Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Hari Osofsky and friends have posted Environmental Justice and the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill (NYU Enviro Law Journal) on SSRN:
This Article analyzes the environmental justice implications of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill and proposes ways to better address these concerns currently and in the future. It explores the justice problems that have arisen with respect to the spill response, compensation, and employment and workers. The Article argues that these problems result from a mix of inadequate information, failure to incorporate environmental justice into planning, and statutory provisions that favor oil companies and limit protections for vulnerable populations. It proposes ways in which to address these causes in the context of this disaster and more broadly.