Primary Sources: How BP Lobbied the EPA to Let it Continue Being a 'Business Partner of the Government'
BP, the British oil conglomerate whose “Deepwater Horizon” oil platform blew up in April 2010, killing eleven workers and releasing hundreds of millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, urged the Environmental Protection Agency to accept its claims to have reformed itself, in order to remain eligible for billions of dollars in federal contracts, according to a seventy-two page report BP sent the agency in July 2012.
VICE News used FOIA to obtain the report, “Present Responsibility,” and hundreds of pages of other documents, including internal BP PowerPoint presentations. EPA required nearly two years to release the documents because they contained what an agency analyst described as “confidential business information.”
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BP pled guilty to criminal charges in November 2012. EPA then suspended the company from bidding on government contracts. In August 2013 BP sued and several months later the agency reinstated the company.
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