Environmental and Energy 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


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Conference Co-Chairs

Stephen G. Ellison
Managing Counsel, Global Health, Safety and Environmental Law
ConocoPhillips Company
Houston, Texas

Margaret Anne Hill
Blank Rome LLP
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Kirsten L. Nathanson
Crowell & Moring LLP
Washington, D.C.


Note: Early registration pricing is available through April 22, 2020.
  • $575 - Regular Registration Fee (Regular Price: $625)
  • $460 - IEL Advisory Board Member (Regular Price: $510)
  • $460 - IEL Young Energy Professional (YEP) Member (Regular Price: $510)
  • $460 - IEL Supporting or Sustaining Member Employee (Regular Price: $510)
  • $460 - CAIL Member or Member Employee (Regular Price: $510)
  • $125 - Full-time Professor (Regular Price: $125)
  • $75 - Law Student (Regular Price: $75)

Schedule and Faculty

Wednesday, May 13

7:45 am


8:30 am

Welcome, Overview and Introductions

8:45 am

Keynote Presentation – EPA at 50 in 2020

US Environmental Protection Agency General Counsel Matt Leopold will provide keynote remarks and take questions on the key environmental legal and regulatory issues facing EPA and the regulated energy industry today, as the agency approaches its 50th anniversary and the industry continues to evolve with new and emerging technologies and associated regulatory issues.

  • Matthew Z. Leopold, General Counsel, United States Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, D.C.

9:30 am

Regulation – State Style

This session features leading state regulators from key energy states in a panel discussing upcoming trends in environmental regulation and enforcement, developments in the federal-state agency relationship, and their visions for the future of energy and the environment.

Moderator: Timothy A. Wilkins, Bracewell LLP, Austin, Texas


  • Denise Brinley, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Governor’s Office of Energy, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  • Sandra Ely, Director Environmental Protection Division, New Mexico Environment Department, Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Ryan Sitton, Commissioner, Railroad Commission of Texas, Austin, Texas

10:30 am


11:00 am

Regulatory Roulette: The State of Play Under the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and Other Major Environmental Statutes

This session will provide an overview of several major ongoing Clean Air Act regulatory initiatives, including the Affordable Clean Energy rule, recent changes to the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, and New Source Review reform, as well as address noteworthy recent developments under the Clean Water Act, NEPA, and other environmental statutes. The presenter will also discuss potential future regulatory developments under a continuation of the current Administration, as well as what might be expected should there be a change in Administration.

  • Amanda Shafer Berman, Crowell & Moring LLP, Washington, D.C.

11:30 am

Environmental Issues Related to Transportation and Export

  • Stephen C. Hanemann, Kean Miller LLP, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Curtis Stambaugh, Assistant General Counsel, Energy Transfer, Harrisburg Pennsylvania

12:15 pm


1:00 pm

Aerial Monitoring of Methane Emissions

This session will discuss combining satellite, aircraft, UAVs and continuous monitoring to detect and quantify methane emissions.

  • Stephen Conley, PhD, President & CEO, Scientific Aviation, Boulder, Colorado

1:30 pm


1:45 pm

Environmental Litigation – Trends and Coming Threats

The trends and risks in environmental litigation continue to evolve, with the plaintiffs’ bar attempting new theories and seeking ever larger penalties. This presentation will review the most recent litigation activity and what it may predict for future waves of suits.

Moderator: Margaret Anne Hill, Blank Rome LLP, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


  • Robert Bell, General Counsel, Intercontinental Terminals Company, LLC, Houston, Texas
  • Additional Panelists Invited

2:45 pm

The Climate Change Outlook for Energy in 2020

This session will cover recent developments in both federal and state climate change initiatives affecting the oil and gas industry. The session will discuss a wide range of actions, from cap and trade programs, to litigation, legislation and regulation. Climate change initiatives are expected to gain momentum and creativity as all sectors of the economy consider and address the local, regional and global effects of greenhouse gas emissions. The session will address legal, practical and policy considerations.

  • Jean M. Mosites, Babst, Calland, Clements and Zomnir, P.C., Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

3:15 pm


3:30 pm

PFAS and the Forever Chemicals – Why They Matter in the Energy Industry

In this moment, every legal conference covering environmental issues includes a presentation on PFAS, emerging contaminants, and/or “forever chemicals.”  Regulatory uncertainty and litigation risk abound, but what is the real relevance of this issue to the energy industry?  This panel discussion, which includes voices from state regulatory and industry policy and technical perspectives, will answer this question and provide a focused analysis of the issues that energy industry counsel need to consider in the strategic management of legacy and future liabilities.

  • Rula Deeb, Ph.D., BCEEM, PMP, Senior Principal, Geosyntec Consultants, Oakland, California
  • Patricia Reyes, Director, Interstate Technology Regulatory Council, Washington, D.C.
  • Timothy Steffek, Policy and Science Advisor, American Petroleum Institute, Washington, D.C.

4:30 pm

Environmental Issues for Midstream Project Development

Over the last decade, environmental and other permitting arguments by opponents to new midstream natural gas infrastructure projects have grown more numerous, varied, and sophisticated, sometimes causing significant delay and uncertainty.  This panel will survey some of the key challenges recently faced by natural gas infrastructure developers as they have sought authorizations from permitting agencies.

  • Matthew Eggerding, Assistant General Counsel, Equitrans Midstream Corporation, Canonsburg, Pennsylvania
  • William S. Lavarco, Senior FERC Counsel, NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, Washington, D.C.
  • Brett A. Snyder, Blank Rome LLP, Washington, D.C.

5:15-6:15 pm

Networking Reception

Thursday, May 14

8:25 am


8:30 am

In-House Environmental, Health and Safety Perspectives: “What Keeps Us Up at Night in 2020?”

In an expanded reprise of this popular panel, come hear leading EH&S in-house counsel offer their perspectives on the evolving regulatory landscape and the challenges it poses.

Moderator: John R. Jacus, Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP, Denver, Colorado


  • Amy Lincoln, Supervising Counsel, Environmental & Safety Law, Chevron, San Ramon, California
  • Dennis Alan Lindsey II, Senior Legal Counsel, Hess Corporation, Houston, Texas
  • Lance S. Tolson, Senior Legal Counsel – P&T Global Safety and Environment, Shell Oil Company, Houston, Texas

9:45 am

Effectively Responding to a Catastrophic Environmental Event

With renewed public attention on catastrophic events in the downstream industry, including natural disasters, how companies respond to incidents is more important than ever before. This session will address the environmental implications of disaster response, including chemical release reporting requirements, the interplay of regulatory investigations and insurance coverage, and environmental duties of a company’s incident response team.

  • Lauren Brogdon, Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP, Houston, Texas

10:30 am


10:45 am

ESG Considerations for Oil & Gas Companies

Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) issues are top of mind in the Boards and C-suites of energy companies. This presentation will discuss recent trends in ESG including metric development, board involvement, public disclosure, shareholder resolution response, government investigations, and government and private party litigation.

  • J. Scott Janoe, Baker Botts L.L.P., Houston, Texas

11:30 pm

The Ethics of Listening: How Becoming Better Listeners Makes Us Better Lawyers (and Clients)

This talk will explore the importance of listening, and how having better listening skills can improve our communications with clients, business partners, outside counsel, and co-workers, both practically and ethically speaking. It will cover topics that arise under ABA Model Rule 1.2, Scope of Representation (Texas Disciplinary Rule 1.02); Model Rule 1.4, Communications (Texas Rule 1.03); and Rule 2.1, Advisor (Texas Rule 2.01), among others.

  • Allison S. Miller, Beck Redden LLP, Houston, Texas

12:15 pm


Sponsorship Opportunities

Breakfast Sponsor (Only 1 Allowed) - $3,250

  • 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 email and web announcements
  • Company/firm logo Prominently Displayed in the Conference Brochure and Final Program
  • Recognition on the Conference website
  • Recognition at the Breakfast
  • 3 Complimentary Registrants at the Conference
  • An opportunity to display company/firm materials at the event or at the conference

Hosted Luncheon - $2,750 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 email and web announcements
  • Company/firm logo Prominently Displayed in the Conference Brochure and Final Program
  • Recognition on the Conference Website
  • Recognition at the Luncheon
  • 2 complimentary Registrants at the Conference
  • An opportunity to display company/firm materials at the conference

Networking Reception - $2,500 each
(Reception on May 13, 2020)

  • Recognition in the conference brochures, which will be mailed and/or emailed to several thousand interested counsel and business leaders and will reach many thousands more through email and 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 Registrants at the Conference
  • 2 Complimentary Guests at the Reception
  • An opportunity to display company/firm materials at the conference

Exhibitor (Non-law Firms only) - $1,750 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 Lilly Hogarth, Sponsorship Coordinator at lhogarth@cailaw.org or +1 972 244 3424.

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