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Environmental Hazards from Offshore Methane Hydrate Operations: Civil Liability and Regulations for Efficient Governance

By Roy Andrew Partain


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Energy and Environmental Law and Policy Series Volume 32

Environmental Hazards from Offshore Methane Hydrate Operations presents the first treatment of the legal issues facing the future of offshore methane hydrates, perhaps one of the largest known potential sources of fresh water and energy in the world today, taking into account both proprietary interests and environmental hazards. Although methane hydrates are not recent discoveries, it is only now that their extraction and production are becoming commercially feasible as a major new energy source. They are present offshore in almost every coastal state, and their economic potential for endowing those states with abundant natural gas is vast. This book develops a theoretical foundation for a model regulatory framework for those challenges and then provides a comparative legal analysis of existing laws and conventions to determine their fitness for offshore methane hydrates related activities.

What’s in this book:

Starting from law and economics theory as applied to environmental accidents, this book’s analytical framework addresses how best to provide for the opportunities and challenges presented by offshore methane hydrates. Issues and topics include the following:

  • introduction to the science and technology of offshore methane hydrates;
  • methane as a green energy source;
  • research programs and agendas that are under way in Japan, South Korea, the United States, Canada, China, and India;
  • carbon capture and sequestration;
  • risks – methane emissions, large-scale combustion events, subsea landslides, tsunamis, earthquakes, deep-ocean eruptions;
  • strategies of risk governance – during exploration, development, production, and abandonment of the extraction process;
  • acts that enable seeping and venting of methane;
  • regulatory compliance as a defense from liability;
  • grounds for deference to rules of civil liability;
  • potential impact on anthropogenic climate change; and
  • private regulation and market-based incentives.

How this will help you:

As a road map to amending and revising existing laws and conventions, this book will be of inestimable practical value to policymakers in supporting the optimal risk governance of the development of methane hydrates. For potential entrepreneurs and operators, this book greatly reduces the legal uncertainty underlying their decision-making and investment decisions. Furthermore, this book enables a broad cross-section of legal practitioners and scholars to engage in this fascinating late arrival to the natural resources law and policy arena.

Pages 416
Last Updated 05/23/2017
Update Frequency As Needed
Product Line Kluwer Law International
ISBN 9789041187307
SKU 10059044-0001
Table of Contents


List of Abbreviations

List of Laws, Conventions, and Regulations

PART I Offshore Methane Hydrates

CHAPTER 1 Introduction

CHAPTER 2 Primer on Methane Hydrates

CHAPTER 3 Methane Hydrates as an Energy Resource

CHAPTER 4 Hazards of Offshore Methane Hydrates

PART II Governance of Accidental Risk

CHAPTER 5 Rules of Civil Liability

CHAPTER 6 Public and Private Regulation

CHAPTER 7 A Model Regulatory Framework for Offshore Methane Hydrates

PART III Review of Existing Laws

CHAPTER 8 Conventions of the United Nations

CHAPTER 9 International Maritime Conventions and Oil Spill Conventions


CHAPTER 11 Federal Laws of the United States

PART IV Conclusion and Appendices

CHAPTER 12 Executive Summary and Conclusions

Appendix I Offshore Methane Hydrates and Climate Change Hazards

Appendix II. A A Shavell’s Economic Models of Accidents

Appendix II. B Schäfer, Ott, Schönenberger and Müller-Langer

Appendix II.C Hylton’s Positive Theory of Strict Liability

Appendix II.D  Nussim and Tabbach on Durable Precautions and Interactive Decisions

Appendix II.E Nell & Richter’s Risk Allocation Model

Appendix II.F Glachant’s Asymmetric Information Model