The Interior Department says BP can bid in next week's central Gulf of Mexico offshore lease...

|About: BP p.l.c. (BP)|By:, SA News Editor

The Interior Department says BP can bid in next week's central Gulf of Mexico offshore lease sale, but will be disqualified if after a 90-day review it remains under the suspension imposed on federal contracts after its guilty plea to Macondo spill-related charges. BP has not said whether it will participate, but it is typically a big player in central Gulf sales because of the area's significant deepwater fields.