With man's quest for fossil fuels reaching into the depths of the ocean, the possibility of accidents occurring with transnational results increases. The 1979-1980 Bay of Campeche oil spill provides a graphic example of the pollution that can occur in trying to extract fossil fuels from the sea. The authors examine the basis for liability of a polluting state in international law and some of the difficulties in enforcement.
William N. Hancock and Robert M. Stone,
Liability for Transnational Pollution Caused by Offshore Oil Rig Blowouts,
5 Hastings Int'l & Comp. L. Rev. 377
Available at: https://repository.uchastings.edu/hastings_international_comparative_law_review/vol5/iss2/4