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Natural Gas & Pipeline Issues (ELI Master Class)


April 4, 2019
1:00 pm - 4:15 pm


Environmental Law Institute
1730 M Street, NW, Suite 700 (Map)

Washington, DC (and webinar)


This event is open to the public but registration/payment is required (by March 28). Registration fees: ELI members $100/$75; non-members $150/$100.
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  • For in-person attendance (limited), REGISTER HERE.
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  • ELI is an accredited CLE provider for Pennsylvania; VT CLE has been approved, application for CA and VA CLE is pending. Pennsylvania has reciprocity with most other states; please check your Bar to determine reciprocity eligibility before requesting CLE on the registration form. CLE may also require online survey responses for webinar attendees.
  • Any cancellations after the registration deadline of March 28 will be subject to a $10 charge.
  • All times noted are Eastern Time. The webinar will begin at 1 PM Eastern, 12 noon Central, 11 AM Mountain, and 10 AM Pacific.
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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 will address the legal and technical issues involved with natural gas pipeline expansion projects. Case studies from Mid-Atlantic states and beyond will provide examples of real world application. Join ELI and leading experts representing industry, government, and private practice for 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, Senior Vice President, Sanborn Head
Michael Nicoloro, PE, Senior Vice President, Sanborn Head

Materials will be posted as they become available...

ELI members will have access to a recording of this session (usually posted w/in 48 hours). If you are not an ELI member but would like to have access to archived sessions like this one, go HERE to see the many benefits of membership and how to join.