Social and Economic Assessment of Major Oil Spill Litigation and Settlement

The research project was developed and sponsored by the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) Alaska OCS Region to further the base of knowledge needed to effectively administer development of oil and gas resources along the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) of Alaska. The specific intent of the research is to enable comprehensive assessment of the social and economic effects of major oil spill litigation and disbursement of compensatory and punitive damage awards in areas affected by the Exxon Valdez oil spill (EVOS). A case study of litigation and settlement processes on Kodiak Island is used to generate information and policy recommendations of utility for management of oil and gas resources in Alaska and elsewhere in the United States and abroad. Two reports were generated from the research – a baseline report and a final assessment and recommendation report.