Energy Law Academy 108: An Introduction to Environmental Law


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Program Overview

This course will provide an overview of environmental law, principally at the federal level. The course begins with a brief overview of the purpose of environmental law and regulation, and the interplay of federal, state and local laws. Our faculty will then provide an overview of the key federal environmental laws and their impact on the energy industry. The laws addressed will include the major statutes (National Environmental Policy Act, Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, etc.). For each, the faculty will address who regulates, who is regulated, what is regulated, and how it is regulated. The course will then explain environmental law practice before the relevant agencies, such as the Environmental Protection Agency, including the rulemaking process and judicial review of the rules and other final agency actions, citizen suits, and enforcement and related litigation. Finally, we will address environmental law considerations in project development, system operations, and energy transactions (in particular, how environmental law factors into transaction due diligence).


Energy Law Academy Sponsorship Levels & Benefits

$500: Sponsor

  • One complimentary registration
  • Logo featured in all event marketing circulated to over 5,000 attorneys & energy professionals twice
  • Listed in materials circulated to all attendees
  • Verbal recognition at the opening by Chapter President during welcome remarks
  • Recognition on the conference webpage
  • Logo recognition on social media
  • Recognition on the recording that will be offered in our e-Library.

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Wednesday, September 22


Edward Boling, Partner, Perkins Coie LLP
Ann Navaro, Partner, Bracewell
Allison Wood, Partner, McGuireWoods

Introductory Matters

        Faculty:        Dan Frank, Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP

Overview of Environmental Law

This session will provide an overview of the purpose of environmental statutes and regulation, with a focus on the interplay of federal, state and local laws and how obligations arise under the various laws.


Key Federal and State Environmental Laws and Their Impact on the Energy Industry (2:15-4:15 p.m.)

This session will provide an overview of the key federal and state environmental laws and their impact on the energy industry. In particular, for each major statute, our faculty will address: (i) who regulates, (ii) who is regulated, (iii) what is regulated, and (iv) how it is regulated.

Key status addressed include:

  • National Environmental Policy Act
  • Clean Air Act
  • Clean Water Act
  • Oil Pollution Act
  • RCRA
  • Endangered Species Act
  • Migratory Bird Protection Act
  • And more . . .

Participants should expect to take away a solid understanding of the various environmental regulatory regimes affecting the energy industry.


Keynote Speech


thursday, september 23

Introductory Matters

        Faculty:        Dan Frank, Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP

Key Federal and State Environmental Laws and Their Impact on the Energy Industry (cont’d)

This session is a continuation from Day One.


Agency Practice

Our faculty will address the various avenues through which environmental laws and policies are adopted and made, including:

  • Rulemaking processes and judicial review of agency action,
  • Citizen suits (including “sue and settle”), and
  • Applicable procedural requirements and substantive standards.

Participants will then learn about the various agencies involved in making, implementing and enforcing environmental laws.

Our faculty will finish with a discussion of the enforcement of environmental laws:

  • Tools available to agencies and stakeholders to enforce the laws, including judicial proceedings, and
  • Potential penalties for non-compliance.


Practical Considerations in the Intersection of Environmental Laws and Energy (4:15-5:30 p.m.)

Our faculty will provide practical guidance for energy law and transactional practitioners, with a focus on:

  • Environmental considerations in energy project development (pipelines, electric generation and transmission, etc.), including permitting and public policy issues;
  • Overview of environmental issues in energy transactions, including due diligence considerations; and
  • Overview of operational considerations at energy facilities, including compliance matters, EMS systems, and incidence response/ reporting.


        Faculty:        Dan Frank, Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP

Speaker Bios


EBA will seek up to x hours CLE in 60-minute states and x hours CLE in 50-minute states.  EBA will ordinarily seek CLE from VA, NY, CA & PA.   Additionally, some states allow attorneys to earn credit through reciprocity or self-submission. View accreditation information for your state at

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Type Member Rate Non-Member Rate
Registration $300 $350
Student $95 $350
Multi-Registration Discount (4th person and beyond) $275 NA


*For firms registering 4 people or more, at the same time, EBA will provide you a group discounted registration rate of $275 per person for the 4th person and beyond. Applies to Private and Energy Professional members only. All attendees in the group must be members. Contact for more information. 

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Refunds will be given to registrants who submit written cancellation to the address shown on the registration form by 7/19/2021, 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 7/19/2021. If a cancellation is requested after the deadline and accepted, there will be a $100 administrative fee. Substitutions are acceptable by 7/19/2021 (non-members substituting for members will be charged the difference between the member and non-member fees). Please note that regardless of the date the cancellation notice is received, no refunds will be processed until after the program. Confirmations will be sent to registrants via email if an address is provided.


Persons in need of special accommodation should inquire with Lisa Levine, Chief Executive Officer, at the EBA office.


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