March 11, 2014
by Neil Devlin
The Oil Pollution Act of 1990 passed both houses of Congress by large margins and was signed into law by President George H.W. Bush in response to the Exxon Valdez spill in Prince William Sound, Alaska. It mandates detailed clean-up plans from oil companies and requires monies to be set aside for ...[read more]
March 11, 2014
by Michael Roberts
On April 20, 2010, an explosion of high pressure methane gas sank British Petroleum (BP)'s Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, causing a leak that became one of the largest oil spills in history. The leak continued until the well was officially sealed on September 21, 2010 and released an estimated ...[read more]
October 11, 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo
Four Nigerian residents and an advocacy group told a Dutch court on Thursday that Shell should be held liable for damage from oil pollution in the Niger Delta. The suit, which was filed by the four villagers and Friends of the Earth Netherlands in 2008, is the first time a Dutch company has been ...[read more]
August 3, 2012
by Max Slater
A federal court in Brazil on Wednesday ordered Chevron and drilling company Transocean to suspend all oil drilling in Brazil within 30 days in the wake of two oil spills off the coast of Rio de Janeiro. A judge for Brazil's Regional Federal Court of the Second Region ruled that each company must ...[read more]
April 4, 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo
A Brazilian federal prosecutor on Tuesday filed a second $11 billion lawsuit against Chevron after the company reported a new leak in its Frade oil field in the Campos Basin. Eduardo Santos de Oliviera filed the first lawsuit after a 2,400 barrel oil spill polluted the Campos Basin last November. ...[read more]
March 23, 2012
by Matthew Pomy
Thirty-five Nigerian villages brought a suit against Shell Friday in a London court alleging Shell's slow response in cleaning up two oil spills in a neighboring river ruined their livelihoods. The lawsuit claims Shell is responsible for unspecified damages suffered by the villages which rely on ...[read more]
September 6, 2010
by Devin Montgomery
JURIST Special Guest Columnist Cdr. Tom Emerick (USCG), former counsel to National Incident Commander (NIC) for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, retired Admiral Thad Allen, explains how existing regulatory rules and agency practices affected the response to the spill and says they need to be ...[read more]
March 1, 2008
by Andrew Wood
Howard A. Learner: Sixteen environmental and Alaskan conservation organizations, represented by public interest attorneys from the Environmental Law & Policy Center, filed an amicus curiae brief before the U.S. Supreme Court in the Exxon (Valdez) Shipping case focused on the important iss... ...[read more]
December 6, 2007
by Gabriel Haboubi
Alaskan state officials said Wednesday that they are presently building a civil case against oil giant BP for two oil spills in Prudhoe Bay in March and August of 2006. The announcement by the environmental division of the Alaska Department of Law comes less than a week after BP subsidiary BP ...[read more]
June 3, 2005
by Tom Henry
Host country Sweden says it intends to push for strict new rules on polluters at the 28th Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting convening in Stockholm June 6-17. A draft proposal that has been under neogotiation for some 20 years would require companies and organizations to take appropriate ...[read more]

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