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10th Annual Tulane Environmental Conference to Focus on Law, Science and the Public Interest, April 1 & 2

February 23, 2005

Topics ranging from the LNG terminal controversy to Asian environmental threats to the politics of energy are just a few of the programs scheduled at this year’s Tulane Environmental Conference on April 1st and 2nd at Tulane University Law School.

Two keynote addresses are scheduled. Anthony Oposa, the lawyer best known for bringing the case of Oposa v. Factoran, which established standing to sue in environmental cases for future unborn generations will speak on “Environmental Threats from Man and Nature in Southeast Asia” at 6:00 p.m. on April 1st. London Times journalist and New York Times best selling author Greg Palast will discuss “The Politics of Energy” at 5:30 p.m. on April 2.

The conference, now in its tenth year, is expected to draw 200-300 participants and will focus on a range of critical environmental issues, including:
• The Ethics of Mass Torts
• Atchafalaya Basin Update
• LNG Development in the Gulf
• Endocrine Disrupters
• Louisiana Aquaculture Issues
• Gulf Conservation Strategies
• Development & the Alabama Beach Mouse
• Mercury Regulation: Winds of Change
• Louisiana Hurricanes: A Worst Case Scenario
• Environmental Emergency Planning
• Shintech, Round Three

A panel of local reporters will join Bob Thomas, Professor of Communications at Loyola University for a special session at 12:30 on April 2 entitled, “How the Media Covers the Environment.”

The conference is sponsored by the Tulane Environmental Law Society and the Tulane Institute for Environmental Law and Policy in conjunction with the Alliance for Affordable Energy, Audubon Nature Institute, City of New Orleans Mayor’s Office of Environmental Affairs, Gulf Restoration Network, and Loyola New Orleans Law School.

“This is an opportunity for the community to come up to speed on the issues and controversies facing Louisiana and the Gulf Coast. Look for fireworks on mercury contamination, LNG processing, and hurricane evacuation issues, among other things,” said Eric Dannenmaier, Institute Director.

The program offers 13 hours of CLE credit.  For a schedule of events and to register for the conference visit web.law.tulane.edu/enlaw or call the Tulane Institute for Environmental Law at 504-862-8827 or email: enlaw@law.tulane.edu .


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