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Offshore Drilling in Alaskan Arctic: VT Law Schools Experts Available to Comment

May 4, 2011

SOUTH ROYALTON, VT -- Vermont Law School has faculty experts available to comment on proposals for offshore oil drilling in the Alaskan Arctic, including Shell Oil's controversial request to the federal government this week to drill up to 10 exploratory wells over the next two years.

The environmentally fragile and remote region potentially holds 27 billion barrels of oil, but Shell's proposal has drawn increased scrutiny from government regulators, conservationists and others in the wake of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Associate Professor Betsy Baker, whose expertise includes Arctic law and policy, law of the sea, and oceans and energy, can be reached at 617.872.4403 (cell), 802.831.1270 (office),
Professor Patrick Parenteau, whose expertise includes ocean and coastal resources, climate change and endangered species, is available at 802.831.1305 (office),

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Office: 802.831.1106, cell: 540.798.7099,

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