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Oil company responsible for Gulf Coast disaster allowed to apply for government contracts

By Agence France-Presse
Thursday, March 13, 2014 17:42 EDT
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A BP cleanup crew shovels oil from a beach on May 24, 2010 at Port Fourchon, Louisiana [AFP]
 
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday an end to its ban on BP obtaining government contracts following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

The EPA said in a tweeted statement that BP “agreed to safety and ethics improvements” in exchange for removing the ban, which had hurt the British company’s ability to do business in the United States.

BP said the five-year deal with the EPA will allow it to pursue new oil exploration leases in deepwater tracts in the Gulf of Mexico, which still bear many traces of the worst oil spill in U.S. history.

“After a lengthy negotiation, BP is pleased to have reached this resolution, which we believe to be fair and reasonable,” John Minge, chairman and president of BP America, said in a statement.

“Today’s agreement will allow America’s largest energy investor to compete again for federal contracts and leases.”

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