LLM 7301

Environmental Aspects Of Oil And Gas

Course ID
LLM 7301
Campus
Muyenga
Level
Postgraduate
Instructor
Christine Akello
Credit
4 CU
Method
Lecture

Environmental compliance now represents a significant cost of doing business, both in terms of cost of compliance, and in terms of the possible penalties and fines which could be incurred as a result of non-compliance.

Module Overview

Several decades of major environmental legislation and regulation of air, water, and solid wastes has produced an extremely complex matrix of regulations and obligations which have been imposed on the oil and gas industry. Environmental compliance now represents a significant cost of doing business, both in terms of cost of compliance, and in terms of the possible penalties and fines which could be incurred as a result of non-compliance.

The course initially provides an introduction to the development of national and international environmental law, and basic issues and principles. It also deals with the main national, regional and international instruments and their inter-relationship.

Later topics provide an overview of the oil and gas and energy industries, including the impacts of these industries on the environment, marine pollution, and environmental impacts of the decommissioning of offshore installations. They highlight the regulatory instruments available to address issues of environmental damage at international, national and industry level.

Final topics deal with the environmental impacts from nuclear energy, and issues concerning climate change within the context of international and national regulation.

Objectives

  • Discuss the complex environmental concerns that are associated with the energy and natural resources industries
  • Explain the main rights and obligations relating to the environment, which companies and government departments have to comply with
  • Discuss the relationship between international, national and corporate instruments pertaining to the environment in the context of the oil and gas and energy industries

How you study

Lectures, Group discussions and Tutorials

Course Works – 60%
Written Examination – 40%
Total – 100%

Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of this course, students would be able to:

1. Appraise the complex environmental concerns that are associated with the energy and natural resources industries

2. Implement compliance by companies and government departments of the main rights and obligations relating to the environment

3. Evaluate the relationship between international, national and corporate instruments pertaining to the environment in the context of the oil and gas and energy industries

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