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Offshore Safety in the Wake of the Macondo Disaster: business as usual or sea change?

A public lecture by Jacqueline L. Weaver, the A.A. White Professor of Law, University of Houston Law Center and Terence Daintith, Professorial Fellow, University of London’s Institute of Advanced Legal Studies

Easter Sunday will mark the seventh anniversary of the incident in the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico when eleven workers on the Deepwater Horizon drilling platform died and almost five million barrels of oil poured into the Gulf from the Macondo well for 87 days. Yet the worst environmental disaster in US history failed to trigger any changes by the US Congress in safety or environmental laws offshore. Drilling activity in the Gulf’s deep waters rebounded in a short time. It is time to ask: is drilling in the Gulf safer now than it was before the disaster?

Professors Weaver and Daintith will reflect on this and other questions and there will be an opportunity for the audience to ask questions on international and domestic issues about the regulation of offshore petroleum in a Questions and Answers session.

Event Details
When: Tuesday 4 April 2017 | 6pm - 7pm
Where: Law Lecture Theatre,
The University of Western Australia
Cost: Free
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Tue 04 Apr 2017 To Tue 04 Apr 2017

6:00pm To 7:00pm