BP sues to get new contracts after oil spill

HOUSTON (AP) — BP is suing the U.S. government over a decision to bar the oil giant from getting new federal contracts to supply fuel and other services after the company pleaded guilty to manslaughter and other criminal charges related to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

The Houston Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/1eFijiB ) BP filed the lawsuit Monday in Houston federal court.

BP says it is seeking an injunction that would lift an order by the Environmental Protection Agency that suspends the company from such contracts.

The newspaper reports an EPA spokesman declined to comment on BP’s court action, referring questions to the Justice Department, which also declined to comment.

The well blowout that caused the spill killed 11 workers and led to millions of gallons of oil spewing into the Gulf.

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Information from: Houston Chronicle, http://www.houstonchronicle.com

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Information from: Houston Chronicle, http://www.houstonchronicle.com

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