Environmental Regulation in the Upstream Oil and Gas Industry: Is Ghana Prepared for Offshore Oil Pollution?

Boateng Newman, Ohenewaa

Abstract

Environmental regulation of the marine environment from offshore pollution is an international concern. Offshore pollution presents various negative impacts to the ecosystem. Media coverage of oil spills such as the Torrey Canyon in 1967, the Amoco Cadiz in 1978, Piper Alpha 1988 disaster in the North Sea, the Exxon Valdez 1989, the Prestige oil spill 2002 in the Bay of Biscay, Montara incident 2009 and BP Macondo 2010 highlight the devastating impacts of huge oil spills on the marine environment.

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