Other ELI Events
This webinar will bring together a panel of experts to discuss the complex intersection of climate change, community resilience and Gulf of Mexico restoration, focusing on the challenges of and opportunities for creating restoration projects that both incorporate climate change considerations and are responsive to the needs of coastal communities.
The third phase of the BP oil spill trial began in New Orleans on January 20. The webinar brought together leading experts on the oil spill litigation to discuss the first two phases of the trial, including the court’s ruling that the oil spill was the result of BP’s gross negligence and willful misconduct, and previewed some of the major issues that will be addressed in Phase III.
The Treasury Department, tasked with overseeing implementation of the RESTORE Act, released several important rules and guidance documents relevant to the administration, distribution of funds, and proposal of projects and programs. This webinar featured a panel of experts to provide an overview of these complex and interrelated documents, with special focus on the Treasury Department’s interim final rule for administering the Restoration Trust Fund.
Deepwater Horizon Litigation: Overview and Update
November 13, 2013
Coming on the heels of Phase II of the BP civil trial, this webinar provided an overview of the litigation landscape related to the disaster, and then considered the status and implications of the BP civil trial that is ongoing in New Orleans.
Oil Pollution Update
January 31, 2013
This session provided a review of recent Oil Pollution Act litigation, including the BP criminal plea agreement and the issues in the pending civil penalty action, legislation allocating of potential civil penalties, and the natural resource damages assessment underway.
This seminar brought together experts to discuss the key considerations and opportunities ahead in implementing the recently-passed RESTORE Act, which will devote 80 percent of the Clean Water Act penalties from the Deepwater Horizon incident to environmental and economic restoration and research in the Gulf region. Panelists discussed what the RESTORE Act could mean for the environment, economies, fishing communities, and citizens of the Gulf Coast states.
What Are the Options for Responding to Natural Resource Damage Restoration Projects?
June 18, 2012
This panel discussed potential citizen responses to restoration projects proposed as part of the natural resource damage assessment (NRDA) process. Panelists addressed both the formal opportunities – such as those available under the Oil Pollution Act (OPA) and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) – and informal opportunities that may be available.
- Mark Davis, Senior Research Fellow, Tulane University Law School
- Ivy Fredrickson, Staff Attorney, Ocean Conservancy
- David Pettit, Senior Attorney, Natural Resources Defense Council
Early Restoration in the Gulf of Mexico: When, Why, and How
September 20, 2011
This seminar brought together experts to discuss what early restoration is, how it fits within the broader NRDA process, and the framework agreement and process. Click on the seminar title above to access written summaries, audio recordings, and presentations and handouts.
The Oil Spill Liability Framework
May 24, 2010
This panel discussed the primary oil spill liability provisions in effect at the time of the Deepwater Horizon disaster, and aspects such as the types of damages covered, past experiences, and the factors that influence the extent of liability in different circumstances. Click on the seminar title above to access written summaries, audio recordings, and presentations and handouts.