Exclusive Analysis of Oil Spills from Matthew Bender - The Oil Pollution Act of 1990

The Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA), passed by Congress and signed by the President on August 18, 1990, largely in reaction to the Exxon Valdez catastrophe, has literally revolutionized the area of oil pollution liability. The statute amends many of the laws described above. Most significantly, it expressly...

Dispersants In The Gulf: A ‘Scientific Experiment?’

ATLANTA - The use of dispersants on oil leaking from the sunken Deepwater Horizon rig could create a toxic stew of byproducts, and past oil spills are of little help in predicting what damage could be done to the Gulf of Mexico, speakers said today at HB Litigation Conferences' Oil in the Gulf...

An Overview of Offshore Oil Drilling Risks, Legislation and Offshore Physical Damage Insurance Policies

By Rina Carmel and Ashkan Yekrangi, Carlson, Calladine & Peterson LLP In their article appearing in the November/December 2010 issue of Coverage , “An Overview of Offshore Oil Drilling Risks, Legislation and Offshore Physical Damage Insurance Policies,” Rina Carmel and Ashkan Yekrangi...

Dispersants used in Deepwater Horizon oil spill persisted longer than anticipated

Nearly 771 thousand gallons of chemical dispersants were injected into the oil and gas emitted by BP's Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Based on prior research, it was anticipated that the dispersants would biodegrade with modest rapidity. Instead, researchers found that the dispersants, which were studied...

Where is the methane from the BP Deepwater Horizon blowout?

Natural gas in various forms comprised approximately 2/3 of the hydrocarbons emitted from the Deepwater Horizon well blowout. Methane is believed to compose an estimated 87.5% of that natural gas. Sampling in June 2010 found no microbial breakdown of methane. [See http://www.sciencemag.org/content/330...

Scientists Fret Over BP Funds For Gulf Research

NEW ORLEANS - (AP) Scientists say it is taking far too long to dole out millions of dollars in BP funds for badly needed Gulf oil spill research, and it could be too late to assess the crude's impact on pelicans, shrimp and other species by the time studies begin. The spring nesting. . . . Full version...

Coast Guard stumbles as it tries to preempt Massachusetts state law

The Massachusetts Oil Spill Prevention Act (OSPA) was enacted following an oil spill in Buzzards Bay. [As the appellate court notes, Buzzards Bay is a scenically beautiful body of water. See also http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Buzzards_Bay_map.png.] OSPA requires a tugboat escort for all tank vessels...

Oil Company Sued Over Chronic California Spills

SAN FRANCISCO - (AP) Government regulators sued an oil company Friday over 21 spills of crude oil and other harmful pollutants in Santa Barbara County waterways over five years. The complaint claims Greka Oil & Gas Co., now known as HVI Cat Canyon Inc., failed to adopt adequate plans for spill prevention...

Columbia Law School Center for Climate Change Law: Environmental Impact Analysis and the Keystone XL Pipeline Project

On June 6, 2011, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued its latest comments and rating on the State Department's Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement (SDEIS) for the Keystone XL project, a major new oil pipeline being developed by Transcanada, a Canadian firm, that would, if...

Under California's Polanco Act, owners of a right-of-way to property are not owners or operators for subsurface contamination they did not cause and had no duty to investigate

California's Polanco Act provides a powerful (some would say one sided) tool for Redevelopment Agencies to force the remediation of a site subject to redevelopment, or to cause PRP's to reimburse such agencies for the remedial cost outlays. [As an aside, it should be noted that Governor Brown...

Did Gulf surface bacteria not find Deepwater Horizon oil to be a complete diet?

Prior posts have discussed various aspects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and its impact on the biota of the Gulf. Bioremediation has several goals. First, one uses nature to remediate contamination, saving significant sums. Second, the "food" (contaminant) should cause the bacteria to...

BP Accuses Halliburton Of Destroying Cement Testing Data

NEW ORLEANS - BP on Dec. 5 filed a motion in the multidistrict litigation court in Louisiana federal court for claims arising from the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig and ensuing oil spill, seeking sanctions against Halliburton Energy Services Inc. based on the company's alleged spoliation...

Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Ruling: BP and Andarko Are Responsible Parties and Liable For Civil Penalties Under Clean Water Act

NEW ORLEANS - (Mealey's) The federal judge in Louisiana presiding over litigation stemming from the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig and ensuing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico held Feb. 22 that BP PLC and Andarko Petroleum Co. are liable for civil penalties under the Clean Water Act (CWA...

Jenner & Block: Important Environmental Compliance Considerations In The Wake Of Hurricane Sandy

By Steven M. Siros, Partner, and Allison Torrence, Associate, Jenner & Block As Hurricane Sandy swept across the Eastern Seaboard, the images of its destructive power were humbling. As everyone begins to dig out from the damage caused by the storm, it is important to remember the environmental...

Environmental Risks – The Spanish Islands Threatened by Oil Prospectors

By Teresa Parejo Navajas Associate Professor of Law (Carlos III de Madrid University, Spain) Visiting Scholar at the Center for Climate Change Law The Balearic and Canary Islands – in the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, respectively – are suffering from prospectors searching...