Natural Resources and Energy Law




The Appalachian School of Law is pleased to present the Governor's Second Biennial Natural Resources and Energy Law Symposium on Monday, September 21st, 2015 at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center in Abingdon, VA. Governor McAuliffe will present the keynote address. 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, fracking, 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. Please join us for what promises to be a lively and informative program.

Topics: Speakers/Moderators:
Panel Discussions:  
1. The Clean Air Act: Implications for the Energy
Patrick R. Baker - Moderator
    Director, Natural Resources Law Center and
    Associate Professor of Law: Appalachian School of Law
Description:  This panel will focus on existing and potential EPA air regulations and the effect that these regulations will have on existing and future carbon-generation sources. Industry leaders, 1. Charles R. Patton
    President and COO
    Appalachian Power
environmentalist, government officials and academics will discuss the effect of these regulations on the coal and natural gas industry, utility suppliers, and communities. This panel will also discuss policy drivers behind these 2. Robert M. "Mike" Duncan
    President and CEO
    American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity
EPA regulations and the possible benefits and offsets faced by consumers and communities. Additionally, the panel will discuss the interplay between the cost of EPA air regulations on existing 3. Evan Feinman
    Deputy Secretary of Natural Resources
    Commonwealth of Virginia
and any proposed coal fired power plants and the rise of natural gas. Finally, the panel will examine the role of the EPA and President Obama's Climate Action Plan. 4. Environmental Community
    Representative TBA

2. Fracking Benny Wampler - Moderator
  1. Carl Michael Smith
    Executive Director
    Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission
  2. Paul Hartman
    Regional Director of State Affairs
    America's Natural Gas Alliance
  3. Dr. Robert W. Chase
    Professor and Chair Emeritus
    Department of Petroleum Engineering and Geology
    Marietta College
  4. Environmental Community
    Representative TBA
Keynote Address Governor Terry McAuliff
   72nd Governor of Virginia
3. Natural Gas Pipelines Kurt L. Krieger - Moderator
    Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
Description: Natural gas is now being produced and consumed in the United States at record levels. As horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing enable producers to reach heretofore untapped reserves, gas has become a major source domestic energy. 1. Judy K. Dunscomb
    Senior Conservation Scientist
    The Nature Conservancy
Utilities are building new and converting old power plants, all to be fueled by gas. To transport this increasingly large volume of gas to power plants serving the East Coast markets there are numerous 2. Connie Brennan
     Board of Supervisors
     Nelson County, Virginia
proposals to construct new interstate natural gas pipelines. This panel will discuss the issues presented by the proposed construction of such pipelines. Representatives from industry, the 3. Industry Representative
environmental community, academia and government will share their perspective on these projects, which could have a major impact on America's ability to become energy independent. 4. Environmental Community
    Representative TBA

4. Renewables: The Full Array of Energy
Opportunities in Appalachia
Caleb Adam Jaffe - Moderator
    Director, Virginia Office
    Southern Environmental Law Center
1. Tyson Utt
     Director of Development, Mid-Atlantic
     Apex Clean Energy
2. B. Hayes Framme
     Advisor for Infrastructure and Development
     Secretary of Trade and Commerce
     Commonwealth of Virginia
3. Carol Wampler
    Project Manager
    CICV Solar Market Pathways
4. Solar Industry Representative


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