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Learning from Disaster:

lessons for the future from the gulf of mexico

An Environmental Affairs Law Review (EALR) symposium 

With generous sponsorship by John D. Hanify, ’74 

Co-sponsored by Boston College Environmental Studies Program, BC Law's Environmental Law Society, and the Boston College Energy and Environment Alumni Network (BCEEAN).


On November 12, The Environmental Affairs Law Review (EALR) of Boston College Law School, a journal of law, science, and policy, sponsored its 2010 fall Symposium.

Twenty years ago Boston College Law School researched legal issues arising from the Exxon Valdez spill for the State of Alaska Oil Spill Commission. This year, the EALR drew upon scholars from around the nation and the world to contribute similarly effective research and policy analysis in the wake of an even larger catastrophe, the BP Deepwater Blowout in the Gulf of Mexico. The symposium focused on learning from the current crisis and developing ideas to prevent similar tragedies in the future. Presenters offered critiques of the current regulatory structure and proposed changes in regulation they believe necessary to avert another crisis. The keynote speech focused on how the spill and the resulting cleanup efforts have affected the ecosystem in the Gulf and along the shore.

Watch video from the symposium:

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Riki Ott


Introduction and Welcome and Panel One:
The Importance of Effective Regulation


Panel Two--New Considerations in the Aftermath of a Spill