BP to pay out a further $US17.5 billion for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill

A few days ago the US Federal Court endorsed a settlement agreement between the US government and five Gulf Coast States. The multi-national oil giant BP has been ordered to pay a total of $US 17.5 billion in fines and compensation for natural resource damage and economic losses incurred as…

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Marine Seismic Surveys and Turtles: a short review of environmental risk and management

I was recently asked aout the potential environmental risk to marine turtles and sea snakes from seismic surveys. I have to admit to not knowing much about sea snakes (if any readers kinow of work in this area please drop me a comment), but I have spent a considerable amount…

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A way to combine the precautionary principle and risk assessment for the evaluation of project alternatives

Ecologically Sustainable Development (ESD) is, in its simplest form, meeting the needs and aspirations of the present without compromising the ability to meet those of the future (World Commission on Environment and Development (1987), ‘Our Common Future’, also commonly known as ‘The Brundtland Report’). It requires that actions to protect…

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