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Ensure your contact information is printed in the 2015 Membership Directory and to continue receiving your membership benefits by renewing your Energy Bar Association (EBA) membership online with a credit card or by mail with a check prior to January 30, 2015. For instructions on how to renew online, visit our website at: http://www.eba-net.org/networking/faq
While renewing your dues, please consider making a donation to the Charitable Foundation of EBA and the Foundation of the Energy Law Journal. Visit their individual pages to receive more information on the Charitable Foundation of the EBA and the Foundation of the Energy Law Journal.
Upcoming Federal Oil Pipeline Regulation Primer
The Energy Bar Association will present a primer on oil pipeline federal regulations next Monday and Tuesday (January 26-27, 2015) in Houston, Texas. The primer will provide an overview of the federal economic regulation of oil and refined products pipelines. Industry practitioners and regulators will instruct the course, including:
- Derek Anderson, an Attorney Advisor with FERC’s Office of General Counsel focusing on oil pipeline matters
- Glenn Benson, a partner at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, has over two decades of experience advising oil pipelines, producers, refiners and marketers on a wide variety of federal and state regulatory matters
- Michelle Boudreaux, a partner at Caldwell Boudreaux Lefler PLLC, represents clients in federal and state law governing the transportation of energy commodities by pipeline
- Shannon Colemand, a Senior Attorney for Colonial Pipeline Company, counsels the Shipper Relations and Scheduling groups on FERC compliance matters.
- Adrianne Cook, a Senior Energy Industry Analyst with FERC’s Division of Pipeline Regulation in the Office of Energy Market Regulation, primary focus is on oil and natural gas matters.
Nominations Deadline Approaching
The deadline to submit nominations is February 6, 2015 for Officer and Director positions on the Energy Bar Association’s Board of Directors and Directors for the affiliated Foundation of the Energy Law Journal (FELJ) and Charitable Foundation of the Energy Bar Association (CFEBA).
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Supreme Court appears split over FERC's regulatory reach
Environment & Energy Publishing
Major natural gas producers argued to the Supreme Court today that a federal law shields them from state antitrust lawsuits stemming from the California energy crisis. ONEOK Inc. v. Learjet Inc. concerns whether the Natural Gas Act pre-empts local antitrust lawsuits filed against natural gas producers for price manipulation. The case may determine the scope of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's jurisdiction over regulating wholesale natural gas prices and markets.
Obama pushes new methane limits for gas drilling, industry says 'energy renaissance' at risk
The Obama administration pushed new regulations Wednesday aimed at cutting methane emissions from the natural gas sector, calling the proposed rules a needed step to address global warming as industry groups warned the move would threaten "America's energy renaissance." Relying once again on the Clean Air Act, the rules — the first of their kind — join a host of others that President Obama has ordered in an effort to slow global warming despite opposition in Congress that has only hardened since the midterm elections.
EPA proposes expanded oversight of uranium mining
Environment & Energy Publishing
U.S. EPA is proposing new water protection and monitoring regulations for a controversial form of uranium mining, according to a copy obtained by Greenwire.
Administrator Gina McCarthy signed the proposed rule Dec. 31, and the agency is scheduled to make it public in the near future. The proposal comes under EPA's effort to address concerns surrounding in-situ recovery uranium extraction sites. In-situ recovery, also known as in-situ leach, involves injecting fluids underground to free uranium deposits, which are then pumped out. It is now, where geologically possible, the preferred method for uranium mining.
California strives to take lead in overseeing fracking
Ventura County Star via Shale Plays Media
Final regulations are now in place to establish what will become the most comprehensive state oversight of hydraulic fracturing in the nation, but two key parts of California’s landmark 2013 law remain unfinished. The regulations were certified by the Office of Administrative Law on New Year’s Eve, beating the law’s Jan. 1 deadline by hours. But an independent scientific study on the safety of the oil-drilling practice and an environmental impact report that will identify issues well-operators must address before receiving a permit are still being developed. The draft EIR and the first volume of a three-part scientific study are expected to be released this month, possibly by the end of this week.
Meet the Judges Series: Trial Practice with Judge Philip Baten
Have important questions about FERC trial practice, but reluctant to ask? This is your opportunity! The FERC Practice and Administrative Law Judges Committee of the Energy Bar Association would like to invite you to join them on January 22, 2015 at 12:30pm ET for lunch and discussion with Judge Philip Baten to hear his candid responses to your questions.
Energy Law Education Summit
The Energy Bar Association’s Ad Hoc Committee on Energy Law Education will present its work-in-progress on energy law curricula and, particularly through our workshop session, seek input on how energy law should be taught and integrated into curricula within and outside of law schools at the 1st annual National Energy Education Summit on January 26 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City, Arlington VA. The Summit, which is sponsored by the Council of Energy Research and Education Leaders (CEREL), will precede the 15th National Conference and Global Forum on Science, Policy and the Environment, sponsored by the National Council for Science and Environment on January 27-29, which this year is focused on Energy and Climate Change.
EBA Primer Series: An Introduction to Federal Oil Pipeline Regulation
EBA will hold its fourth program in the EBA Primer Series…An Introduction to Federal Oil Pipeline Regulation in Houston, TX on January 26-27, 2015. The goal of this primer is to provide an overview of the federal economic regulation of oil and refined products pipelines. Taught by industry practitioners and regulators from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the course begins with a brief overview of the oil and refined products pipeline industry and then describes key statutes and regulations governing and affecting the transportation of oil and other liquid petroleum products. Instructors explain important legal and regulatory concepts and requirements, pipeline services, the scope and limits of FERC and state jurisdiction and key issues affecting the industry. For more information and to register visit: http://www.eba-net.org/eba-primer-series-introduction-oil-pipeline
Networking Reception in Houston
On January 26, 2015, please join the EBA Houston Chapter for a networking reception immediately following the EBA Primer Oil program. All are welcome and you do not need to attend the Primer to attend the reception.
Emerging Energy Issues: How 2014 Issues Will Shape 2015
The EBA Southern Chapter will host a Welcome Reception at The Oceanaire Seafood Room in Atlanta, GA on Monday, February 2, 2015, prior to the full day Seminar on Tuesday, February 3, 2015. Panels will discuss Internal Investigations of Employee Misconduct: Ethical Considerations; Moving Coal-Fired Generation Into Rate Base; EPA- 111(d) (Carbon Pollution Standards); Gas/Power Interdependency; Solar/net Metering Legislation in the South. CLE is currently pending in GA and VA. For the full program schedule and to register visit: http://www.eba-net.org/eba-southern-chapter-cle-program.
My Best and Worst Experiences Facing the Appeals Court Judges: Lessons from Real World Experiences
Join the EBA Judicial Review Committee on February 5, 2015 for this entertaining panel discussion with four well-known energy law practitioners, who, given their clients, will have varying perspectives on this issue.
Overview of Air Regulations and Actions Affecting O&G Development in the Rocky Mountain Region
Join the Rocky Mountain Chapter for a TELESEMINAR addressing an Air Regulations and Actions Affecting O&G Development on February 11th, at 12pm (MT). Scott Janoe and Michael Schon, of Baker Botts’s will provide an overview of federal and state air regulations as well as air quality attainment issues, regulations affecting flaring, and environmental enforcement activities. The session will last approximately 35 minutes with ample time for questions and answers at the conclusion. CLE is Pending approval.
Energy Enforcers and Defenders Forum
The Energy Bar Association Compliance & Enforcement Committee and George Washington University Law School will hold an Energy Enforcers and Defenders Forum on March 3, 2015. This special event is designed for CFTC, DOT, FERC, and NERC staff and private practitioners.
Energy Law 2015 — New Energy Markets and Regulation in the West
The 14th Annual EBA Western Chapter Meeting will be held at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Hotel, in San Francisco, CA on March 5-6, 2015.
Hot topics include: Energy Imbalance Market; State Efforts to Implement EPA Rule 111(d) and Grid Security: Are We Prepared? Make your hotel reservations now and lock in the special $279 rate until February 6, 2015 using the following booking link: https://aws.passkey.com/event/11919223/owner/2586/home.
January 22 — Meet the Judges Series: Trial Practice with Judge Philip Baten
January 26-27 — EBA Primer: Introduction to Oil Pipeline
January 26 — Networking Reception in Houston
January 26 — Energy Law Education Summit
February 2 — Emerging Energy Issues: How 2014 Issues Will Shape 2015
February 3 — EBA Southern Chapter Program
February 5 — My Best and Worst Experiences Facing the Appeals Court Judges: Lessons from Real World Experiences
February 11 — Rocky Mountain Chapter Teleseminar
March 3 — Energy Enforcers and Defenders Forum
March 5-6 — Fourteenth Annual Western Chapter Meeting
May 5-6 — 2015 EBA Annual Meeting & Conference
A full calendar of events can be found here.
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