BP Has Help Challenging Loss of Federal Contracts After Gulf Spill

December 3, 2013

Business and oil-industry groups are urging a federal court to overturn BP's suspension from receiving new government contracts, calling it a "disturbing" overreach that threatens other companies doing business with federal agencies.

The American Petroleum Institute, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and other groups filed a court brief on BP's behalf in the oil giant's case against the Environmental Protection Agency, which imposed the freeze in late 2012 following the disastrous 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

EPA suspended BP, a major fuel supplier to the military, shortly after the company reached a $4 billion criminal plea deal over the spill, which was caused by a blowout of a BP well being drilled a mile beneath the ocean surface.

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