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Today’s House Vote on Keystone Pipeline: VT Law School Experts Available to Comment

December 16, 2011

SOUTH ROYALTON, VT -- Vermont Law School has experts available to comment on the House's expected vote today to fast-track approval of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline proposal.

Professor Pat Parenteau, whose expertise includes climate change and environmental policy and litigation, can be reached at 802.831.1305 or

Professor John Echeverria, whose expertise includes climate change and land use regulation, can be reached at 802.831.1386 or

Professor Gus Speth, whose expertise includes climate change, can be reached at 802.831.1192 or

The House is expected to pass a bill today to extend the payroll tax cut and speed the approval process of the Keystone XL oil pipeline. The State Department has delayed a decision on the pipeline until 2013 to further study's its environmental impacts, and President Obama has said he will reject any effort to link the pipeline to extending the payroll tax cut.

The Keystone provision directs the president to grant a permit for the pipeline within 60 days, but not if he determines the pipeline "would not serve the national interest." He would then have 15 days to explain his decision to Congress, but the timeframe would require a decision by the spring if the bill passes before the end of the year.

CONTACT: John Cramer, Associate Director of Media Relations, Vermont Law School
Office: 802.831.1106, cell: 540.798.7099, home: 802.649.2235,

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