U.S. government seeks BP's continued suspension from new contracts

The U.S. government continues to favor BP's suspension from new government contracts and oil leases after the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill because the company hasn’t demonstrated it’s a responsible contractor.

After a 2005 explosion at its Texas City refinery killed 15 workers, BP was allowed to continue doing business with the federal government "based on promises that adequate systemic corrective measures would be taken - and yet, those measures had proved insufficient,” the Justice Department said yesterday in a court filing.

BP called the EPA’s disqualification and suspension "arbitrary and capricious, contrary to the law and an abuse of discretion.”

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    Are you kidding me. Our lame duck government, as demonstrated by how our Congress doesn't get things done ... has the audacity of still labeling BP as a company that hasn’t themselves demonstrated it’s a responsible contractor. I have read several places that they are becoming the standard setter for other oil companies. The US government are basing their position on what findings. Sure has a bad smell of politics again.
    Last night our president implied that our favoralbe energy import / export ratio is primarily due to our automoble industry producing superior gas mileage vehicles. I guess he feels that our recent oil and gas discoveries in the US is not the primary factor. Politics at its finest@#$%#
    29 Jan 2014, 03:23 PM Reply Like
  • Midnite Cruiser
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    Not congress doing this it is the Dept of Justice. What a dumb thing to do. What useful purpose does it serve besides being vindictive?
    29 Jan 2014, 04:45 PM Reply Like
  • Storm Warning
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    BP's repeated negligence has killed people. The government position seems reasonable to me.
    29 Jan 2014, 03:38 PM Reply Like
  • deercreekvols
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    The government's repeated negligence has killed more.
    29 Jan 2014, 04:54 PM Reply Like
  • Midnite Cruiser
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    Eric Holder and his Dept is the worst DOJ in the history of the US government. EVERYTHING they and he do is counterproductive to what was the foundation that made this country great.


    They want BP to pay the people adversely affected by the spill. How is BP going to do that with their hands tied behind their back.
    29 Jan 2014, 04:11 PM Reply Like
  • Jake2992
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    Good Decision. It's nice to see an Administration with some teeth, not always bending over backwards to help big oil and screw over Americans aka Bush texas dummy
    29 Jan 2014, 07:19 PM Reply Like
  • glf4mny
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    Oh well, when those like Jake are paying $8.00/gal at the pump, contact me and I'll explain it to you.
    29 Jan 2014, 08:01 PM Reply Like
  • beachie
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    VINDICTIVE....foolish.... ego trip....they must have SOMETHING more important that they could do
    29 Jan 2014, 08:34 PM Reply Like
  • riclyn22
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    Just a retired person with some BP stock.
    29 Jan 2014, 10:50 PM Reply Like
  • riclyn22
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    Since the spill Obama has been out to get BP and it looks like not satisfied yet. Maybe he likes the other Foreign oil better for some reason!!!!!
    29 Jan 2014, 10:52 PM Reply Like
  • riclyn22
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    Just a retired person with some BP stock and someone who likes fair treatment for people and corporations.
    30 Jan 2014, 02:02 AM Reply Like
  • Lightshaman
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    Makes me wonder if this treatment would be levied on a US company……oh! sorry I forgot Exxon Valdez, now how were they treated by the government?


    BP owned up and agreed to foot the bill, maybe done in haste and in retrospect a little naive but to be sure sharp US lawyers and folk out on the take, not to mention vindictive politicians out to make a name for themselves are milking it for all they can get.


    BP on the other hand is trying to stop fraudulent claims to no avail (thanks US justice system) but it is still outperforming all other US big oil co.'s.


    They say all is fair in love and war but in this case the US stinks.
    30 Jan 2014, 04:03 AM Reply Like
  • Midnite Cruiser
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    The "justice system" is an illusion, there is no justice. Just a bunch predominantly idiot judges catering to greedy, bloodsucking lawyers who love to "cloud" up the facts and get everyone all confused. I have seen it first hand and it is a mockery of justice.
    30 Jan 2014, 09:38 PM Reply Like
  • 7silverback
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    i notice the American doj has struck another blow
    for free trade and open business by banning bp
    from government contracts. as always the amricans are the
    standard bearers for free trade providing they control it.
    31 Jan 2014, 08:01 AM Reply Like
  • davidibanez
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    This is silly at this point and counter productive. BP made a big mistake letting Haliburton get away with their crime. That said, BP did not stiff arm people the way Exxon did after the Valdez incident. BP is a different company now, new CEO and this continuing whipping BP is simply stupid now.
    1 Feb 2014, 02:35 AM Reply Like
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