Does Halliburton have a bad environmental record?



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    Halliburton’s environmental record has been mixed. It was implicated in the recent Gulf Oil Spill by a report released by the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling, as being guilty of “errors and misjudgments” (see the NYT article below). It had also refused to voluntarily release the chemicals it used when using a controversial drilling technique called “fracking”. There is some debate as to the possible effect of the chemicals used on local drinking water,  which led to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) subpoenaing the information.

    The company however has at least recognized the implications of climate change, stating on their website:

    “Halliburton acknowledges the growing global consensus that human activity, through the use of fossil fuels, contributes to the increasing concentration of greenhouse gases (GHG) in the atmosphere…Our goal is to provide products and services that have the smallest environmental impact, are safe in their intended use, consume energy and natural resources efficiently and can be recycled, reused or disposed of safely.”

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