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February 27, 2013

  Risk Management, Insurance and Claims 
  • Experts: Recent fines spur greater interest in pollution coverage
    More companies are seeking supplemental pollution coverage in response to record environmental fines levied against drillers and shale-gas producers, experts say. As much as 70% of upstream oil and gas firms are purchasing the insurance, compared with about 10% two years ago, Jeffrey Hanneman of Aon Risk Solutions estimates. "Deepwater Horizon and a host of other environmental lawsuits have resulted in civil fines being levied, and that has been a big driver in insurance. So their exposure is much greater than they initially realized in environmental losses," Hanneman said. RiskAndInsurance.com (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • P/C insurers should help address climate change, groups say
    Environmental groups and some state regulators are urging the property and casualty insurance industry to push for initiatives to lessen the impact of climate change. The sector "is in a unique position to influence society in reducing risks," said Cynthia McHale of Ceres. Catastrophe losses "have become unsustainable," said Julie Rochman of the Insurance Institute for Businesses and Home Safety. "Way too many people are suffering irreparable damage ... way too many people are losing their lives. We have to do something." Stateline.org (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Heavy industry in China will face pollution-insurance mandate
    Industries that generate pollution will be required to take part in a pilot insurance program, Chinese officials said last week. Chemical companies, mining and smelting operations, and leather-goods manufacturers are among the companies that must take part in the program. The effort is intended to reduce pollution and ensure compensation is available for pollution-related accidents. Reuters (2/21), Xinhuanet.com (China) (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Laws and Regulations 
  • Rules would tighten EU safety requirements for offshore drilling
    Oil and gas companies seeking offshore-drilling licenses in the EU would be required under proposed rules to submit emergency plans and major-hazard reports, and undergo reviews of environmental-protection measures. Preliminary agreement on the rules, prompted in part by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon incident in the Gulf of Mexico, must be formally approved by the European Parliament and EU nations before it can go into effect. Oil & Gas Journal (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Risk & Insurance names 48 Aon Power Brokers; Aon dominates in the Environmental category
    The esteemed Risk & Insurance Power Broker designation is given out annually, and this year, Aon showed a prominent presence with 48 brokers and consultants being named as winners. Only six were given the honor in the Environmental category, and of these, four were Aon employees. Winners were chosen based on their proven exceptional value to clients and recent accomplishments. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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