PaintSquare.com


The First Word in Protective & Marine Coatings

A Product of Technology Publishing / PaintSquare
JPCL | PaintSquare News | Durability + Design | Paint BidTracker

Register Now for D+D 2014

Paint and Coatings Industry News

Main News Page


BP Sues U.S. to Drop Contract Ban

Thursday, August 15, 2013

More items for Health & Safety

Comment | More

British oil giant BP has filed suit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, seeking to lift a federal contract ban imposed after the company was charged with crimes, including manslaughter, in the Deepwater Horizon disaster.

EPA announced the ban on federal contracts in November, saying BP Exploration and Production Inc. had displayed a “lack of business integrity” in the "blowout, explosion, oil spill, and response" regarding the April 2010 accident, which killed 11 oil rig workers in the Gulf of Mexico.

The ban came two weeks after BP agreed to plead guilty to 14 criminal charges, including manslaughter, and agreed to pay the largest criminal penalty in U.S. history in the case.

BP
BP

BP says it has taken extensive steps to improve safety since the April 2010 accident and continued to receive contracts.

The U.S. Justice Department also announced criminal indictments against three BP employees in the case.

Indefinite Suspension

EPA called the ban temporary but set no date to lift it. The suspension, called a debarment, applied to new federal contracts and grants.

“Suspensions are a standard practice when a responsibility question is raised by action in a criminal case,” EPA said at the time.

The agency said the suspension would continue until BP Exploration and Production, BP PLC and other affiliated companies “can provide sufficient evidence to EPA demonstrating that it meets federal business standards."

In a lawsuit filed Monday (Aug. 12) in U.S. District Court in Texas, however, BP contends that the ban unfairly penalizes nearly two dozen affiliated companies that had nothing to do with the Deepwater Horizon disaster. It also says the ban was unlawfully imposed without prior notice.

Fuel, Gas Supplier

The suit calls BP "a long-standing business partner of the federal goverment." It notes that BP is "one of the largest fuel suppliers to the government," with contracts worth more than $1.34 billion. BP also holds more than $224 million in international contracts with the U.S. government, the company says.

Furthermore, the company holds hundreds of oil and gas leases in the Gulf of Mexico alone, nearly all of them in deepwater, BP said.

Deepwater Horizon
U.S. Coast Guard

BP pleaded guilty to criminal charges, including manslaughter, in the Deepwater Horizon accident that killed 11 workers in the Gulf of Mexico.

The suit notes that the government continued to award fuel contracts to BP after Deepwater Horizon, with the appropriate federal contracting officer reviewing BP's record before each contract.

In addition, BP said, it has received 84 licenses for drilling in 12 countries since 2010.

'Abuse of Discretion'

BP noted that Deepwater Horizon-related criminal proceedings against the company were concluded in February.

The oil company also said it had presented EPA with voluminous documentation concerning its responsibility for the Deepwater Horizon explosion as well as the steps it had taken to prevent such incidents in the future.

It called the ban "unlawful, artibrary, capricious, and an abuse of EPA's discretion."

A federal-court civil suit in the disaster is scheduled to resume next month in New Orleans.

   

Tagged categories: Accidents; BP; Fatalities; Government; Government contracts; Laws and litigation; Oil and Gas

Comment Join the Conversation:

Sign in to our community to add your comments.

Clemco Industries Corp.
Powerful Protection in a Small Package

Mounts inside blast helmet, alerts operator to dangerous breathing-air condition by audible, visual, and vibratory alarms. Easily calibrated, battery operated.


Bullard

The Next Generation
of Blasting

• Lightest
• Coolest
• Most Comfortable
• Most Dependable


Graco Inc.
Learn more and sign-up for a Free Demo

The XForce HD Cordless Airless Sprayer is designed for spot repair, small jobs and touch-up. Easily sprays the toughest protective and marine coatings.


CHLOR*RID International Inc.
Surface cleanliness is
ESSENTIAL to coating
performance.

* TEST FOR SALTS
* PREVENT FLASH RUST
* REMOVE SALTS
More information at
www.chlor-rid.com,

800-422-3217


HoldTight Solutions Inc.
NO FLASH RUST -
NO CONTAMINANTS

Our HoldTight®102 salt remover & flash rush inhibitor prevents flash rust by removing surface contaminants.
Contact us for your nearest distributor. (800) 319.8802 sales@holdtight.com


U.S. Zinc

The proven corrosion protection properties of our zinc dust prolong the life of marine coatings. U.S. Zinc – Helping the world work™


US Minerals
US Minerals -
Black Magnum

With nationwide production and distribution capabilities, U.S. Minerals supplies a complete range of coal slag and other abrasives to meet all of your blasting needs.

 
 
 
Technology Publishing

The Technology Publishing Network

The Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings (JPCL) PaintSquare
Durability + Design Paint BidTracker JPCL Europe

 
EXPLORE:      JPCL   |   PaintSquare News   |   Interact   |   Buying Guides   |   Webinars   |   Resources   |   Classifieds
REGISTER AND SUBSCRIBE:      Free PaintSquare Registration   |   Subscribe to JPCL   |   Subscribe to PaintSquare News
MORE:      About PaintSquare.com   |   Privacy policy   |   Terms & conditions   |   Site Map   |   Search   |   Contact Us
 

© Copyright 2000-2014, Technology Publishing / PaintSquare, All rights reserved
2100 Wharton Street, Suite 310, Pittsburgh PA 15203-1951; Tel 1-412-431-8300; Fax 1-412-431-5428; E-mail webmaster@paintsquare.com