The Appalachian School of Law is honored to be hosting the Governor's Second Biennial Natural Resources and Energy Law Symposium. We are grateful to Governor McAuliffe for his endorsement of the conference and to the Symposium Task Force members and their hard work on planning and staffing this event. Governor McAuliffe will present the Keynote Address.
The Symposium will be held on Monday, September 21, 2015 at The Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center in Abingdon, Virginia, with a reception on Sunday evening, September 20, at the Martha Washington Inn in Abingdon. In an atmosphere of rational debate and civil discourse, representatives from industry, the environmental community, academia and government will discuss their views on topics affecting "Energy Independence in America - The Full Array of Energy Opportunities in Appalachia." The topics to be discussed are the planned interstate natural gas pipelines, hydraulic fracturing, Clean Air Act implications on the energy industry, and the role of renewables. We hope that the exercise of presenting, listening and debating by all sides will lead to the discovery of some common ground and the development of some shared goals.
For ASL students, we see this conference as a unique educational opportunity. For our presenters from industry, the environmental community, government and academia, we see this as an opportunity for them to present their disparate views to a wide audience for the purpose of public education and debate. For attendees, we hope the conference offers new insights into some of the issues affecting energy independence in America and the various energy related opportunities in Appalachia, and that it provides useful information beneficial in their practice or profession.
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