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Energy Law For Non-Energy Attorneys: The Regulatory Framework of Domestic Energy Production


March 25, 2014


Teleconference/Audio Webcast

Information on the Series: Energy Law For Non-Energy Attorneys

This three-part series was designed to introduce non-energy attorneys to energy law by looking at the legal and regulatory framework and issues in domestic energy production, energy distribution, and energy consumption.

The energy market continues to evolve, and this evolution brings with it business opportunities and risks. But energy growth and environmental impacts are increasingly intertwined through complicated federal and state regulations. To practice in today's world and to take advantage of new opportunities in the energy sector, environmental, real estate, corporate, non-profit, and other lawyers need to understand energy or at least be able to identify energy issues. This series, a collaborative effort between the American Law Institute CLE (ALI CLE) and the Environmental Law Institute (ELI), allowed audience members to do just that.

The series was composed of The Regulatory Framework of Domestic Energy Production (March 25), Getting Energy to Market (April 8), and Electricity Consumption (April 22).

The Regulatory Framework of Domestic Energy Production

Participation in this 90-minute primer yielded an understanding of the infrastructure and regulatory framework of energy in the US. The session focused on the federal regulations at play in oil and gas exploration and production, pipeline regulation, and electricity generation. The session also examined how natural resources are affected during domestic energy production and transportation via pipelines. State analogues to the federal laws at play were also touched upon.

  • What federal regulations are at play in oil and gas exploration and production?
  • How are pipelines regulated?
  • Which federal agencies regulate electricity generation?
  • What are the natural resource implications of domestic energy production?

Heather Corken Palmer, Partner, Bracewell & Giuliani LLP, Houston (Chair & moderator)
Emily Sanford Fisher, Associate General Counsel, Energy & Environment,  Edison Electric Institute
Kirstin E. Gibbs, Partner, Bracewell & Giuliani LLP
Noah Long, Legal Director, Western Energy Project, Energy & Transportation Program; and Clean Energy Counsel, Land & Wildlife Program, Natural Resources Defense Council
Kate Sinding, Senior Attorney and Deputy Director, Urban Program, Natural Resources Defense Council

To purchase access to the archived version of this session, please go HERE.