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New Government Report: Liability and Compensation Issues Raised by the 2010 Gulf Oil Spill

Liability and Compensation Issues Raised by the 2010 Gulf Oil Spill

by Jonathan L. Ramseur
Paperback, 24 pages, 2011, $20.00
ISBN: 143798343x

The 2010 Deepwater Horizon (DH) incident produced the largest oil spill that has occurred in U.S. waters, releasing more than 200 million gallons into the Gulf of Mexico. BP has estimated the combined oil spill costs will be approximately $41 billion. The DH oil spill raised many issues for policymakers, including the ability of the existing oil spill liability and compensation framework to respond to a catastrophic spill.

Contents of this report: (1) Intro.; (2) Existing Liability and Compensation Framework: Responsible Party; Liability Limits; Financial Responsibility; The Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund; Compensation or Claims Process; (3) Issues for Policymakers: Liability Limits; Per-Incident Cap; Level of Funding; Claims Process. This is a print on demand report.

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April 5, 2011 at 8:56 am Leave a comment

New Government Report: Offshore Oil and Gas Development

Offshore Oil and Gas Development: Legal Framework
by Adam Vann
Paperback, 23 pages, 2010, $20.00
ISBN: 9781437941241

“The development of offshore oil, gas, and other mineral resources in the U.S. is impacted by a number of inter-related legal regimes, including international, fedederal, and state laws. International law provides a framework for establishing control of offshore areas, and domestic federal law supplements these standards. In the U.S., governance of offshore minerals and regional development activities are bifurcated between state and federal law.

Contents of this report: (1) Fed. Jurisdiction; State Jurisdiction; Coastal State Regulation; (2) Federal Resources: Moratoria; Leasing and Development: Leasing; Exploration; Develop. and Production.; Lease Suspension and Cancellation; Suspensions Following the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill; Legal Challenges to Offshore Leasing.”

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October 26, 2010 at 2:35 pm Leave a comment

New Government Report: Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: Coastal Wetland and Wildlife Impacts and Response

Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: Coastal Wetland and Wildlife Impacts and Response
by M. Lynne Corn and Claudia Copeland
Paperback, 24 pages, 2010, $20.00
ISBN: 9781437936506

The explosion of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico on April 20, 2010, and the resulting oil spill began a cascade of effects on the coastal areas of the Gulf and on the wealth of species that inhabit those areas. These wetlands, like those elsewhere, have value for water quality, flood control, shoreline protection, and recreation.

Contents of this report: (1) Introduction; (2) Why Are Wetlands Important?; (3) Coastal Wetlands and Assets in the Gulf of Mexico; (4) Oil Spills: Impacts on Wetland Habitats and Animals; (5) Weather and Storms; (6) Mitigation and Cleanup of Wetlands; (7) Oil Spill Response; (8) Cleanup and Recovery Issues; (9) Conclusion. Charts and tables.

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August 5, 2010 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

New Government Report: Oil Spills: Cost of Major Spills May Impact Viability of Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund: Congressional Testimony (ISBN: 1437935117)

Oil Spills: Cost of Major Spills May Impact Viability of Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund: Congressional Testimony (ISBN: 1437935117)
By Susan A. Fleming
(Paperback, 27 pages, 2010, $20)

On April 20, 2010, an explosion at the mobile offshore drilling unit Deepwater Horizon resulted in a massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The spill’s total cost is unknown, but may result in considerable costs to the private sector, as well as federal, state, and local governments.

The Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA) set up a system that places the liability — up to specified limits — on the responsible party. The Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund (Fund), administered by the Coast Guard, pays for costs not paid for by the responsible party. This testimony focuses on: (1) how oil spills are paid for; (2) the factors that affect major oil spill costs; and (3) implications of major oil spill costs for the Fund. Charts and tables.

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June 30, 2010 at 7:00 am Leave a comment

New Government Report: Potential Stafford Act Declarations for the Gulf Coast Oil Spill: Issues for Congress (ISBN: 143793417X)

Potential Stafford Act Declarations for the Gulf Coast Oil Spill: Issues for Congress (ISBN: 143793417X)
By Francis X. McCarthy
(Paperback, 11 pages, 2010, $10)

The Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act presents several options, and could provide a number of programs, to address the Gulf Coast oil spill. An emergency declaration under the Stafford Act would appear a potential approach to the current situation since it is intended to lessen the impact of an imminent disaster.

Contents of this report: (1) The Stafford Act Declaration Process; (2) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)’s Role in the Exxon Valdez Incident; (3) Possible FEMA Involvement in the Gulf Coast Oil Spill Response; (4) Federal Coordination, Mitigation, and Long-Term Recovery; (5) Arguments Regarding a Stafford Act Declaration for the Response; (6) Uncertain Prospects for Recovery of Disaster Relief Fund Expenditures; (7) Federal Options.

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June 24, 2010 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

New Government Report: Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: Selected Issues for Congress (ISBN: 1437934730)

Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: Selected Issues for Congress (ISBN: 1437934730)
By Curry L. Hagerty and Jonathan L. Ramseur
(Paperback, 33 pages, 2010, $25)

On April 20, 2010, an explosion and fire occurred on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico. This resulted in 11 worker fatalities, a massive oil release, and a national response effort in the Gulf of Mexico region by the federal and state governments as well as British Petroleum (BP).

The bipartisan commission named by President Obama in May to study the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and the future of American offshore drilling will hold its first formal meeting in mid-July at the earliest, most likely delaying the delivery of its final report into next year, reports the New York Times.

Contents of this report: (1) Intro.; (2) Setting in the Gulf of Mexico: Oil and Gas Recovery; Weather and Ocean Currents; Biological Resources; (3) Offshore Oil and Gas Drilling Technology; (4) Federal Statutory Framework; (5) Federal Regulatory Framework; (6) Environmental and Economic Impacts; (7) Labor Issues; (8) Reorganization of Minerals Management Service (MMS); (9) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Issues; Exxon Valdez; Recent Regional Disaster History; (10) Conclusion. Charts and tables.

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June 21, 2010 at 5:00 am Leave a comment


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