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June 7, 2017

Great Lakes Crude Oil Transport Webinars Open to the Public on June 8 and 9

OSWEGO COUNTY - Crude oil travels through the Great Lakes Basin by rail, truck, and barge. On Thursday, June 8 at 1 p.m. and Friday, June 9 at 8 a.m., the public can listen in by webinar as the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network, Great Lakes Commission, International Joint Commission, and Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative host a symposium on crude oil transport. Webinar information is available online at http://blog.uvm.edu/eschuett/sample-page/symposium/.

The Crude Move Symposium in Cleveland, Ohio is the first-of-its-kind crude oil movement meeting for the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin and northern watersheds including Lake Champlain and the Hudson River.

Planning for the two-day event on oil transportation infrastructure, economics, risks, hazards, emergency response, and lessons learned for Great Lakes audiences was co-led by New York Sea Grant Associate Director Katherine Bunting-Howarth, and Great Lakes Commission Senior Program Specialist Michèle Leduc-Lapierre.

"If you have ever wanted to better understand how crude oil moves by rail, pipeline, highway and water, or wondered about the risks involved, these webinars provide the opportunity to hear from experts on these topics as well as lessons learned from the Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico and spills in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River region," said Bunting-Howarth.

Those attending the Crude Move Symposium will include representatives of the U.S. and Canadian governments, science organizations, industry, academics, and non-government stakeholders.

For more information about the Crude Move Symposium, contact Katherine Bunting-Howarth at kathybh@cornell.edu or Michèle Leduc-Lapierre at michelel@glc.org.

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