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Oil Pollution Update

April 2013

Citation: 43 ELR 10309

Issue: 4

Author: Russ Randle, Trudy Fisher, William T. Hassler, Lois Schiffer, and Courtenay Taylor

Two years after the Presidential Commission’s report on the tragic Deepwater Horizon disaster, much happened in the area of oil pollution law, though only one aspect of the Oil Pollution Act was amended. On January 31, 2013, ELI convened a panel of experts to provide a review of recent OPA litigation, including the BP criminal plea agreement and the issues in the pending civil penalty action. The panel also discussed legislation allocating potential civil penalties and the natural resource damages assessment underway, which features an innovative framework laid out in agreements with NOAA and in settlements with the Gulf states.

Russ Randle, Partner, Patton Boggs LLP (moderator); Trudy Fisher, Executive Director, Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality; William T. Hassler, Partner, Steptoe & Johnson; The Hon. Lois Schiffer, General Counsel, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; and Courtney Taylor, Interim Director, Mississippi River Delta Restoration, Environmental Defense Fund.

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