Federalism, the Admiralty, and Oil Spills
Steven R. Swanson
Hamline University - School of Law
January 1, 1996
Journal of Maritime Law and Commerce, Vol. 27, p. 379, 1996
The Exxon Valdez oil spill brought to the public’s attention a matter of national and international importance. How best to deal with the legal ramifications of these oil spills has become a matter of great concern to politicians, environmentalists, and the oil and transportation industries. Issues exist relating to cleanup costs, compensation for loss of natural resources, criminal liability, and payment for civil damages. This article suggests that the courts can and should overcome this political impasse by reasserting the federal power to deal with these admiralty issues.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 38
Keywords: Maritime law, federalism, oil spilled, Exxon, federal statutory law
Date posted: December 10, 2011
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