BP Suspension Shows No Contractor Is Too Big To Debar

By Dietrich Knauth (November 28, 2012, 10:15 PM EST) -- The U.S. government's decision Wednesday to suspend BP PLC, the U.S. military's largest fuel supplier, in the wake of a criminal settlement over the Deepwater Horizon oil spill sends a message that even companies that perform vital roles for the government are never "too big to debar," experts say.

Following BP's record-setting $4.5 billion criminal settlement over Deepwater-related violations, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday suspended BP from receiving any new government contracts, including military supply deals and drilling leases with the U.S. Department of the Interior.

The decision came as a surprise to many, who believed the company would...

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