ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and ResourcesAuthor: ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources
23 Jul 2017

ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources

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Discussions from the top environmental, energy, and resources lawyers discussing career development, legal issues, and new developments in environmental law.

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    Fracking and Tribal Sovereignty: The Pawnee Nation Claim

    In 2015, the Pawnee Nation approved a moratorium on fracking. The region was shaken by a 5.8 magnitude earthquake on September 3, 2016. In March 2017, the Pawnee Nation filed a claim in tribal court, seeking damages from several oil companies, alleging hydraulic fracturing (specifically, wastewater injected into disposal wells) caused an increase in earthquakes, damaging tribal buildings and land. This case could be consequential, in that it was brought in tribal court. It brings to the forefront discussion over tribal sovereignty, and tension between tribes’ concerns about harms to the environment and royalties generated by energy and mineral resources, which many tribes rely on.

    Host Cynthia Harris of the Section's Committee on Native American Resources interviews Professor Taiawagi Helton of the University of Oklahoma College of Law. 

    Please rate and review us on iTunes, and share our podcast widely. To learn more about our Section and to join us, visit www.americanbar.org/environ


  • Posted on 30 Jun 2017

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    Emerging Framework for Environmental Governance

    Guests John Howes, Roger Feldman, and George Crabtree discuss how laws related to the overall process of making, consuming, and disposing of consumer goods need to be shaped and coordinated in order to avoid unintended environmental consequences. 

    Specifically, the panel talks about the rare earth metals that comprise a wide range of consumer electronics, and how sustainable policies need to be implemented by the corporate and legislative sectors.

    Our panelists include: 

    • Roger Feldman, OF Andrews Kurth Kenyon in Washington D.C., and chair of our Section's Infrastructure, Siting, and Reliability Committee
    • Dr. George Crabtree, Director of the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research at Argonne National Laboratory and Distinguished Professor of Physics Electrical and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Illinois in Chicago
    • John Howes, Principal of the Redland Energy Group in Washington, DC

    To support our Section, or to join us, please visit our website at www.americanbar.org/environ


  • Posted on 13 Jun 2017

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    Dakota Access Pipeline

    The U.S. has approximately 72,000 miles of pipeline transporting crude oil across the country, but no pipeline has garnered more recent attention than the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). Join host Shelly Geppert (Eimer Stahl LLP) and Troy A. Eid, a principal shareholder in the Denver office of Greenberg Traurig, and co-chair of the firm’s American Indian Law Practice Group, as they discuss the protests and litigation surrounding the pipeline, and the impact of recent executive orders on the future of DAPL. An accompanying powerpoint presentation is available at ambar.org/environyl. Please rate and review us on iTunes. Produced by the ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources. Online at http://www.americanbar.org/environ

  • Posted on 17 Feb 2017

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    Section Member Spotlight: Bill Penny

    Host Jillian Kirn interviews 30-year ABA member and former Section Chair Bill Penny, a partner with Burr and Foreman LLP in Nashville, and chair of the firm's environmental practice group. Bill shares with us his journey to becoming an environmental lawyer, advice for young lawyers, and the value he placed on his ABA membership in building his career. Please rate and review us on iTunes. Produced by the ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources. Online at http://www.americanbar.org/environ

  • Posted on 31 Jan 2017

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    Section Member Spotlight: Sheila Hollis

    Host Joan Radovich interviews former Section Chair Sheila Hollis. Hollis is a 42-year member of the ABA, and talks about the early days of practicing environmental law, her experience as a woman in a very male-dominated profession, and tips and advice for career advancement she has learned over her long, storied career. Please rate and review us on iTunes. Produced by the ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources. Online at http://www.americanbar.org/environ


  • Posted on 02 Dec 2016

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