Wednesday, August 18, 2010

ABA CLE - Environmental Impacts of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: A Failure of Oversight

This Teleconference and Live Audio Webcast will take place on Date: Wednesday, August 25, 2010 and provide an overview of the events of April 20, 2010, the extent of the damage caused by the spill, and where things stand with efforts to contain the damage.

BP admits that the accident was caused by a “failure of a number of processes, systems, and equipment,” including lax testing, cost-cutting measures, and a breakdown in chain of command. But as spectacular as the breakdown of operations appears to be, perhaps the most striking feature of the largest oil spill in U.S. history is “the apparent lack of an adequate plan to control the spreading environmental damage.”

This teleconference will try to grapple with three major facets of the legal landscape that was supposed to anticipate and mitigate an accident of this scale: planning and regulatory oversight, government response, and environmental impacts.

The program will begin with a discussion of some of the pre-planning issues that need to be raised as we try to avoid a repeat of this environmental disaster.

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