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Environmental Justice and the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

81 Pages Posted: 27 Oct 2011 Last revised: 27 Apr 2014

Hari M. Osofsky

Pennsylvania State University, Penn State Law

Kate M. Baxter-Kauf

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Bradley Hammer

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Ann Mailander

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Brett Mares

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Amy Pikovsky

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Andrew Whitney

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Laura Wilson

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: October 25, 2011

Abstract

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.

Suggested Citation

Osofsky, Hari M. and Baxter-Kauf, Kate M. and Hammer, Bradley and Mailander, Ann and Mares, Brett and Pikovsky, Amy and Whitney, Andrew and Wilson, Laura, Environmental Justice and the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill (October 25, 2011). NYU Environmental Law Journal, Vol. 20, No. 1, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1949421

Hari M. Osofsky (Contact Author)

Pennsylvania State University, Penn State Law ( email )

Lewis Katz Building
University Park, PA 16802
United States

Kate M. Baxter-Kauf

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

Bradley Hammer

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

Ann Mailander

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

Brett Mares

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

Amy Pikovsky

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

Andrew Whitney

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

Laura Wilson

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

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