BP has sued the United States government to overturn the suspension of most BP entities, including its exploration arm, from federal contracts.
The suit, filed on Tuesday in federal court in Texas, seeks to overturn a ban imposed in November by the Environmental Protection Agency. The agency cited BP for “lack of business integrity” as demonstrated by its role in the disastrous oil spill in 2010 in the Gulf of Mexico. The agency said the suspension would be in force “until the company can provide sufficient evidence to E.P.A. that it meets federal business standards.”
The ban’s most significant impact is that it prevents BP from gaining new oil and gas leases in the United States. That suspension, for instance, is likely to be hampering the company’s activities in the Gulf of Mexico. The company is the leader in deepwater gulf leases with 719, it says.
“We believe that the E.P.A.’s action here is inappropriate and unjustified as a matter of law and policy, and we are pursuing our right to seek relief in federal court,” BP said in a statement. “At the same time, we remain open to a reasonable settlement with the E.P.A.”