Analysis: Iraqi legal regime protects environment

Oil companies entering Iraq will encounter a surprisingly robust landscape of environmental legislation.
A large oil spillage in southern Iraq during the American-led invasion of the country, March 2003. (TOM STODDART/Getty Images)

While the past several years have seen little progress from Iraq’s Council of Representatives on legislation to govern the oil sector, there has been significant headway in developing the environmental law and regulations relevant to oil and gas providers.

Iraq has quickly created a robust environmental jurisprudence that rivals several of its GCC neighbors.

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