Your Vessel Just Discharged Oil in the Lone Star State. Have You Notified the Texas General Land Office?

June 2017

Pratt’s Energy Law Report

When a marine pollution incident occurs in the United States, a vessel owner may find itself communicating with a myriad of federal and state response agencies, depending upon the size of the spill. If such an event occurs in Texas state waters, however, then one of the most important authorities that you will likely deal with is the Texas General Land Office (“TGLO”).

This article provides a brief overview of the TGLO to reinforce why this particular agency will be a critical component to any owner’s “Texas” marine pollution spill response plan. Keep in mind that obligations under Texas state law are in addition to obligations to abide by federal marine casualty and pollution response statutes and regulations.

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“Your Vessel Just Discharged Oil in the Lone Star State. Have You Notified the Texas General Land Office?” by Jeremy A. Herschaft was published in the June 2017 edition of Pratt’s Energy Law Report (Vol. 17-6), an A.S. Pratt Publication, LexisNexis. Reprinted with permission.

This article was first published in the March 2017 edition of Mainbrace, Blank Rome’s quarterly maritime newsletter.