EBA Insights
May. 14, 2014

Teleconference option just added to the EBA Natural Gas Primer, Register Now
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This “MUST ATTEND” program is targeted for those seeking a greater understanding of FERC regulation of Natural Gas, and a great into for those unfamiliar with the subject matter. Primer topics to be covered during the program include: What is Natural Gas? Historical Perspective and Industry Overview; Legal Overview: Key Statutes; Key regulatory concepts; Pipeline Services; Scope and Limits of FERC’s Jurisdiction; Natural Gas Act Section 3: Imports and Exports; Natural Gas Act Section 7: Constructing and Abandoning Pipelines; Natural Gas Act Sections 4 & 5: Setting Rates and Terms and Conditions of Service; Cost of Service Ratemaking; Key Rate Case Issues; Emerging Rate Case Issues; Enforcement Issues and a Roundtable Wrap Up.

Registration includes: The two-day primer, attendee handouts, breakfast, lunch and breaks; CLE credits and the special event reception on Monday night. The Mid-West Chapter of EBA Networking Reception, will be held 5:30 - 7:00 pm at “The 51” 77 West Wacker, Chicago, IL (located at the top of the building where the primer will be held). Our outstanding faculty include: Susan Olenchuk, Van Ness Feldman, LLP; John McCaffrey, Stinson Leonard Street; Katie Liberty, Office of General Counsel, FERC; Michael Pincus, Van Ness Feldman, LLP; Michael Goldenberg, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Jonathan Lesser, Continental Economics, Inc.; and EBA President Jason Leif, Jones Day.

The goal of this primer is to provide an overview of the federal regulation of the natural gas industry by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Taught by industry practitioners and regulators from FERC, the course begins with a brief overview of the natural gas industry, including the production, gathering, transportation, distribution, and storage of natural gas. The course describes key statutes governing and affecting the interstate transportation of natural gas and discusses key legal milestones. Instructors explain important regulatory concepts, pipeline services, and the scope and limits of FERC jurisdiction. The class covers key sections of the NGA, including imports and exports under Section 3; construction and abandonment under section 7; ratemaking under sections 4 and 5; and enforcement issues. The Primer’s full outline and registration information is available at: http://eba-net.org/eba-gas-primer-introduction-ferc-regulation-natural-gas-industry. More

Energy Law Journal Author Discussion: Tuesday June 3rd
EBA
Energy Law Journal article, FERC Enforcement Reforms will be the subject of discussion during a live and teleconference program on Tuesday, June 3rd. Energy Law Journal authors, Bill Scherman, partner at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher and former General Counsel of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, along with co-authors Jason Fleischer and Brandon Johnson, will discuss their article which explains that the current FERC Enforcement process raises "serious fundamental due process and substantive concerns." The article provides a glimpse behind the non public curtain of the FERC enforcement process and related substantive considerations. Written by practitioners who have worked on many of the highest profile recent FERC enforcement matters, the article describes numerous flaws in the FERC Enforcement process including a lack of discovery rights and mechanisms to resolve discovery disputes, a "broken" 1b.19 process, substantive concerns about a lack of "fair notice" that expressly permitted activities may violate the Commission's anti-manipulation rule, and the application of Order 670.More

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