10th Law of Shale Plays Conference

- in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

The Westin Pittsburgh
1000 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15222 

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Credits:MCLE Credit will be available

Overview

Presented by the Institute for Energy Law and the Energy & Mineral Law Foundation (EMLF).

The Law of Shale Plays Conference continues to bring together clients and legal professionals servicing all components of the energy industry for outstanding continuing legal education focused on issues affecting shale plays.

Conference Co-Chairs

Nicolle R. Snyder Bagnell
Reed Smith LLP
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Cole T. DeLancey
Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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Tuition

  • $655 - Regular Registration Fee
  • $540 - IEL Advisory Board Member
  • $540 - IEL Supporting or Sustaining Member Employee
  • $540 - IEL Young Energy Professional Member
  • $540 - CAIL Member or Member Employee
  • $540 - EMLF Member
  • $460 - Government Employee
  • $125 - Full-time Law Professor
  • $125 - Law Student

Schedule and Faculty

Wednesday, September 4

7:45 am


Registration

8:35 am


Welcome, Overview and Introductions

8:45 am


Evolution of the Upstream Energy Markets – Recent Trends in the Capital Markets, A&D and M&A

  • Marcel A. Hewamudalige, Managing Director, Evercore Partners, Houston, Texas

9:15 am


Energy Industry Opposition: The Latest Wave of Challenges and Strategies

Opponents to energy development are increasingly well-funded and sophisticated in deploying tactics to delay and defeat upstream oil and gas development. The multi-faceted attacks play out in all branches of federal, state and local governments, as well as the press. Transportation infrastructure has proven to be a crucial pinch point because of the government approvals, court challenges and resource considerations. This panel will report from the trenches on the key policy and legal arguments being advanced, the critical government approvals and resource studies posing challenges, and the role of social media in communicating with different stakeholders.

Moderator: Kevin A. Ewing, Bracewell LLP, Washington, D.C.

Panelists
:

  • Andrew T. Bockis, Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  • Caitlin Sickles, Director, Government Affairs, Bracewell LLP, Washington, D.C.
  • Jim Welty, Vice President, Government Affairs, Marcellus Shale Coalition, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

10:30 am


Break

10:50 am


Eye of the Beholder: Energy Contracts as Viewed by a Transactional Attorney and a Litigator

There are common complaints raised by transactional attorneys and litigators regarding the other. This session will explain the concerns and issues of each side of the legal divide and assist attorneys in working better with and understanding the concerns of the other side of the profession.

  • Lucas Liben, Reed Smith LLP, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Sarah Nealis Bohan, The Law Office of Sarah Nealis Bohan PLLC, Bridgeport, West Virginia

11:35 am


A Full House: Cotenancy and Unitization

This session will discuss West Virginia’s Cotenancy Modernization and Majority Protection Act, which became effective in June of 2018, and delve into some, as yet, unanswered questions about the scope of the Act. The speakers will also discuss recent Ohio decisions dealing with unitization, and touch on unitization options and procedures applicable in West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

  • Elizabeth B. Elmore, Jackson Kelly PLLC, Charleston, West Virginia
  • Andrew N. Schock, Jackson Kelly PLLC, Akron, Ohio

12:20 pm


Lunch

12:55 pm


The Policy and Regulation of Energy Production and Transportation in Appalachia: A Fireside Chat with Former Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett

  • The Honorable Tom Corbett, 46th Governor of Pennsylvania, Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Interviewed by Michael J. Basile, Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, Charleston, West Virginia

1:40 pm


Break

2:00 pm


What’s Yours is Mine: The Challenges and Law of Eminent Domain in Energy Production and Transportation

In eminent domain proceedings, landowners vigorously challenge a company’s right to condemn as a tactic to forestall the condemnation. The attacks are typically focused on (i) the validity of the certificate of public convenience and necessity, (ii) the necessity of the property rights sought, and (iii) whether adequate negotiations occurred. The speakers will discuss defenses to those challenges and proactive measures and policies companies can implement early on to ensure success.

  • Richard D. Holzheimer Jr., McGuireWoods, Tysons, Virginia
  • John D. Wilburn, McGuireWoods, Tysons, Virginia

2:45 pm


Getting Old and Finding a New Lease on Life

This session will explore legal issues related to old, abandoned, or non-producing wells.

  • Braden L. Christopher, Steptoe & Johnson PLLC, Southpointe, Pennsylvania
  • Bridget D. Furbee, Steptoe & Johnson PLLC, Bridgeport, West Virginia

3:30 pm


Break

3:45 pm


I Sue You: The Current State of Energy Litigation in Appalachia

This session will look at current litigation occurring in Appalachia, including novel legal issues impacting oil and gas development.

Moderator: Jesse J. Zirillo, Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote, P.C., Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Panelists:

  • Andrea E. Hammel, Cozen O’Connor, West Conshohocken, Pennsylvania
  • Kara M. Mundy, Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, Columbus, Ohio
  • Robert M. Stonestreet, Babst, Calland, Clements and Zomnir, P.C., Charleston, West Virginia

5:00 pm


Adjourn

5:00 pm - 6:15 pm


Networking Reception

Thursday, September 5

8:25 am


Introduction

8:30 am


Thoughts from the In-Crowd

This panel of senior industry lawyers will address the concerns of general counsel in operating and developing shale plays and getting products to market.

Moderator: Cole T. DeLancey, Assistant General Counsel, Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Panelists:

  • Courtney M. Ahuja, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Inflection Energy LLC, Denver, Colorado
  • John C. Ale, Senior Vice President – General Counsel and Secretary, Southwestern Energy, Spring, Texas
  • Ben Elmore, Vice President and General Counsel, Seneca Resources Corporation, Houston, Texas
  • T. Lane Wilson, Senior Vice President & General Counsel, The Williams Companies, Inc., Tulsa, Oklahoma

9:45 am


Navigating the Litigation Waters: Two Ongoing Water-Related Cases of Significance to the Industry

This session will focus on two ongoing cases dealing with water rights and usage of significance to the oil and gas industry. The first case, Dunlap v. DCNR, involves a challenge to the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ pronouncement that it owns the oil and gas interests that exist beneath every stream that the Pennsylvania General Assembly has ever designated as a public highway – even if the stream is not navigable in fact. The second case, Wayne Land and Mineral Group LLC v. DRBC, involves a challenge to the Delaware River Basin Commission’s determination that, under Section 3.8 of the Delaware River Basin Compact, a gas well pad together with a gas well and associated activities constitute a “project” and therefore cannot be constructed in the Basin without DRBC approval. For each case, the presenters will discuss the background and status of the case, the arguments that are being made in the case, and the case’s potential implications for the industry.

  • Anthony R. Holtzman, K&L Gates, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

10:15 am


Break

10:30 am


Leases, Language, and Litigation: A Ten-Year Retrospective on the Evolution of Leasing in Appalachia

In celebration of the 10th Law of Shale Plays Conference, this presentation will examine lessons learned in the field and in the courtroom over the past 10 years in the Appalachian Basin. Speakers will discuss issues to consider when acquiring and negotiating leases, the case law that has developed in the region in response to a variety of lease disputes, and recommended revisions to lease forms based on those cases.

  • Kelly O’Bryan da Mota, CEO and President, Cimmaron Land, Inc., Bridgeville, Pennsylvania
  • Christopher W. Rogers, Frost Brown Todd LLC, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

11:30 am


We’re Not in Kansas Anymore - Or Are We?  Multijurisdictional Practice for the Oil and Gas Lawyer

Many oil and gas lawyers regularly practice across state lines, handling deals or lawsuits in one state, for a client in another state, under the law of a third state.  This multijurisdictional practice raises a host of ethical and statutory issues, as lawyers struggle to comply with practice rules that were created for the last century – or even the century before that.  Using hypotheticals, we will show how to navigate these difficult problems, and examine gaps in the Rules that lawyers must watch out for.

  • Ronald C. Minkoff, Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC, New York, New York

12:30 pm


Adjourn

CLE Credit

IEL as registrar for the conference will directly apply for course accreditation in the following states: IL, IN, KY, MO, NM, OH, OK, PA, TN, TX, VA and WV. Some of these states may not approve a program for credit hours before the program occurs. Attorneys may be eligible to receive CLE credit through reciprocity or attorney self-submission in other states. IEL conferences are typically accredited by all mandatory CLE states.

The program is approved by the State Bar of Texas for 11 hours, including 1 hour of ethics. Course ID Number: 174057437. Approved credit hours will vary by jurisdiction and are subject to each jurisdiction’s approval and credit rounding rules.

Hotel Information

The cost of housing is not included in tuition. However, rooms (in limited number) have been reserved at the The Westin Pittsburgh, 1000 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. Registrants may use the link below to book a room or may call 412-281-3700 and advise that they are attending the “Law of Shale Plays Conference” to receive a reduced rate of $139 + tax/night. The last day to obtain this special rate is August 23, 2019.

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Sponsorship Opportunities

Canvas Bag (limited to 3) - $3,500 each - SOLD

  • Recognition in the Conference brochure, which will be mailed and/or emailed to several thousand interested counsel and business leaders and will reach many thousands more through web announcements
  • Company/firm logo prominently displayed in the Conference brochure and final program
  • Recognition on the Conference website
  • Recognition at the Luncheon
  • 2 complimentary registrant at the Conference
  • An opportunity to display company/firm materials at the event or at the conference

Lanyard Sponsor (Exculsive) - $3,500 - SOLD

  • Sponsor name contained on conference lanyard.
  • Recognition in the Conference brochure, which will be mailed and/or emailed to several thousand interested counsel and business leaders and will reach many thousands more through email and web announcements.
  • Company/firm logo prominently displayed in the Conference brochure and final program.
  • Recognition on the Conference website.
  • 2 complimentary registrants at Conference
  • An opportunity to display company/firm materials at the event or at the conference

Hosted Luncheon - $3,000 each

  • Recognition in the Conference brochure, which will be mailed and/or emailed to several thousand interested counsel and business leaders and will reach many thousands more through web announcements
  • Company/firm logo prominently displayed in the Conference brochure and final program
  • Recognition on the Conference website
  • Recognition at the Luncheon
  • 2 complimentary registrants at the Conference
  • An opportunity to display company/firm materials at the event or at the conference

Breakfasts – Sep 4 & 5 (Exclusive) - $3,000 - SOLD

  • Recognition in the Conference brochure, which will be mailed and/or emailed to several thousand interested counsel and business leaders and will reach many thousands more through web announcements
  • Company/firm logo prominently displayed in the Conference brochure and final program
  • Recognition on the Conference website
  • Recognition at the Breakfast
  • 2 complimentary registrants at the Conference
  • An opportunity to display company/firm materials at the event or at the conference

Networking Reception - $2,500 each

  • Recognition in the Conference brochure, which will be mailed and/or emailed to several thousand interested counsel and business leaders and will reach many thousands more through web announcements
  • Company/firm logo prominently displayed in the Conference brochure and final program
  • Recognition on the Conference website
  • Recognition at the Reception
  • 1 complimentary registrant at the Conference
  • 2 complimentary guests at Reception
  • An opportunity to display company/firm materials at the event or at the conference

Exhibitor (Non-law firms) - $1,500 each

  • Space to display company/firm materials at the conference
  • Name/logo on Conference website with link to company page

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