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Gulf Oil Spill Legacy: VT Law School Experts Available to Comment

April 19, 2011

SOUTH ROYALTON, VT -- Vermont Law School has several faculty experts available to comment on the legal and regulatory legacy of the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico a year after the largest oil spill in U.S. history.Image of oil spill

Scientists are still assessing the blowout's ecological damage in the wake of the April 20, 2010, spill, which dumped nearly five million barrels of oil and nearly two million gallons of dispersants into the gulf. Drilling in the gulf was temporarily suspended and the U.S. Justice Department is considering penalties against BP, but the company is seeking permission to resume drilling and Congress is considering opening new offshore areas to oil and gas exploration. President Obama has called for both stricter offshore safety rules and increased domestic oil production.

VLS experts include:

Associate Professor Betsy Baker, law of the sea, oceans and energy: 802-831-1270,
Associate Professor Martha Judy, environmental liability, natural resources damages and wildlife: 802-831-1345,
Professor Michael Dworkin, director of the VLS Institute for Energy and the Environment, 802-831-1319,
Professor Mark Latham, Clean Water Act, corporations, environmental enforcement and regulation, 802-831-1226,

CONTACT: John Cramer, Associate Director of Media Relations
Office: 802.831.1106, cell: 540.798.7099,

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