Energy and Environment
The Gulf of Mexico oil spill disaster involving Britain's BP has direct implications for the environment and economy of at least four U.S. states and could have a lasting impact on U.S. offshore drilling policy. It marks the latest instance of an industrial disaster pitting companies from one country against citizens and governments of another. History has shown that in addition to health, environmental, and economic damage, such events can lead to lengthy legal challenges and initiate new global regulations. This slideshow provides a chronology of ten major instances in which multinational corporations were involved in industrial incidents, and their legal and regulatory aftermath.