The temporary contracting ban came early on the day the Interior Department held a sale of leases on 20 million acres of offshore oil and gas prospects in the western Gulf of Mexico, which the department said attracted $133 million in bids. Sources close to BP said the company did not submit any bids.
In 2011, BP was also the largest supplier of fuel to the U.S. military, with contracts worth about $1.35 billion.
The EPA move follows BP’s agreement to settle criminal charges for $4.5 billion, the largest such payment ever in a criminal settlement with the Justice Department.
Read more at The Washington Post. By Steven Mufson.
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