May 26, 2010 – In a move that could cost the petroleum giant billions, officials at the EPA are now considering whether to ban BP from receiving future government contracts.
The EPA is looking not just at the recent Deepwater Horizon disaster, but at BP’s track record over the last decade. In that time, the company has paid tens of millions of dollars in fines and been implicated in four separate instances of criminal misconduct that could have prompted a ban from government contracts. Until now, BP executives have fended off such a penalty by promising the company would change its ways.
In light of the latest Gulf Coast catastrophe, promises may no longer be enough. This week, the EPA suspended negotiations with BP over whether it would be barred from federal contracts because of the environmental crimes it committed prior to the Deepwater Horizon explosion. EPA officials stated they are putting the talks on hold until they know for certain the scope of the company’s responsibility for the plume of oil that is spreading across the Gulf.
The EPA said in a statement that, according to its regulations, it can consider banning BP from future contracts after weighing “the frequency and pattern of the incidents, corporate attitude both before and after the incidents, changes in policies, procedures, and practices.”
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