Memorandum submitted by KIMO UK
This Memorandum is submitted by KIMO UK (Local Authorities
International Environmental Organisation). KIMO UK represents
local authorities on marine pollution issues. KIMO has no objection
to this response being made public.
We feel that the current compensation regime to reimburse
those who have to clean up after oil spills (particularly local
authorities) from oil rigs are not fit for purpose and in the
event of a serious spill in the UK would leave oil spill responders
out of pocket and the costs would ultimately rest with the taxpayer.
We feel that the polluter must pay for any pollution from oil
rigs and the associated clean up operations. We would ask the
committee to refer to the American Oil Pollution Act (1990) as
an example of legislation that ensures the polluter pays.