"BP Sues US Government Over Suspension From New Federal Contracts"

"British oil giant BP sued the U.S. government on Monday over its decision to bar the company from new federal contracts to supply fuel and other services following the company’s agreement to plead guilty to manslaughter and obstruction charges in connection with the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill disaster."

"The company said in court papers filed in U.S. District Court in Houston that the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to suspend the company from such contracts and its continued enforcement of that order is arbitrary, capricious and “an abuse of discretion.”

The company, which was negotiating a possible  agreement with the EPA at the time the agency issued the suspension last November, wants a judge to order the EPA to lift the suspension and  allow BP  to bid for and secure new government contracts.

The suspension, called a debarment, affects only new federal contracts, not existing ones. Because of it, however, BP has lost out on potentially billions of dollars of business with the U.S. government."

Harry R. Weber reports for Hearst's FuelFix blog August 12, 2013.

Source: FuelFix, 08/14/2013