Ocean View, Peter Van Tuyn JD/MSEL'89

​​​​VLS alum Peter Van Tuyn JD/MSEL'89, Managing Partner at Bessenyey & Van Tuyn, LLC in Anchorage, Alaska, dives into the legal and policy issues related to protecting oceans and marine ecosystems.​​​

Peter Van Tuyn​​ represents environmental groups that challenge oil drilling in America’s Arctic waters. He cites risks to people and the environment from drilling and possible subsequent oil spills, and notes that burning Arctic oil would produce more greenhouse gases. But “as President Obama acknowledged in his State of the Union address, we must be sensitive to communities that have grown to almost exclusively rely on the oil industry as the basis for their economies, and we should help them transform to a more sustainable future,” Van Tuyn says. “We have opportunities in Alaska and on the North Slope to ease this transition, and we should speed things up in this regard.”


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