Election 2020: Oil & Gas and Environmental Issues in the Next Administration


CLE credits earned: 1 General Credit (WA 1 Law and Legal)

With every presidential election the energy and manufacturing industry prepares for shifts in policy based on the interests and vision of the upcoming administration. The results of the 2020 election cycle, in particular, have energy companies bracing themselves for the possibility of significant overhauls to federal policies, legislation, and initiatives that, for the past four years, have provided significant opportunities for energy infrastructure development. The presenters in this webinar will provide a post-election snapshot, discussing how key environmental issues within the energy sector might be impacted by a Trump or Biden win and by a potential change of control in the Senate. Topics include: climate change policy, enforcement, rule overrides, executive orders, and key legislative committees. A portion of the program will focus on how these issues impact development in the Gulf Coast.

This course is co-sponsored with myLawCLE.

Key topics to be discussed:

• Climate change policy
• Environmental regulatory policy
• Regulatory enforcement

Date / Time: November 18, 2020

•   2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Eastern
•   1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Central
•   12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Mountain
•   11:00 am – 12:00 pm Pacific

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Original Broadcast Date: November 18, 2020

Robert “Bob” Holden | Partner in Jones Walker’s Litigation Practice Group and is co-team leader of the firm’s environmental litigation team

He counsels clients on environmental regulatory compliance, enforcement actions, and related commercial litigation and represents businesses in the energy, chemicals, manufacturing, and other industries with significant operations across the southeastern United States and in the Gulf of Mexico. He regularly counsels clients on a broad range of environmental and regulatory requirements in relation to air (including Clean Air Act Title V, Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT), and New Source Review (NSR) Standards); wastewater (including the Louisiana Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (LPDES) and Gulf of Mexico General National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit programs); hazardous waste (with a particular focus on generator issues); and solid-waste (including permitting and closures). He also provides advice to OCS operators on Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) operational rules. Bob has represented numerous clients in enforcement proceedings before EPA headquarters, EPA Regions 6 and 8, and before the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ).
Jim Noe | Partner in Jones Walker’s Energy, Environmental & Natural Resources Industry and Government Relations Teams

Jim splits his time between the firm’s Washington DC and Houston offices. Jim has a robust government relations practice and has developed extensive, deep relationships in the oil and gas, maritime, and construction industries. Among recent, high-profile engagements, he was appointed as primary advocate and spokesman for energy-industry participants following the Macondo oil spill. Jim also has extensive, global experience representing the interests of major, multinational corporations as well as industry groups with respect to major transactions, contracts, and disputes. He has acted as lead negotiator and senior attorney in numerous transactions, including multibillion-dollar sales, acquisitions, and mergers. He routinely conducts internal investigations and represents clients facing agency inquiries and law enforcement investigations involving Foreign Corrupt Practice Act (FCPA), securities law, and other regulatory compliance matters.
Meghan Smith | Partner in Jones Walker’s Litigation Practice Group and is co-team leader of the firm’s environmental litigation team

She focuses her practice on environmental/toxic tort, energy, and construction litigation and arbitration. Meghan also advises clients on regulatory compliance and permitting issues at the state and federal level for both active facilities and remediation projects. Meghan has worked in defense of numerous major corporations, including oil and gas companies, chemical manufacturers, and engineering/construction firms in state and federal litigation and private arbitration. Recent examples include representing various clients in defense of claims arising from an industrial brine mine collapse; releases from refineries and other petrochemical manufacturing facilities; alleged onshore contamination and coastal erosion from historical and active oil and gas exploration and production operations; personal injury claims related to workplace and secondary exposure to raw materials and byproducts, sudden-occurrence incidents in industrial settings, and offsite injuries; design defect claims; professional negligence claims; and construction defect claims. Meghan is licensed to practice in Louisiana and Texas.

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1. Executive orders: President Trump has been criticized for his use (and possible extended reach) of Executive Orders (EO). Once such EO has impacted the development of infrastructure projects. How will this EO be affected if Biden wins? What about the new national permits the US Army Corps of Engineers is working on now? How much stock should our clients put on relying on these? 2:00-2:12

2. Enforcement: Look at enforcement from Obama and Trump administrations 2:12-2:24

3. Climate Change Policy: What “green” measures has Trump rolled back? What are Biden’s policy recommendations? 2:24-2:36

4. Rule overrides and election: Examples of 3-4 rules that could possibly change after election with timelines. (Includes links to previous alerts when possible to cut down on text.) 2:36-2:48

5. Committees whose policies and direction could change post-election: If the Senate flips, who will be in leadership roles on committees that affect our clients and what have those people said about their priorities in the past. 2:48-3:00