The Deepwater Horizon oil spill
17 May 2010
Dr Tim Stephens says there are large gaps in what the international agreements cover in relation to oil spills.
Speaking in an article for The New York Times, Dr Stephens asserts that the agreements do not apply to accidents involving oil platforms, like the Deepwater Horizon spill.
""It is definitely an omission.
"There is a tremendous body of international law addressing oil pollution, dealing with matters including construction and seaworthiness of ships, safety of navigation, pollution response, and liability."
Dr Stephens says only "tentative" steps have been taken so far to make the maritime agency's rules applicable to platform spills.
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