwater Horizon cementing job.

Barbier said Halliburton is “willing to deliver” the materials requested by the Joint Investigation Team -- a task force of Coast Guard and Interior Department investigators.

Halliburton advised the judge that the cementing materials may be “deteriorating over time,” Barbier said, adding that the evidence should be tested soon as “reasonably practicable.”

Halliburton made a filing with the judge on Oct. 7 responding to subpoenas for the ZoneSeal and SCR-100 materials.

Same Batch

Halliburton “can also make available each of the liquid and dry additives of the type used on the Deepwater Horizon, but does not have possession of any quantity of those additives from the same batch or lot as was used on the Deepwater Horizon,” Halliburton lawyer Donald E. Godwin told the judge in the Oct. 7 filing. “Halliburton is agreeable to turning over all of the cementing components in response to the (federal) subpoena.”

The judge also ordered that no further testing on the subpoenaed materials shall be done without his permission.

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