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Media Advisory

Ocean Shipping in the Great Lakes:

Economic Boon or Environmental Bane?

 

FOR RELEASE:        Monday, November 21, 2005

 

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WHAT:            Expert Consultation on the Value of the Ocean Shipping in the Great Lakes

The press and the public are invited to participate as a panel of independent transportation experts from across the U.S. will debate and discuss controversial new results from a major study funded by the Joyce Foundation.

 

WHO:              Study authors Dr. John Taylor (Associate Professor, Seidman College of Business, Grand Valley State University) and Mr. James Roach (President, JL Roach, Inc.).

 

WHEN:            Wednesday, November 30th, 2005, 1 pm to 5 pm

 

WHERE:          Shedd Aquarium, Phelps Auditorium, 1200 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago

Enter the South Group Entrance.

 

WHY:              Ocean shipping has been targeted as a possible means by which invasive species enter the Great Lakes through the discharge of untreated ballast water.  The Taylor and Roche study attempts to quantify the economic benefits of ocean shipping compared to alternate modes of transportation.  Their report -- “Ocean Shipping in the Great Lakes:  Transportation Cost Increases That Would Result From a Cessation of Ocean Vessel Shipping” – estimates a cost increase to industry of approximately $55 million.  The study also compares the benefits from ocean shipping to the wide range of estimates of the costs of invasive species in the Great Lakes.  As policy makers make decisions about how to regulate ballast water discharges from ocean vessels, an independent assessment of the study findings will help make sure that decisions are based on the latest peer-reviewed research.

 

 

Jennifer Nalbone

Campaign Director, Great Lakes United

(716) 213-0408; web: www.glu.org

 

Great Lakes United staff represented by UAW Local 55

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