Judith Locke

Date of Defense



Political Science


This study will describe and analyze the impact of politics on the issue of oil pollution from tankers. But because the political issues are a consequence of the biological and technical factors, these too must be explored. Thus the paper will put the issue in some perspective by giving a brief overview of the problem and by examining the condition of the ocean environment. It will then proceed to describe and analyze the following: 1) the biological effects of oil upon marine life; 2) problems associated with oil supertankers; 3) the political issues involved; 4) some relevant international conferences and treaties which have taken place; and 5) recent pollution control devices being developed for monitoring and cleaning up oil pollution from tankers.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Campus Only