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What Can We Learn From Offshore Drilling Disaster?

NRDC attorney to talk about lessons to be gained from Gulf of Mexico oil spill

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May 21, 2010 | by Wendy Leopold

EVANSTON, Ill. --- National Resource Defense Council senior attorney Ann Alexander will discuss the environmental risks of offshore drilling and the lessons we can learn from the recent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in a free, public presentation Tuesday, May 25, at Northwestern University.

Titled "Avoidable Tragedy: Learning from the Gulf Oil Spill Disaster," the event takes place from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Arch Room in Norris University Center, 1999 Campus Drive, Evanston campus.

Alexander will discuss the need for a comprehensive new energy policy based on safer, greener energy options. Environmental scientists predict that the current oil spill spreading throughout the Gulf of Mexico may rank among the country's worst environmental disasters.

Alexander also will respond to the following questions: How did BP circumvent proper safety procedures? What regulations have been put in place by the Environmental Protection Agency to prevent future oil spills? Are such regulations effective?

The event is co-sponsored by Northwestern's Environmental Policy and Culture Program in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences and the Chicago Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility. For more information, call (847) 491-7980 or visit http://www.wcas.northwestern.edu/epc/.