Delaware's Oil Pollution Liability Cap Lifted
June 6, 2013: Governor Markell signed HB 32 into law on Thursday, June 6, which lifts the 32-year financial liability cap for oil spills in Delaware.
This legislation updates and streamlines the State’s Oil Pollution Act by eliminating a monetary cap for liability for damages, and requires that a Certificate of Financial Responsibility (COFR) be issued by the U.S. Coast Guard, pursuant to the requirements of the Oil Pollution Act of 1990, 33 U.S.C. Section 2701et seq., and regulations promulgated thereunder, instead of the issuance of a COFR by the Secretary of the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control and therefore eliminating duplicative state and federal requirements.
We thank Represenatives Longhurst, Jacques and Kowalko, and Senators Poore and McBride, for their leadership in protecting Delawareans from oil spills by requiring the costs of cleanup to be accrued to polluters.