The Oil Spill Liability Framework
May 24, 2010
Co-sponsored by: The Environmental Law Institute & DC Bar's Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Section, Ocean and Marine Resources Committee
The Gulf of Mexico oil spill generated tremendous concern about the potential ecological, economic, and social impacts of the leaking oil. As the spill grew, stakeholders and interested parties raised questions about the governing federal, state, and tort liability framework. This panel discussed the primary oil spill liability provisions in effect at the time and aspects such as the types of damages covered, past experiences, and the factors that influence the extent of liability in different circumstances. Speakers also provided a general summary of oil spill liability to help the audience understand the legal framework that applies to the Gulf of Mexico spill. Click here for a summary of the event.
Jordan Diamond, Assistant Director, Ocean Program, Environmental Law Institute
Lois J. Schiffer, General Counsel, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration