Natural Gas & Pipeline Issues (ELI Master Class)

April 4, 2019 1:00 pm — 4:15 pm
Washington, DC (and webinar)

An ELI 50th Anniversary Master Class

Stakeholder concerns, energy requirements, multifaceted policy, and infrastructure are just a handful of the numerous and diverse topics that arise when discussing natural gas. This 50th Anniversary Master Class addressed the legal and technical issues involved with natural gas pipeline expansion projects. Case studies from Mid-Atlantic states and beyond provided examples of real world application. Our panelists provided an in-depth exploration of the obstacles and opportunities surrounding natural gas and pipeline expansion projects during this Master Class.

Panel 1: Legal Perspectives will explore the regulatory aspects and challenges associated with natural gas and pipeline expansion projects, including the state regulatory process, permitting, public utility commissions and the project approval process, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) process, local land use and approvals, public relations challenges and opportunities, and navigating stakeholder concerns. Additionally, expert panelists will discuss the regulatory requirements for siting pipelines for liquefied natural gas (LNG).

Monique Watson, Of Counsel, Steptoe & Johnson LLP, Moderator
Carolyn Clarkin, Legal Advisor, Office of Commissioner Bernard L. McNamee, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)
Joseph Fagan, Partner, Day Pitney LLP
Kirstin Gibbs, Partner, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Panel 2: Technical Components will focus on the technical challenges of natural gas and pipeline expansion projects. Panelists will discuss resiliency solutions related to coordination with intermittent energy sources and the issues related to providing bridge fuels like LNG, CNG, and RNG as temporary energy solutions to serve market needs while pipelines are being permitted, sited, and constructed.

James M. McElfish, Jr., Senior Attorney; Director, Sustainable Use of Land Program, Environmental Law Institute, Moderator
Joan Fontaine, PE, Senior Vice President, Sanborn Head
Michael Nicoloro, PE, Senior Vice President, Sanborn Head

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In-person CLE Attendees:

  • We will have a sign-in and sign-out sheet for you to initial and fill out with time total time of attendance for the Natural Gas & Pipeline Issues Master Class.
  • We will provide you with your CLE information at the end of the Natural Gas & Pipeline Issues Master Class.

Webinar CLE Attendees (you must have selected CLE info when you registered):

  • When watching the webinar you will need to have the webinar at the forefront of your computer screen as GoTo webinar software will be tracking attentiveness and creating an attentiveness report.
  • You will need to be watching the webinar for a majority of the time to receive CLE Credit.
  • We will email you the CLE information and certification within one week of the event.