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EPA suspends BP from new federal contracts
The Washington Post Business ^ | November 28, 2012 | Steven Mufson

Posted on 11/28/2012 10:51:18 AM PST by CedarDave

The Environmental Protection Agency has suspended BP from bidding on any new federal contracts as a result of the company’s conduct during the Deepwater Horizon drilling disaster that led to 11 deaths and the largest U.S. offshore spill.

The EPA said the suspension would not affect BP’s current contracts or leases, which are crucial to the company. The London-based oil giant is the largest leaseholder in the deep-water Gulf of Mexico, with more than 700 leases, and it is the gulf’s largest producer of oil and gas from more than 20 fields there.

Although the EPA did not say how long the ban would last, regulations generally limit such suspensions to 18 months. However, it could last until the end of legal proceedings, and BP and the Justice Department are still locked in a dispute over civil charges tied to the oil spill.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; Government
KEYWORDS: bp; epa; oil

1 posted on 11/28/2012 10:51:23 AM PST by CedarDave
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To: CedarDave

“Congress suspends EPA Funding”

Now THAT would be a positive step forward!


2 posted on 11/28/2012 10:53:12 AM PST by G Larry (Which of Obama's policies do you think I'd support if he were white?)
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To: CedarDave

Well, did they at least go through the motions and cite some sort of established acquisition guideline or requirement and delineate some sort of infraction and punishement? Or did they just pull this out their ass like they do with everything else? What happened BP? Did you refuse to give Obama his bribe money?


3 posted on 11/28/2012 10:57:59 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: G Larry

Reading further in the article, it says EPA has been designated (by Obama?) as the lead agency “for suspension and debarment actions.”

Besides bidding on Federal contracts, the action prevents BP from bidding on Federal leases in the Gulf of Mexico (not clear in the article whether the suspension also applies to any leases on other Federal land like BLM land in western states).


4 posted on 11/28/2012 11:00:22 AM PST by CedarDave (Presstitutes: Journalists who refuse to ask hard questions and who report by omission or distortion)
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To: CedarDave

Restraint of Trade....


5 posted on 11/28/2012 11:03:48 AM PST by illiac (If we don't change directions soon, we'll get where we're going)
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To: Gaffer
Well, did they at least go through the motions and cite some sort of established acquisition guideline or requirement and delineate some sort of infraction and punishment?

BP has made changes. It says in response to the action "it has been implementing all 26 of the recommendations made by an internal investigation immediately after the accident." It also has made "key leadership changes, reorganized its upstream business, created a centralized Safety and Operational Risk organization, and adopted voluntary deepwater drilling standards in the Gulf of Mexico that exceed current regulatory requirements." What happened BP? Did you refuse to give Obama his bribe money?

Following the Deepwater Horizon accident and prior to this suspension, the Feds granted BP more than 50 new leases in the Gulf of Mexico. So apparently they didn't pony up enough already.

7 posted on 11/28/2012 11:06:48 AM PST by CedarDave (Presstitutes: Journalists who refuse to ask hard questions and who report by omission or distortion)
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To: illiac

BP probably needs a few thousand less US workers then...


8 posted on 11/28/2012 11:06:58 AM PST by ltc8k6
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To: G Larry
“Congress suspends EPA Funding” Now THAT would be a positive step forward!

Haven't you noticed? Congress has lost all control of spending. They could suspend EPA Funding and it would not matter one hoot, EPA would just keep on rolling along, spending the taxpayer's money and making laws.

9 posted on 11/28/2012 11:11:31 AM PST by ProudFossil (" I never did give anyone hell. I just told the truth and they thought it was hell." Harry Truman)
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To: CedarDave

I guess this undercuts the government’s effort to get BP to pay that huge settlement, inasmuch as it is hard to make money to pay it with fewer contracts.

Sort of like making bricks without straw.


10 posted on 11/28/2012 11:16:55 AM PST by married21 (As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.)
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To: CedarDave

I wonder if BP is having second thoughts about that $20 billion slush fund they set up for Obama a couple of years back.


11 posted on 11/28/2012 11:23:38 AM PST by Hoodat ("As for God, His way is perfect" - Psalm 18:30)
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To: Hoodat
They must have stopped payment on the check, now retaliation comes back to bite them.
12 posted on 11/28/2012 11:37:14 AM PST by TYVets
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To: ltc8k6

Good point! I wonder how the government will cover up the loss of those jobs without the unemployment rate going up....


13 posted on 11/28/2012 11:49:13 AM PST by illiac (If we don't change directions soon, we'll get where we're going)
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To: CedarDave

How about we suspend MB (Muslim Brotherhood) funding?


14 posted on 11/28/2012 12:22:05 PM PST by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America (IMPEACH OBAMA)
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To: CedarDave

I didn’t know the EPA had the power to do this.


15 posted on 11/28/2012 12:47:50 PM PST by Tzimisce (What do you do when every every branch of the government is corrupt and aligned against you?)
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To: Tzimisce
I didn’t know the EPA had the power to do this.

As an retired EHS manager that was my first thought too, but then yes, on second thought they do have this much authority. BP needs to take them to court over it as it is a potential double jeopardy punishment.

In business the EPA can literally shut you down until you prove your innocence. You don't get to keep operating until they prove guilt.

16 posted on 11/28/2012 1:13:25 PM PST by EBH (0bama is guilty of willful neglect of duty.)
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To: CedarDave
[Although the EPA did not say how long the ban would last, regulations generally limit such suspensions to 18 months.]

The ban will last until BP decides it needs some more leases. BP and Obama are joined at the hip. BP was behind the overthrow of Qaddafi and U.S. intervention in Libya.

17 posted on 11/28/2012 6:05:31 PM PST by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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To: CedarDave

46% of the oil (tarballs) on beaches are from natural seepage, which happens with or without drilling.


18 posted on 11/29/2012 12:19:51 AM PST by buffyt (Glowbull Warming the Greatest Hoax ever perpetrated on Mankind! since Y2K & Glowbull Cooling!)
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