The U.S. government and BP have reached a criminal settlement related to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster. Negotiations around the civil penalties are still ongoing.
BP has pleaded guilty to 12 felony counts and two misdemeanors related to the oil rig explosion that claimed 11 lives and touched off what became the biggest oil spill in U.S. history.
But despite ranking among the world’s worst corporate criminals, BP is still one of the U.S. government’s top federal contractors.
Federal law enables U.S. government officials to debar — ban from government business — companies which commit fraud or repeatedly run afoul of the law.
We, the undersigned, call on the government to suspend all current contracts and debar BP and its subsidiaries from all future contracts.
BP’s criminal conviction for its role in the Deepwater Horizon disaster is preceded by a decade of criminal negligence that has resulted in three convictions for environmental crimes and a guilty plea to market manipulation.
BP’s entire operations — from exploration, to refining, to fuel transport, to commodity trading — have violated federal laws with frequency and severity. Given the company’s willful transgression of U.S. laws, it should no longer be eligible for federal contracts.