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Wed Nov 28, 2012, 08:50 AM

BP banned from any future federal contracts by EPA.

http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/d0cf6618525a9efb85257359003fb69d/2aaf1c1dc80c969885257abf006dafb0!OpenDocument

BP Temporarily Suspended from New Contracts with the Federal Government
Release Date: 11/28/2012
Contact Information: Stacy Kika, kika.stacy@epa.gov, 202-564-0906, 202-564-4355

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced that it has temporarily suspended BP Exploration and Production, Inc., BP PLC and named affiliated companies (BP) from new contracts with the federal government. EPA is taking this action due to BPs lack of business integrity as demonstrated by the company's conduct with regard to the Deepwater Horizon blowout, explosion, oil spill, and response, as reflected by the filing of a criminal information. 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 arising 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. 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 BP suspension will temporarily prevent the company and the named affiliates from getting 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 does not affect existing agreements BP may have with the government.
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Fuck you BP!


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Response to lonestarnot (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 09:05 AM

1. I wish Swampie were here!

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Response to lonestarnot (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 09:08 AM

2. "Temporarily", and "does not affect existing agreements BP may have with the government"....

....which means that after a short period of time, possibly a few months, it will be business as usual with BP.

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Response to OldDem2012 (Reply #2)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 09:29 AM

3. You may be right, but they are the biggest supplier to the Pentagon soooo in the meantime...

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Response to OldDem2012 (Reply #2)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 09:31 AM

4. Agree the ban is weak but at least they aren't apologizing and offering them cookies

like some wingers would and have....

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Response to think (Reply #4)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 09:34 AM

5. 3 criminal charges also.

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Response to lonestarnot (Reply #5)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 09:46 AM

9. TY for the reminder. Very important as well.

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Response to think (Reply #9)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 08:52 AM

13. 3 criminally charged and no one from Haliburton yet. Waiting. Maybe.

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Response to lonestarnot (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 09:37 AM

6. Considered to be a likely outcome 16th November

http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/business/companies/bp_plc/index.html

Prior to that BP stated publicly long ways back that they would be unlikely to seek any further contracts in North America.

Subsequent to that they closened ties with Russia to the extent that last week they announced suspension of all Arctic work until post 2024 because they will be otherwise occupied.

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Response to lonestarnot (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 09:37 AM

7. It's something positive; not much, but a lot better than nothing and took some gumption. Cheers.

 

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Response to lonestarnot (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 09:39 AM

8. Seems like the minimum

slap on the wrist. The EPA has to shame BP a little since workers died.

I kinda doubt BP is going to suffer much. Certainly it is not much considering what was done to the Gulf.

Score a couple of points for the cause of "business integrity." Will it change anything though? I have doubts that it will.

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Response to lonestarnot (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 09:52 AM

10. Temporarily suspended and banned are very different to me

Especially when current contacts remain in place.

This is a wag of the finger. BP should be utterly destroyed, the scale of their crimes is epic. Misdemeanors??? Dead people, unquantifiable ecological damage, untold death to wildlife and we are bragging about being tough? Please!

The same government locks actual persons up for years for weed, kills people on a whim for being associated with those who have done far less overall damage or even none at all (insurgents) and goes after whistle blowers.

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Response to lonestarnot (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 10:40 AM

11. The oyster beds will be fucked for decades

The disperant that they sprayed will fuck the wetlands for decades too. The disperants made the oil disappear from human sight, but it didn't make the oil disappear, as in shazam! All that oil is still out there.

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Response to lonestarnot (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 10:46 AM

12. K&R. BP has to pay some price publicly, thus the bit players being the sacrificial lambs.

BP has bribed all of the politicians, media (constant commercials on the Gulf), and the Plaintiff's Steering Committee. They are holding most of the cards and will pay a fraction of the long term damages they caused. They have killed and ruined countless lives and businesses. The fines are just a cost of doing business. They OWN our system, which lets them spread campaign cash to any politician that they need to. Sad!

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