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UW School of Energy Resources Hosts Webinar Roundtable Discussion about Recent Executive Orders

January 28, 2021
Kris Koski, Eric Waeckerlin, and Tim Considine
(Top) Kris Koski; (Middle) Eric Waeckerlin; (Bottom) Tim Considine

The University of Wyoming School Energy Resources (SER) Center for Energy Regulation & Policy Analysis (CERPA) is hosting a webinar roundtable discussion with legal and economic experts in the state to examine the recent executive orders released from the White House suspending energy leases on federal lands.

In an endeavor to reduce – “to the extent possible” – carbon emissions, the steps taken by the federal government have manifested in the suspension of new energy production on federal lands for a period of 60 days, as well as an indefinite moratorium on the issuance of new federal oil and gas leases.

The series of orders handed down by the Biden Administration, direct the Secretary of the Interior to pause the granting of all new leases and initiate a thorough review of all existing leasing and permitting practices for energy development on public lands.

The panel will discuss these and related issues. Ancillary impacts on the advancement of low-carbon energy technologies will also be discussed.

Featured on the panel are SER Professor Kris Koski, Eric Waeckerlin from the law firm Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP, and SER Professor Tim Considine from the UW College of Business. A special introduction will be offered by SER Executive Director, Holly Krutka, and the panel will be moderated by CERPA Director, Kipp Coddington.

In anticipation of these orders, the Wyoming Energy Authority (WEA) commissioned an economic report released by Professor Considine in December. The study outlined the fiscal and economic ramifications that Wyoming could face with the possibility of a moratorium on new federal leases for oil and gas companies, or a full drilling ban on onshore federal leases. The results of the study will feature prominently in the discussion. More on that study here.

“Federal lands are a tremendous resource for America’s future energy economy, just as they have been in the past and are currently,” says CERPA Director, Kipp Coddington. “Shutting off new energy and mineral production on federal lands will not be sustainable and will have resounding impacts on endeavors beyond oil and gas production, including low carbon and renewables efforts, all of which Wyoming is leading in.”

SER is steadfast in its commitment to offer insightful and informative guidance on energy policy and development.

The webinar will take place Tuesday, February 2 at 3:00 PM MST and is free and open to the public. Pre-registration for the event is highly encouraged as the link capacity is limited. Attendees may also submit questions to the panelist prior to the event through the pre-registration portal.

The event will be recorded and available to view later on and will be worth one hour of continuing legal education pending an application with the Wyoming State Bar. Any questions regarding the event can be directed to Christine Reed at SER via email or phone (307) 766-6708.


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