UK Deepwater Drilling-Implications of the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill - Energy and Climate Change Contents

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.

September 2010

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