EPA's Spot On Deepwater Panel Could Speed Up Damages Talks

Law360, New York (September 10, 2012, 7:29 PM EDT) -- President Barack Obama on Monday put the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency at the helm of a panel overseeing Gulf Coast restoration from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, a move that could speed up negotiations with BP PLC to assign a dollar figure to natural resource damages.

In an executive order, Obama tapped the EPA, as well as the U.S. Department of Agriculture, to serve on the disaster’s Natural Resource Damage Trustee Council, a panel of federal and state agencies charged with determining the spill’s impact on...
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