Spills of National Significance and State Nullification - Ocean and Coastal Law Journal (University of Maine School of Law)

    8 September 2011

    In May 2010, at President Obama’s request, outgoing Coast Guard Commandant Thad Allen delayed his retirement and became National Incident Commander for the response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, serving until the conclusion of the emergency at the end of September 2010. From that experience, Admiral Allen observed what he called “social and political nullification” of the National Contingency Plan (NCP) arising from public hostility to the responsible party and demands of state and local political officials for more active roles in the response.

    Reprinted with permission from The Ocean and Coastal Law Journal (University of Maine School of Law).