The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Wednesday it has temporarily suspended BP Exploration and Production, Inc., BP PLC and named affiliated companies (BP) from new contracts with the federal government.
In a written statement Wednesday, the EPA announced that it is barring BP contracts in the U.S. due its “lack of business integrity” demonstrated by the company’s conduct related to the Deepwater Horizon blowout, explosion, oil spill, and response, as reflected by the filing of a criminal information.
BP has more U.S. military contracts for oil than any other company.
The EPA had said in a statement that, according to its regulations, it can consider banning BP from future contracts after weighing “the frequency and pattern of the incidents, corporate attitude both before and after the incidents, changes in policies, procedures, and practices.”
The new EPA statement text includes:
“On November 15, 2012, BP agreed to plead guilty to eleven counts of Misconduct or Neglect of Ship Officers, one count of Obstruction of Congress, one misdemeanor count of a violation of the Clean Water Act, and one misdemeanor count of a violation of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, all resultant from its conduct leading to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster that killed 11 people and caused the largest environmental disaster in U.S. history.”
For the Deepwater Horizon investigation, EPA was designated as the lead agency for suspension and debarment actions related to the Deepwater Horizon investigation.
“Federal executive branch agencies take these actions to ensure the integrity of Federal programs by conducting business only with responsible individuals or companies. Suspensions are a standard practice when a responsibility question is raised by action in a criminal case,” the EPA says.
According to the officials statement, the BP suspension temporarily prevents it and the named affiliates from new federal government contracts, grants or other covered transactions until the company can provide sufficient evidence to EPA demonstrating that it meets Federal business standards.
The suspension excludes existing agreements BP may have with the government, most of which are military agreements.
The military has recently been allegedly preventing the clean up of BP oil that continues to wash ashore Louisiana’s and other state’s Gulf coast shores.
It has also been documented that for over two years, the White House has been hiding dead Gulf sea life in garbage bags.
Also today, the Department of Justice has been accused of scapegoating Robert Kaluza and Donald Vidrine for the Gulf oil crime, according to their defense attorneys who say the two well site leaders will plead not guilty.
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