Energy Law

3rd Midstream Oil & Gas Law Conference

Houston, Texas, USA

Past Event

MCLE Credit will be available

JW Marriott Houston Hotel
5150 Westheimer Road
Houston, Texas 77056

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


Program Highlights

  • LNG & NGL Export Issues
  • A keynote address by Chairman Christi Craddick of the Railroad Commission of Texas
  • Environmental Challenges for Midstream
  • Offshore Midstream Gas Development
  • And much more!

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Conference Co-Chairs

Mark R. Haskell
Morgan Lewis & Bockius
Houston, Texas

Susan Miller
Senior Counsel
Marathon Oil Company
Houston, Texas

Michael P. Pearson
Jackson Walker L.L.P.
Houston, Texas


  • $435 / $495 - Regular registration fee
  • $345 / $395 - IEL Advisory Board Member
  • $345 / $395 - IEL Supporting or Sustaining Member Employee
  • $345 / $395 - CAIL Member or Member Employee
  • $345 / $395 - Government Employee
  • $125 / $125 - Students/Full-time Professors
  • $145 - Materials Only

Schedule and Faculty

8:00 am


8:30 am

Welcome and Introduction to the Conference

Conference Co-Chairs

  • Mark R. Haskell, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, Washington, D.C.
  • Susan Miller, Senior Counsel, Marathon Oil Corporation,Houston, Texas
  • Michael P. Pearson, Jackson Walker L.L.P., Houston, Texas

8:45 am

Environmental Challenges in Midstream Infrastructure Development: What Is The Proper Scope of Review for Midstream Projects Under NEPA?

Drawing on their experience with recently proposed energy infrastructure projects, the Panelists will discuss whether the National Environmental Policy Act requires agencies that are evaluating the environmental impacts of midstream projects to consider climate change or other environmental impacts from the incremental upstream production that might result from the midstream project. 


  • John Martin, Crowell & Moring, Washington, D.C.
  • Jocelyn D’Ambrosio, Senior Associate Attorney, Earthjustice Northeast Office, New York, New York

9:30 am

Financing Midstream Development: A Discussion of Alternative Structures for Non-MLP Public Offerings for Midstream Companies

The MLP has been the traditional vehicle for public offerings of domestic midstream oil and gas companies. However, it is not the only alternative, and the real estate investment trust (REIT) and Up-C structure both can be utilized for public midstream businesses. Further, the REIT and Up-C present interesting advantages for certain types of investors and opportunities for growth that the MLP does not.

Elizabeth L. McGinley, 
Bracewell & Giuliani LLP, New York, New York 

10:00 am


10:15 am

LNG and NGL Exports: Commercial and Regulatory Issues

What are the primary hurdles facing LNG export projects at FERC and DOE? How can secure and stable long term commercial arrangements be structured in a volatile national and international environment? These are two of the main topics to be addressed by this panel. 

Mark R. Haskell, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, Washington, D.C.


  • John Decker, Vinson & Elkins LLP, Washington, D.C.
  • Richard Smead, Managing Director, Advisory Services, RBN Energy LLC, Houston, Texas
  • Lisa M. Tonery, Norton Rose Fulbright, New York, NY

11:00 am

Transporting Crude Oil and Liquid Hydrocarbons by Rail and Truck: A Primer on the Regulatory Issues

Federal and Texas state regulations apply to the transportation of crude oil and other liquid hydrocarbons that are classified as hazardous materials. The failure to observe these requirements can result in penalties, and in some cases, cease and desist enforcement action. Ms. Jordan will provide an overview of applicable requirements, including record-keeping, driver qualification, shipping paper preparation, and vehicle placarding.

Arcie I. Jordan, 
Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP, Austin, Texas 

11:30 am

The Enterprise/ETC. Verdict in Dallas: You May Be Married and Not Know It

A review of the facts, circumstances, and law that led a jury to find that Enterprise Product Partners and Energy Transfer Partners had formed a partnership notwithstanding the absence of a written partnership agreement.  And a discussion of "best practices" in drafting letters of intent and other "preliminary" documents.

Stephen B. Crain, Bracewell & Giuliani LLP, Houston, Texas

12:15 pm

Hosted Luncheon

Chairman Christi Craddick,
 Railroad Commission of Texas, Austin, Texas 

1:45 pm

Federal and State Midstream Regulatory Issue Update

Our panel will discuss federal and state regulatory developments affecting the midstream industry. The state regulatory discussions will focus on developments in Texas, Ohio, and North Dakota. 

Amy L. Baird, Jackson Walker L.L.P. Houston, Texas


  • W. Jonathan Airey, Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, Columbus, Ohio
  • John K. Arnold, Winstead PC, Houston, Texas
  • Kathie Edwards, Edwards & Floom, Alexandra. Virgina
  • John W. Morrison, Crowley Fleck, Bismarck, North Dakota
  • Albert S. Tabor, Jr., Caldwell Boudreaux Lefler PLLC, Houston, Texas

3:15 pm


3:30 pm

Lawyers as Ethical Business Partners

A discussion focusing on whether transactional lawyers have an ethical duty to monitor client conduct in connection with or after transaction documents have been executed to ensure that there is no conduct in violation of any law or in breach of contract that will subject the client to injury or liability.

Susan Miller, Senior Counsel, Marathon Oil Corporation, Houston, Texas

4:15 pm

Current Regulatory Developments Affecting Offshore Midstream Natural Gas Pipelines

A discussion of BSEE and BOEM regulation of Gulf of Mexico midstream natural gas pipelines including obtaining, maintaining, and assigning rights-of-way (ROWs) and rights of use and easement (RUEs), general and supplemental bonding issues, decommissioning ROW pipelines and platforms, and day-to-day issues such as dealing with incidents of non-compliance (INCs).

  • Collette Gordon, Liskow & Lewis, Houston, Texas
  • Jana Grauberger, Liskow & Lewis, Houston, Texas

5:00 pm


CLE Credits

MCLE Credit

This program is approved by the State Bar of Texas for 6.25 hours, including .75 hour of ethics. Course ID Number: 901304190. 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.

Sponsorship Opportunities

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
  • An opportunity to display company/firm materials

Canvas Bag - $2,500 each

  • Name/Logo on one side of canvas bag
  • 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.
  • An opportunity to display company/firm materials

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

  • 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 or +1.972.244.3224.

Hotel Information

The cost of housing is not included in tuition. However, rooms (in limited number) have been reserved at the JW Marriott Hotel, 5150 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX 77056. Registrants should call 1.800.228.9290 and advise them they are attending the "Midstream Conference" to receive a reduced room rate of $219 + occupancy tax. The last day to obtain this special rate is November 19, 2014.


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