5th Midstream Oil & Gas Law Conference

in Houston, Texas, USA

Norris Conference Center – Houston CityCentre
816 Town & Country Blvd, Suite 210
Houston, Texas 77024

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Credits:MCLE Credit will be available

Overview

After a one-year hiatus, the Institute for Energy Law’s Midstream Oil & Gas Law Conference returns with an outstanding program and faculty. Planned by Julie Pradel (Phillips 66), Scott J. Arrington (Locke Lord LLP) and Kurt L. Krieger (Steptoe & Johnson PLLC), the conference features an outstanding mix of experienced midstream in-house and law firm practitioners addressing the legal issues affecting the midstream industry.

Conference Co-Chairs

Scott J. Arrington
Locke Lord LLP
Houston, Texas

Kurt L. Krieger
Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
Charleston, West Virginia

Julie Pradel
Managing Counsel, Midstream/NGL/Transportation
Phillips 66
Houston, Texas

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Highlights

  • Transporting Oil and Gas: U.S. Infrastructure Challenges in the 21st Century
  • Litigation Perils and Pitfalls Concerning Midstream Contracts
  • Mariner East: NGL Transportation Challenges in the North-East
  • Midstream Market Update
  • Effectively Responding to a Significant Incident in the Midstream Industry
  • Service Provider Priorities in Midstream Contracts
  • The Latest on FERC’s Income Tax Allowance Policy for MLPs
  • Refined Product Imports and Infrastructure Development in Mexico
  • Texas Midstream Regulatory Update for Liquids Pipelines
  • Ethical Risks of Representing a Joint Venture or its Individual Members and How to Avoid Them

Tuition

  • $385 - Regular Registration Fee
  • $335 - IEL Advisory Board Member
  • $335 - IEL Supporting or Sustaining Member Employee
  • $335 - CAIL Member or Member Employee
  • $335 - IEL Young Energy Professional (YEP) Member
  • $335 - Government Employee
  • $100 - Law Student / Full-time Professor

Schedule and Faculty

7:45 am


Registration

8:30 am


Welcome and Introduction to the Conference

Conference Co-Chairs

  • Scott J. Arrington, Locke Lord LLP, Houston, Texas
  • Julie Pradel, Managing Counsel, Midstream/NGL/Transportation, Phillips 66, Houston, Texas
  • Kurt L. Krieger, Steptoe & Johnson PLLC, Charleston, West Virginia

8:45 am


Midstream Market Update

  • David B. Lerman, FTI Consulting, Houston, Texas
  • Douglas A. Duke, FTI Consulting, Houston, Texas

9:15 am


Mariner East: NGL Transportation challenges in the North-East

The uptick in energy infrastructure projects in the basin has seen a concurrent uptick in opposition by several key environmental groups. This session will look at the strategy and tactics employed by those opposition groups to infrastructure projects and the underlying ideology behind the opposition.

  • Curtis N. Stambaugh, Assistant General Counsel, Sunoco Pipeline, An Energy Transfer Partnership, Harrisburg, PA

10:00 am


Break

10:15 am


Litigation Perils and Pitfalls Concerning Midstream Contracts

This presentation will focus on litigation issues and concerns that arise from various contracts involving midstream assets, including construction contracts and operating agreements.

  • Bradley L. DeLuca, Johnson DeLuca Kurisky & Gould, PC, Houston, Texas
  • Chris Verducci, Locke Lord LLP, Houston, Texas

11:00 am


Service Provider Priorities in Midstream Contracts

Drafting terms and conditions in service agreements from the midstream provider’s perspective, including issues and examples for gathering, processing and transportation of gas, liquids, and water.

  • James Johnston, Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, Crestwood Equity Partners LP, Houston, Texas

11:45 am


Hosted Luncheon

12:30 pm


Transporting Oil and Gas: U.S. Infrastructure Challenges in the 21st Century

As the United States energy sector attempts to expand oil and gas transportation infrastructure to accommodate new energy production across the country, law, policy, and politics have created challenging hurdles in recent years. These include (1) calls for FERC to more fully evaluate upstream and downstream GHG emissions from new projects; (2) efforts by states to block projects through new laws limiting eminent domain authority for oil pipelines as well as relying on federal environmental laws such as the Clean Water Act to block natural gas infrastructure projects; and (3) new alliances between environmental groups and landowners opposing a range of fossil fuel infrastructure projects. This presentation will explore some of the laws, policies, and history that has led to these challenges and ways the industry might attempt to address them.

  • Alexandra Klass, Distinguished McKnight University Professor, University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, Minnesota

1:00 pm


Break

1:15 pm


Effectively Responding to a Significant Incident in the Midstream Industry

Incidents happen. How you respond to them can make all the difference. This session will address crisis response, investigations, and liability management.

  • Alisa Chunephisal, Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP, Washington, D.C.
  • Brett J. Young, Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP, Houston, Texas

2:00 pm


The Latest on FERC’s Income Tax Allowance Policy for MLPs

FERC is grappling with its MLP Income Tax Allowance policy following the DC Circuit Court’s 2016 remand. This session will provide an overview of the issues in the debate as well as insight into how FERC’s policy may be changing.

  • Matthew P. O’Loughlin, The Brattle Group, Boston, Massachusetts

2:45 pm


Break

3:00 pm


Texas Midstream Regulatory Update for Liquids Pipelines

This presentation will focus on recent developments at the Railroad Commission of Texas (TRRC) pertaining to liquids pipelines, including jurisdictional issues, ratemaking matters, and TRRC decisions and proceedings.

  • Michelle T. Boudreaux, Caldwell Boudreaux Lefler PLLC, Houston, Texas

3:45 pm


Refined Product Imports and Infrastructure Development in Mexico

While the PEMEX bidding process to award oil blocks and the awards to build natural gas pipelines in Mexico have received the most attention from foreign investors, some of the best opportunities arising out of Mexico’s energy reforms are in storage, transportation and distribution of fuels in Mexico. This session will discuss these opportunities and key legal and commercial issues to consider when developing a project.

  • William Parish, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, Houston, Texas
  • Gabriel Salinas, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, Avant Energy, Houston, Texas

4:30 pm


The Ethical Risks of Representing a Joint Venture or its Individual Members and How to Avoid Them

The interaction, sharing of information, and potential for disputes between a joint venture and its individual members creates numerous complicated ethical issues for in-house and outside counsel, including conflicts of interest, confidentiality, loyalty, disqualification and duties to disclose. This session will address these issues and provide guidance to attorneys regarding the creation, operation, and dissolution of a joint venture.

  • Geoff Gannaway, Beck Redden LLP, Houston, Texas

5:30 pm


Adjourn

CLE Credit

This program is approved by the State Bar of Texas for a total of 6.75 hours, including 1 hour of ethics. Course ID Number: 928013362. Credit hours for other states will vary and are subject to each state’s approval and credit rounding rules.

For this conference, IEL will directly apply (if requested) for course accreditation in the following states: California, Minnesota, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas and 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.

Overnight Accommodations

The cost of housing is not included in tuition. However, rooms (in limited number) have been reserved at the Hotel Sorella CityCentre (800 Sorella Court, Houston, TX 77024). Registrants should call 1.855.596.3397 and advise that they are attending the “Institute for Energy Law” to receive a reduced rate of $169 + tax/night for a standard king room. The last day to obtain this special rate is November 17, 2017.

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Sponsorship Opportunities

Gold Sponsor - $2,500 each

  • Recognition in the Conference brochure, which will be mailed to thousands of interested counsel and business leaders and will reach many thousands more through electronic promotions.
  • Company/firm logo prominently displayed in the Conference brochure and final program. • Recognition on the Conference website
  • Recognition at the Luncheon • 3 complimentary registrants at the Conference
  • An opportunity to display company/firm materials at the event or at the conference.

Silver Sponsor - $1,750 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 registrants at the Conference • An opportunity to display company/firm materials at the event or at the conference.

Exhibitor (Non-law Firms only) - $1,500 each

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

For more information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Licia Maria (Lilly) Hogarth, Project Manager at lhogarth@cailaw.org or +1.972.244.3224.

Other Information

Press Policy

All IEL conferences are held under the Chatham House Rule. Participants, including journalists, are free to use any information received, but comments may not be attributed to any speaker identifi ed by name or affiliation.

Nondiscriminatory Policy

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.

Registrar: +1.972.244.3404
IEL: +1.972.244.3421
Fax: +1.972.244.3401
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