5th Law of Shale Plays Conference

- in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Omni Hotel
530 William Penn Place

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15219

Past Event

Credits:11.5 hours MCLE Credit available

Overview

Presented by the Institute for Energy Law and the Energy and Mineral Law Foundation (EMLF)

Program highlights will include:

  • Hosted Luncheon Featuring a Conversation with Rudy Giuliani
  • Responding to Anti-Development Voices
  • Hot Issues in Leasing
  • Challenging “Sue and Settle” Restrictions on Resource Development
  • Environmental, Regulatory and Litigation Updates
  • Shale Development and Energy Independence

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Conference Co-Chairs 

Barclay Nicholson
Norton Rose Fulbright
Houston, Texas

Kevin Cunningham
Cabot Oil & Gas
Houston, Texas

Russell Schetroma
Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
Meadville, Pennsylvania

Keynote Speaker

Kenneth B. Medlock, Fellow in Energy and Resource Economics and Senior Director, Center for Energy Studies, Rice University

Schedule and Faculty

Wednesday, September 3

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Welcome Reception
(Lawrence Welk Room, Omni Hotel)

Hosted by the IEL Young Energy Professionals Practice Committee and the IEL Oil & Gas Practice Committee

Thursday, September 4

8:00 am


Registration

9:00 am


Welcome, Overview and Introductions

CONFERENCE CO-CHAIRS

  • Kevin Cunningham, Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation, Houston, Texas
  • Barclay Nicholson, Norton Rose Fulbright, Houston, Texas
  • Russell Schetroma, Steptoe & Johnson PLLC, Meadville, Pennsylvania

9:10 am


Responding to Anti-Development Voices

The shale boom has transformed America’s future in many different ways, but the practicalities of production of hydrocarbons from shale encounter opposition from NGOs, the public, and government at local and, in some cases, state level. Is this just a matter of poor industry PR? Are there genuine concerns which industry is not addressing properly? Our speaker will explore how industry should respond to an evolving anti-development sentiment.

Mark K. Boling, President – VP Development Solutions, General Counsel & Secretary, Southwestern Energy Company, Houston, Texas

10:00 am


Energy Independence – Putting Shale Development into Context

Our speaker will present a forward-looking energy economic analysis, putting shale development into context as part of a much larger economic picture for the US and the world.

A. Marc Passy, Leading Strategy Analyst, Statoil North America, Inc., Houston, Texas

10:45 am


Break

11:00 am


This Year’s Hot Issues in Leasing

Shale leases continue to develop as the experience of lessors, lessees and landmen grows. Our panel will discuss the currently most contentious and difficult issues in leases.

Moderator

Barclay Nicholson, Norton Rose Fulbright, Houston, Texas

Panelists
  • Kevin Colosimo, Burleson LLP, Canonsburg, Pennsylvania
  • Tim Miller, Robinson & McElwee PLLC, Charleston, West Virginia
  • Barry Osborne, Range Resources, Fort Worth, Texas
  • William G. Williams, Krugliak Wilkins Griffths & Dougherty Co. L.P.A., Canton, Ohio

12:00 pm


Lunch Address - North American Shale & Emerging Fundamentals in Global Oil and Gas Markets

Kenneth B. Medlock III, James A. Baker III and Susan G. Baker fellow in Energy and Resources Economics, and Senior Director, Center for Energy Studies, James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, Rice University, Houston, Texas

1:30 pm


Environmental Update

This session will cover the most recent developments in the application of state and federal environmental laws to onshore oil and gas production, including EPA action, and the increasing concerns about water use.

Jason Hutt, Bracewell & Giuliani LLP, Washington, D.C.

2:30 pm


Challenging "Sue and Settle" Restrictions on Resource Development

In a series of decisions in the Western District of Pennsylvania and the Third Circuit,, Minard Run Oil Co. and the Pennsylvania Independent Oil and Gas Association (“PIOGA”) demonstrated industry’s ability to challenge “sue and settle” agreements in which federal agencies may unduly accommodate plaintiffs who oppose development, and to challenge NEPA and other regulatory delays. Using the Minard Oil litigation as a case study, our speaker will demonstrate the importance of prompt industry intervention in ENGO suits, the circumstances in which “sue and settle” agreements can be challenged, and how you can get a preliminary injunction, and even  permanent relief, allowing development to proceed.

  • R. Timothy McCrum, Crowell & Moring LLP, Washington, DC
  • Craig L. Mayer, Vice President, Government Affairs, Pennsylvania General Energy Company L.L.C., Secretary, PIOGA, Warren, Pennsylvania 

3:15 pm


Break

3:30 pm


General Counsel Panel

This panel of senior industry lawyers will address the concerns of general counsel in operating and developing shale plays.

Moderator

Barclay Nicholson, Norton Rose Fulbright, Houston, Texas

Panelists
  • John Ale, Vice President and General Counsel, Southwestern Energy Company, Houston, Texas
  • Dennis Cameron, WPX Energy Inc., Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Kevin Cunningham, Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation, Houston, Texas
  • Will Marsh, Vice President and General Counsel, Baker Hughes Incorporated, Houston, Texas

4:45 pm


Networking Reception

Hosted by the Institute for Energy Law and The Energy and Mineral Law Foundation

Friday, September 5

9:00 am


Regulatory Update Panel

Moderator

Keith Hall, LSU Law Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Panelists
  • John R. Jacus, Davis, Graham, & Stubbs LLP, Denver, Colorado
  • Janet L. McQuaid, Norton Rose Fulbright, Canonsburg, Pennsylvania
  • Lowell M. Rothschild, Bracewell & Giuliani LLP, Washington, D.C.
  • Dan Wolff, Crowell & Moring LLP, Washington, D.C.

9:45 am


Litigation Update Panel

This panel presentation will discuss the latest litigation impacting shale plays throughout the United States. What are the emerging litigation risks associated with shale plays?

Moderator

Jeff King, Winstead PC, Fort Worth, Texas

Panelists
  • Mark Christiansen, McAfee & Taft, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • David Fine, K & L Gates, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  • W. Henry Lawrence, Steptoe & Johnson PLLC, Bridgeport, West Virginia
  • Jesse R. Pierce, Pierce & O'Neill, LLP, Houston, Texas
  • Roy Powell, Jones Day, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

10:45 am


Break

11:00 am


Commercial and Regulatory Issues in Shipper Contracts for Oil and Gas Transportation on New Infrastructure

  • Issues that arise in negotiating service agreements for new pipeline projects in the midst of the current increase in infrastructure development
  • The priorities of shippers contrasted with those of pipeline owners
  • Shipper incentives in transportation agreements, and the limits of such incentives under the Natural Gas Act and Interstate Commerce Act
  • Other regulatory issues that arise from and intersect with the commercial issues in pipeline development, including with respect to shipper transportation agreements
  • Issues specific to pipeline development and transportation service agreements for projects built to serve LNG export facilities

George D. Fatula, Bracewell & Giuliani LLP, Washington, D.C.

12:00 pm


Hosted Luncheon

A Conversation with Rudy Giuliani - Shale Development and Energy Security

- Featuring Rudy Giuliani in conversation with Scott Segal 

1:30 pm


Ethics Session, Dealing with Parties Who Own Different Interests in the Same Land and Minerals

Our speaker will discuss the ethical issues such as conflicts of interest, privilege, joint defense and others arising for a lawyer dealing with various parties (such as lessors, lessees, joint interest owners, operators, royalty owners, etc.) who own different interests in the same land and minerals.

Michael Calhoon, Baker Botts L.L.P., Washington, D.C. 

2:30 pm


Adjourn 

CLE Credits

MCLE Credit

For this conference, IEL as registrar for the conference will directly apply for course accreditation in the following states: Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia. Some of these states may not approve a program for credit hours before the program occurs. Attorneys may be eligible to receive CLE credit through reciprocity or attorney self-submission in other states. IEL conferences are typically accredited by all mandatory CLE states.

This program is approved by the State Bar of Texas for 11.5 hours, including 1 hour of ethics. Course ID Number: 901297378. Credit hours for other states will vary and are subject to each state’s approval and credit rounding rules.

AAPL Credit

This program has been accredited for 12 RPL continuing education credit(s), and 12 CPL recertification credit(s), which includes 0 CPL/ESA and/or 1 Ethics credit(s), for a total of 12 credit(s). (Number of credits accredited or claimed for 100% participation in this educational program)

This program is approved by the State Bar of Texas for 11.5 hours, including 1 hour of ethics. Course ID Number: 90128xxxx. Credit hours for other states will vary and are subject to each state’s approval and credit rounding rules.

Hotel Information

The cost of housing is not included in tuition. However, rooms (in limited number) have been reserved at the Omni William Penn Hotel, 530 William Penn Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15219. Registrants should visit omnihotels.com or call 1.800.843.6664 and advise that they are attending the "Shale Plays Law Conference" to receive a reduced rate of $139 + tax. The last day to obtain this special rate is August 11, 2014.

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Sponsorship Opportunities

Networking Luncheon - $2,500 each

  • Recognition in the Conference brochure, which will be mailed and/or emailed to several thousand interested counsel and business leaders and will reach many thousands more through web announcements.
  • Company/firm logo prominently displayed in the Conference brochure and final program.
  • Recognition on the Conference website
  • Recognition at the Luncheon
  • 1 complimentary registrant at the Conference
  • Up to 2 complimentary guests for the luncheon
  • Seats for you and your guests at a designated sponsors’ table
  • An opportunity to display company/firm materials at the event or at the conference.

Hosted Luncheon - $2,500 each

  • Recognition in the Conference brochure, which will be mailed and/or emailed to several thousand interested counsel and business leaders and will reach many thousands more through web announcements.
  • Company/firm logo prominently displayed in the Conference brochure and final program.
  • Recognition on the Conference website
  • Recognition at the Luncheon
  • 1 complimentary registrant at the Conference
  • Up to 2 complimentary guests for the luncheon
  • (Space permitting), a seat at the luncheon head table
  • Seats for you and your guests at a designated sponsors’ table
  • An opportunity to display company/firm materials at the event or at the conference.

Networking Reception - $2,000 each

  • Recognition in the Conference brochure, which will be mailed and/or emailed to several thousand interested counsel and business leaders and will reach many thousands more through web announcements.
  • Company/firm logo prominently displayed in the Conference brochure and final program.
  • Recognition on the Conference website
  • Recognition at the Reception
  • 1 complimentary registrant at the Conference
  • An opportunity to display company/firm materials at the event or at the conference.

Welcome Reception
(Hosted by the IEL Young Energy Professionals & the Oil & Gas Practice Committee)

  • Recognition in the Conference brochure, which will be mailed and/or emailed to several thousand interested counsel and business leaders and will reach many thousands more through web announcements.
  • Company/firm logo prominently displayed in the Conference brochure and final program.
  • Recognition on the Conference website
  • Recognition at the Reception
  • 1 complimentary registrant at the Conference
  • An opportunity to display company/firm materials at the event or at the conference. 

Exhibitor (Non-law firms) - $1,500 each

  • Space to display company/firm materials at the conference.
  • Name/logo on Conference website with link to company page.

Other Information

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The Center for American and International Law does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran status or any other protected status in educational activities, scholarship programs or admissions.

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