Regulating Offshore Energy: Europe as a Model for Regulation

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Type: Journal Article
Year of publication: 2019
Date published: 11/2019
Authors: Alyssa Wright
Journal title: North Carolina Journal of International Law
Pages: 69-110

Although the regime for managing oceans and offshore energy development are complex internationally and within the United States, some regulatory structures have proven to be both successful and adaptable in a changing energy landscape. The European Union provides a useful model for regional collaboration and marine planning, a model that could be adapted to the United States to ensure sustainable marine management as more offshore lands are opened to energy development. Many of the structures that would encourage this development have already begun to form within the United States, enabling the exact kinds of management embraced by the European model.

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