The Future of Pipelines: A Rocky Road for New Projects?

September 30, 2020 12:00 pm — 1:30 pm
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New oil and gas pipeline construction is especially controversial as environmental and indigenous groups warn of hazardous leaks and spills, increased reliance on fossil fuels, and infringing upon indigenous land and sovereignty. Recent simultaneous setbacks to three multibillion-dollar pipeline projects including the Dakota Access Pipeline, Keystone XL Pipeline, and Atlantic Coast Pipeline may reflect shifting legal, economic, and policy pressures facing new pipeline construction projects. Some of the emerging challenges facing new construction projects include the increasing cost of litigation, states aligning their permitting authorities and climate mitigation goals, as well as concerns of environmental justice.

Despite these budding challenges, from 2010-2019 oil production in the United States more than doubled, while gas production increased nearly 60%. Presently, more than 9,000 miles of oil and gas pipelines are under construction with an additional 12,500 miles pending approval for construction.

Will the oil and gas industry continue to pursue new pipeline constructions or are these setbacks signaling a sea change? Will smaller pipeline projects face challenges similar to those of larger, multibillion-dollar projects? How will these setbacks to new projects affect existing oil and gas pipelines? Join the Environmental Law Institute and leading experts to explore these questions and dive into the future of oil and gas pipelines.

Kamilah L. Jones
, Associate, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP, Moderator
Jan Hasselman, Staff Attorney, Earthjustice
Thomas C. Jensen, Partner, Perkins Coie LLP
Alexandra Klass, Distinguished McKnight University Professor, University of Minnesota Law School

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