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Jenner & Block: Important Environmental Compliance Considerations In The Wake Of Hurricane Sandy
Posted on 13 Nov 2012 by Jenner & Block Corporate Environmental Lawyer

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... Read More

Environmental Risks – The Spanish Islands Threatened by Oil Prospectors
Posted on 27 Mar 2014 by Columbia Law - Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

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... Read More

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
Posted on 17 Jul 2011 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

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... Read More

Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Ruling: BP and Andarko Are Responsible Parties and Liable For Civil Penalties Under Clean Water Act
Posted on 26 Feb 2012 by Shane Dilworth

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... Read More

Did Gulf surface bacteria not find Deepwater Horizon oil to be a complete diet?
Posted on 7 Aug 2011 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

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"... Read More

Coast Guard stumbles as it tries to preempt Massachusetts state law
Posted on 27 May 2011 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

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... Read More

BP Accuses Halliburton Of Destroying Cement Testing Data
Posted on 7 Dec 2011 by LexisNexis Environmental Law Community Staff

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... Read More

Columbia Law School Center for Climate Change Law: Environmental Impact Analysis and the Keystone XL Pipeline Project
Posted on 12 Jul 2011 by Columbia Law - Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

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... Read More

Exclusive Analysis of Oil Spills from Matthew Bender - The Oil Pollution Act of 1990
Posted on 1 May 2010 by LexisNexis Environmental Law Community Staff

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... Read More

Dispersants used in Deepwater Horizon oil spill persisted longer than anticipated
Posted on 1 Feb 2011 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

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... Read More

BP Accuses Halliburton Of Destroying Cement Testing Data
Posted on 7 Dec 2011 by LexisNexis Environmental Law Community Staff

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... Read More

Coast Guard stumbles as it tries to preempt Massachusetts state law
Posted on 27 May 2011 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

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... Read More

Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Ruling: BP and Andarko Are Responsible Parties and Liable For Civil Penalties Under Clean Water Act
Posted on 26 Feb 2012 by Shane Dilworth

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... Read More

Columbia Law School Center for Climate Change Law: Environmental Impact Analysis and the Keystone XL Pipeline Project
Posted on 12 Jul 2011 by Columbia Law - Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

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... Read More

Did Gulf surface bacteria not find Deepwater Horizon oil to be a complete diet?
Posted on 7 Aug 2011 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

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"... Read More