The Exxon Valdez oil spill ranks among the costliest and most devastating environmental disasters in human history. The BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010 has sparked a reexamination among legal scholars of the Exxon Valdez incident to find lessons for a more positive outcome for residents on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico.
Environmental lawyer Dan Vazquez will discuss the future of the gulf coast and how residents of at least five states must respond to the oil that remains in the Gulf of Mexico. Dan will share his insight into what residents affected by the the spill can expect from local and national leaders, and how environmental activists can take a pro-active approach to help the region continue moving toward recovery
Dan Vazquez practices environmental law, toxic torts, land use, environmental justice, and permitting. Dan serves on the University of Florida College of Law Center for Governmental Responsibility Oil Spill Working Group. Dan is also a member of the Suwannee-St. Johns Sierra Club Executive Committee.
The May meeting is on on Thursday, May 5, 2010, at 7:30 pm. The meeting is in room 3118 of the Entomology/Nematology Building on the UF campus.