What are the legal implications for BP given the disaster in the Gulf? What (numerous) environmental laws appear to have been broken? How does the enormity of the “spill” play into the corporation’s (and other corporations’ associated with the disaster, like Halliburton) liability?
To answer these questions and more, WEMU Morning Host David Fair and I interviewed David M. Uhlmann, a nationally renowned law professor at the University of Michigan and former chief of the environmental crimes section at the United States Department of Justice from 2000-2007.
Professor Uhlmann has a long and well-respected history in the arena of environmental crimes, which allowed us to take a conversation we had been having over the past few months with other guests—ranging from International Joint Commission chairwoman Lana Pollack to Ecology Center Director Mike Garfield—to a legal level. How will BP and, frankly, Enbridge here in Michigan be held accountable for their environmental crimes? And, will this help push our nation out of the vice grip that is our dependence on oil?
Professor Uhlmann published an outstanding opinion piece in the NY Times on this very issue, entitled Prosecuting Crimes Against the Earth. He has also been called upon for expert commentary by numerous media over the past few months, appearing recently on MSNBC and referenced in early August in the Washington Post.
Please tune in to 89.1 FM on Friday morning, September 3, 2010 to hear Professor Uhlmann’s thoughts. Perfect timing given the second explosion on a Gulf oil rig on September 2.