Environmental Law Section

The section informs its members of local, state and national environmental laws and regulations. The section coordinates annual substantive continuing legal education programs on environmental law and produces a quarterly newsletter.

Chair
TDEC-OGC
William Snodgrass Tn Tower
Nashville, TN 37221
(615)253-2027
Immediate Past Chair
Paine, Tarwater and Bickers LLP
900 S. Gay St. Ste 2200
Knoxville, TN 37902
(865)525-0880
Vice-Chair
Dickinson Wright, PLLC
424 Church Street, Suite 1401
Nashville, TN 37219
(615)620-1716

Halliburton Reaches $1 Billion Gulf Oil Spill Settlement

Halliburton's agreement to pay more than $1 billion to settle numerous claims involving the 2010 BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill could be a way for the company and victims of the spill to avoid years of costly litigation, the Chattanooga Times Free Press reports from the Associated Press. A federal judge still has to approve the settlement and rule on the extent to which parties, including Halliburton, were negligent in the deadly explosion of the Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig. Those rulings could affect plaintiffs' decisions on whether to participate in the settlement, which was announced Tuesday. 

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BP Says it Overpaid for Claims in Gulf Spill

In a filing Friday, BP asked a federal judge to order restitution — plus interest — to what it says are hundred of millions of dollars in overpayments to some businesses that claimed losses due to the 2010 Gulf oil spill, News 5 reports. BP points to a revised policy for calculating losses that was approved by the court in May and says the court should order recalculation of awards paid prior to that change.

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