Preparing for Fracking: Lessons in Regulation and Litigation
Friday, February 7, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (EST)
The North Carolina Central University School of Law's Environmental Law Society cordially invites you to its 2014 Inaugural Symposium to be held on Friday, February 7, 2014. Fracking may begin in North Carolina soon and attorneys are already getting calls from concerned citizens. This symposium is designed to update attorneys on the legislative process and issues presently being addressed by the Mining and Energy Commission. The symposium will also give attorneys practical skills and lessons from attorneys who have represented landowners in fracking-related litigation in Pennsylvania and Ohio.
Scheduled Speakers include:
Robin Smith, former assistant secretary at the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources
Amy Pickle, current member of the Mining and Energy Commission
Ted Feitshans, NCSU professor and mineral rights expert
Todd O'Malley, civil litigation attorney in Pennsylvania who is actively litigating fracking cases
Melissa Theis, paralegal in Pennsylvania and EPA certified in watershed resource management
David Nash, Ohio attorney who practices environmental litigation and has negotiated oil and gas leases
Omega Wilson, president of the West End Revitalization Project in Mebane, NC and helped file the first federal fracking complaint
Elaine Chiosso, Haw River Waterkeeper who also filed the first federal fracking complaint
9:00 a.m. Registration begins
10:00 – 11:30 Introduction to fracking in North Carolina including the pros and cons and current regulations under consideration by the MEC
11:30 – 12:15 An overview of mineral rights in North Carolina and the issue of forced pooling
1:15 – 2:15 Fracking litigation in Pennsylvania: landowner’s causes of action as well as oil and gas leases.
2:15 – 3:00 Negotiating oil and gas leases for landowners in Ohio and the landowner’s advantage
3:10 – 4:00 Environmental justice aspects of fracking and the impact on minority populations
4:00 – 5:00 Reception
Space will be limited so register early!
UPDATE: we are pleased to announce that CLE credits are pending approval and will be available after the event.
Parking information: Guest Parking for the University is located in Latham Parking Deck, located on Lawson Street (guests can only enter at the lower level of the parking deck). Parking fees are $1.00 per hour, and may be paid on site with cash or card.
For walking directions from Latham Parking Deck to the Law School follow link below:
Please send any questions to NCCUEnvironmentalLawSociety@gmail.com