A federal government award in which BP is a finalist for “outstanding safety and pollution prevention” has been conveniently postponed in the wake of the Gulf oil disaster. The U.S. Department of Interior was to have announced the winner Monday but cancelled the awards ceremony because it says it needs to concentrate on efforts to respond to the 5,000 barrels of oil leaking in the aftermath of the April 20 Transocean Deepwater Horizon platform explosion and sinking two days later. A Minerals Management Service spokeswoman said she does not know which one of the three finalists is the award winner or if the environmental disaster will affect BP’s chances of winning. The other companies nominated are Exxon Mobil and Eni US Operation Co. 11 workers were killed in the Deepwater Horizon explosion.
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