Skip to comments.EPA suspends BP from new federal contracts
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 companys 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 BPs 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 gulfs 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.
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“Congress suspends EPA Funding”
Now THAT would be a positive step forward!
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?
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).
Restraint of Trade....
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.
BP probably needs a few thousand less US workers then...
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.
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.
I wonder if BP is having second thoughts about that $20 billion slush fund they set up for Obama a couple of years back.
Good point! I wonder how the government will cover up the loss of those jobs without the unemployment rate going up....
How about we suspend MB (Muslim Brotherhood) funding?
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.
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.
46% of the oil (tarballs) on beaches are from natural seepage, which happens with or without drilling.