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Oil and Gas and Floods


This symposium article has three goals. First, it seeks to draw attention to the pressing risks that natural disasters pose to energy infrastructure. It focuses on one type of natural disaster flooding and one variety of energy infrastructure-oil and natural gas. Natural disasters do not, however, discriminate and also pose broad risks to energy systems of all stripes. Second, the article seeks to provide examples of existing federal and state legal regimes that address to some extent the dangers floods pose to the oil and gas industry. As we shall see, the regulatory regimes I address are sparse and hardly comprehensive. Third and finally, the article seeks to provide preliminary thoughts about the reasons that regulation of oil and gas development in flood-prone locales has historically favored development.