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BP Continued Suspension From New U.S. Contracts Sought

BP Plc’s suspension from new government contracts and oil leases after the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill should continue because the company hasn’t demonstrated it’s a responsible contractor, the U.S. said.

BP is fighting a 2012 ban imposed on 20 affiliates by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which prevents all BP entities from bidding on any new government supply contracts or oil leases. The suspension, which doesn’t affect BP’s earlier government contracts, was imposed after the agency determined the London-based company hadn’t fully corrected problems that led to the fatal explosion aboard the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig and the worst offshore spill in U.S. history.