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Draft Environmental Assessment Released On Controversial Pipeline Project in Puerto Rico

November 30, 2011

SOUTH ROYALTON, VT -- Vermont Law School has experts available to discuss the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' release today of its draft environmental assessment for the permit application for the controversial Via Verde natural gas pipeline project in Puerto Rico.

Image of Puerto Rico tree frogThe Corps announced Tuesday that the document is available for a 30-day public comment period beginning today, after which the Corps will finalize the document and determine future actions.

Journalists must notify the Corps' Nancy Sticht via e-mail (Nancy.J.Sticht@usace.army.mil) by noon today to participate in a media roundtable on Thursday, Dec. 1, at 10 a.m. EST. Members of the media can call in to the roundtable by dialing 888.622.5357 and entering participant code 286290. Read the Corps' news release.

Vermont Law School's Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic (ENRLC) has filed a notice of intent to sue the Corps based on numerous violations of the Endangered Species Act and other federal laws. The ENRLC is serving as co-counsel for a coalition of community and conservation groups. Read the VLS news release.

Available to talk to the media are:
• Professor Pat Parenteau: 802.831.1305, pparenteau@vermontlaw.edu
• Associate Professor Teresa Clemmer, acting director of the ENRLC: 802.831.1136, tclemmer@vermontlaw.edu

CONTACT: John Cramer, Associate Director of Media Relations, Vermont Law School
Office: 802.831.1106, cell: 540.798.7099, home: 802.649.2235, jcramer@vermontlaw.edu

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