Assessing the damage caused by deepwater horizon : not just another Exxon Valdez

Perrons, Robert K. (2013) Assessing the damage caused by deepwater horizon : not just another Exxon Valdez. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 71(1/2), pp. 20-22.

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In light of the high stakes of the deepwater horizon civil trial and the important precedent-setting role that the case will have on the assessment of future marine disasters, the methodologies underpinning the calculations of damage on both sides will be subjected to considerable scrutiny. Despite the importance of the case, however, there seems to be a pronounced lack of convergence about it in the academic literature. Contributions from scientific journals frequently make comparisons to the Ixtoc I oil spill off the coast of Mexico in 1979; the legal literature, by stark contrast, seems to be much more focused on the Exxon Valdez spill that occurred off the shores of Alaska in 1989. This paper accordingly calls for a more thorough consideration of other analogs beyond the Exxon Valdez spill—most notably, the Ixtoc I incident—in arriving at an assessment of the damage caused by the Deepwater Horizon disaster.

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ID Code: 59430
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: File not attached
Keywords: Deepwater Horizon; Oil spill; Law; Damages
DOI: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2013.03.016
ISSN: 0025-326X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES (060000) > ECOLOGY (060200) > Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl. Marine Ichthyology) (060205)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Deposited On: 29 Apr 2013 02:51
Last Modified: 27 Sep 2013 03:31

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