Legal Liability in the Canadian Arctic Relating to Oil Spills and Blowouts


  • D. E. Lewis, Q.C.



Energy Law, Petroleum Law


There is an ever-increasing concern in today's society about problems arising from pollution, but issues of liability for and prevention of pollution in the Arctic are particularly acute. This article discusses the pollution problems of the oil and gas industry in the Arctic with respect to liability for oil spills and blowouts. The article considers possible common law and statutory liability for personal injuries and property damage caused by blowouts and oil spills that may occur both on and off shore. The article concludes with) discussion of the special problems of foreseeability of damage in the Arctic.