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BP suspended from new US government contracts

A British Petroleum logo is seen at a petrol station in central London in this file photo. Earlier this month, BP plead guilty to criminal misconduct in the Gulf of Mexico disaster, the worst oil spill in US history, and agreed to pay record penalties of US$4.5 billion. – Reuters picA British Petroleum logo is seen at a petrol station in central London in this file photo. Earlier this month, BP plead guilty to criminal misconduct in the Gulf of Mexico disaster, the worst oil spill in US history, and agreed to pay record penalties of US$4.5 billion. – Reuters picWASHINGTON, Nov 28 – The British oil company BP Plc and its affiliates have been suspended from new contracts with the US government due to the criminal charges in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010, the US Environmental Protection Agency said today.

Earlier this month, BP plead guilty to criminal misconduct in the Gulf of Mexico disaster, the worst oil spill in US history, and agreed to pay record penalties of US$4.5 billion (RM13.74 billion).

The temporary contract suspension stems from those charges, the EPA said.

“Federal executive branch agencies take these actions to ensure the integrity of federal programmes 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 EPA said in a statement.

In London, BP had no immediate comment. The company recognised the risk that it could be banned from US government contracts when it agreed earlier this month to plead guilty to criminal charges over the spill, but it said at the time that it had not received any indication that government departments would go ahead with such a ban. – Reuters

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