Managing the Risk of Offshore Oil and Gas Accidents
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Managing the Risk of Offshore Oil and Gas Accidents

The International Legal Dimension

Edited by Günther Handl and Kristoffer Svendsen

This book addresses the international legal dimension of the management of the risk of accidents associated with offshore oil and gas activities. It focuses on the prevention and minimization of harm as well as the post-accident management of loss through liability and compensation arrangements and the processing of mass claims for compensation. Government officials of countries with offshore industries, international civil servants and academics in related fields will find the book a valuable resource.
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Chapter 5: Managing environmental risks through the terms of maritime delimitation and related agreements

Nigel Bankes


This chapter examines the extent to which adjacent and opposite coastal States address the risk of accidents in the negotiation and conclusion of maritime delimitation agreements and related agreements such as framework agreements for transboundary oil and gas resources and joint development agreements (JDAs). Most delimitation agreements do not refer to the risk of accidents. Others refer generally to the duty to cooperate with respect to environmental protection while a small number specifically address the risk of pollution. International unitization agreements are principally concerned with technical oil and gas issues rather than environmental concerns although they do frequently provide for consultations with a view to agreeing on uniform safety and construction standards, as well as a rudimentary provision dealing with pollution. The same is largely true of framework agreements. By contrast, at least some JDAs address environmental risks in a comprehensive manner.

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