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Program Overview

The goal of this primer is to provide an overview of the federal regulation of the natural gas industry by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Taught by industry practitioners and regulators from FERC, the course begins with a brief overview of the natural gas industry, including the production, gathering, transportation, distribution, and storage of natural gas. The course describes key statutes governing and affecting the interstate transportation of natural gas and discusses key legal milestones. Instructors explain important regulatory concepts, pipeline services, and the scope and limits of FERC jurisdiction. The class covers key sections of the NGA, including imports and exports under Section 3; construction and abandonment under section 7; ratemaking under sections 4 and 5; and enforcement issues.


Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - Thursday, November 29, 2018
Polsinelli PC
900 W. 48th Place
Kansas City, MO 64112



About the EBA Primer Series:

LOGO_Primer_Logo_with_Hat_and_White_Tassle_resized_10.27.2016One of the goals of the Energy Bar Association’s Strategic Plan is to promote excellence in the practice of energy law by enhancing opportunities for educational programming.  To further this goal, EBA has established a “primer program,” focused on teaching core regulatory and legal concepts and basic industry fundamentals that every energy law practitioner must understand.  The overall goal of this course is to provide attorneys new to the oil and refined products pipeline industry a foundational understanding of the industry and how it is organized and regulated, so they are better equipped to assist clients in this industry.






12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Box Lunch and Networking Hour
1:00 pm - 1:10 pm  Welcome and Introduction:

Frank A. Caro, Shareholder | Practice Chair, Polsinelli

Matthew R. Rudolphi, President, Energy Bar Association, Shareholder, Duncan,
Weinberg, Genzer & Pembroke, P.C.

1:10 pm - 2:00 pm  What is Natural Gas?

Speaker: Janna Chesno, Cheniere Energy, Inc.

2:00 pm - 2:40 pm Pipeline Services
Scope and Limits of FERC Jurisdictions

Speaker: David D'Alessandro, Stinson Leonard Street LLP

2:40 pm - 3:00 pm  Networking Break
3:00 pm - 3:45 pm Regulation of Pipeline Safety/PHMSA

Speaker: Susan Olenchuk, Van Ness Feldman LLP

3:45 pm - 4:25 pm 

Natural Gas Act Section 3: Imports and Exports
Katie Liberty, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) OGC

4:25 pm - 5:20 pm  Natural Gas Act Section 7: Constructing and Abandoning Pipelines

Speaker: Michael Diamond, Van Ness Feldman LLP

5:20 pm - 5:35 pm Q & A
5:30 pm

Networking Reception  Sponsored By: 1200px-Polsinelli SLS_logo_horz_stack_2color_no.tint.RGB

7:00 pm Dinner on your Own

thursday, NOVEMBER 29, 2018

7:30 am - 8:00 am Continental Breakfast 


MODERATOR: Dan Frank, Eversheds Sutherland, Primer Dean Coordinator

8:00 am - 8:30 am Key Regulatory Concepts

Speaker: David D'Alessandro, Stinson Leonard Street LLP 

8:40 am - 10:05 am Natural Gas Act Sections 4 & 5: Setting Rates and Terms and Conditions of Service

Speaker: Michael Goldenberg, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) 

10:05 am - 10:25 am Morning Break
10:25 am - 11:25 am Cost of Service Ratemaking 

Speaker: Richard Smead, Managing Director, Advisory Services, RBN Energy LLC

11:25 am - 12:25 pm Key Rate Case Issues (DEPR, ROR, Cost Allocation for Expansions)
Emerging Rate Case Issues

Speaker: David D'Alessandro, Stinson Leonard Street LLP 

12:25 pm - 1:40 pm

Lunch, EBA Mid-West Chapter Update:

David D. Streicker, Shareholder, Polsinelli, EBA Mid-West Chapter President

1:40 pm - 2:40 pm Enforcement Issues
Jay Costan, Dentons
Robert Fleishman, Kirkland & Ellis LLP

2:40 pm - 3:10 pm Roundtable Re-Cap Discussion and Q&A



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Wednesday, November 28 - 5:30 PM

Polsinelli PC Boardroom
900 W. 48th Place, 9th Floor
Kansas City, MO 64112

Event Location

Polsinelli PC 
900 W. 48th Place
Kansas City, MO 64112

hotelHotel Information

EBA does not have a block for this meeting, however, if you need hotel accommodations, the following hotels are located near Polsinelli PC. Please contact the hotels directly for rates and availability.


The Fontaine- Closest location to Polsinelli PC.
               901 W. 48th Place 
               Kansas City, MO 64112 


The Intercontinental Hotel- Two blocks from Polsinelli PC with shuttle service available. 
               401 Ward Parkway 
               Kansas City, MO 64112 


Courtyard by Marriott- Furthest from Polsinelli, still within 4 blocks with shuttle service available.   
               4600 J.C. Nichols Parkway 
               Kansas City, MO 64112 



Parking Information

Parking Map 

Polsinelli will validate all parking for attendees. The law firm shares a parking garage with the hotel next door, please look at the parking map for more instructions. 

cleapprovedContinuing Legal Education (CLE) Credit

MCLE accreditation approval to be submitted for VA, NY, MO, CA.  For questions email Nferreira@eba-net.org

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feesRegistration Fees

Registration includes the two-day Primer, attendee handouts, lunch, breakfast, breaks, and reception.

Private/Attorney Member $350
Private/Energy Professional Member $350
Private/Young Attorney* Member $275
Gov't/Academic Member $300
Solo Practitioner/Small Firm Member $350
Student Member $100

 *Those who graduated from law school within last three (3) years, that is, on or after January 1, 2015.



Fax: your completed REGISTRATION FORM with payment to EBA: (202) 833-5596
Mail: your REGISTRATION FORM and payment to EBA, 2000 M St. NW, Suite 715, Washington, DC 20036


questions Information

For more information, please contact the Energy Bar office at (202) 223-5625 or by email at ADMIN@EBA-NET.ORG


 Cancellation Policy

Refunds will be given to registrants who submit written cancellation to the address shown on the registration form by 11/4/2018, less a $50 administrative fee. The cancellation policy also applies to registration forms that are received and accepted after the deadline date. No refunds will be given after 11/4/2018. (If cancellation is requested after deadline and accepted, there will be a $100 administrative fee). Substitutions are acceptable (non-members substituting for members will be charged the difference between member and nonmember fees). Please note that regardless of the date the cancellation notice is received, no refunds will be processed until after the program. 


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