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2014 Landscape Discussion on Energy Law & Policy in the Rockies

School of Energy Resources

4 Landscape Discussion on Energy Law & Policy in the Rockies school of energy resources

Conference Information:

The 2014 Landscape Discussion on Energy Law & Policy in the Rockies conference was held Thursday, October 30 in Laramie, Wyoming. The objective of this event was to bring together stakeholders who have collaborative interests to engage in a thought provoking discussion on key energy topics currently at play in Wyoming and the Rockies. The goals of the conference were to: facilitate robust discussion and education of current critical topics, address the role of technology as it may affect or drive public policy and identify opportunities for solution building in the public interest; solicit input for issues warranting attention for securing a sustainable natural resource future; and encourage collaboration of the College of Law's Center for Law and Energy Resources in the Rockies with affiliated groups and the legal community.

CLE Credit:

This conference has been approved by the Wyoming Bar Association for 7.5 CLE credits and the Colorado Bar Association has approved the conference for 8 CLE credit hours. We will will provide certificates of attendance if requested, but we will not file your CLE hours for you. You will need to claim your CLE hours independently. 

Conference Agenda & Program:

Click here for the conference agenda and program

Speaker Presentations:

8:00am – 8:45am - Introductory Remarks

  • Dick McGinity, President of the University of Wyoming
  • Jacquelyn Bridgeman, Interim Dean of the College of Law
  • Mark Northam, Director of the School of Energy Resources
  • Wyoming Governor Matt Mead
  • Dave Freudenthal, Former Governor of Wyoming, Crowell & Moring LLC
8:45am – 9:00am - Regional Energy Policy Highlights 
  • Mark Gordon, Wyoming State Treasurer  
9:00am – 10:15am - EPA Clean Power Plan Proposed Rule for Existing Power Plants
  • Moderator:  Rob Mathes, Bjork Lindley Little LLC
  • Overview of the Proposed Regulation
    • Al Minier, Chairman, Wyoming Public Service Commission
  • Environmental Perspective
    • Chuck Magraw, Environmental Attorney
  • Industry Perspective
    • Cathy Woollums, Senior Vice President, Environmental and Chief Environmental Counsel, Berkshire Hathaway Energy 
10:45am – 12:00pm - Energy Transportation
  • Moderator:  Ryan Lance, Crowell & Moring LLC
  • Transporting Energy via Rail
    • Johan Hellman, Executive Director, State Government Affairs, BNSF 
  • Proposed Coal Export Terminals
    • Ken Miller, Past President/CEO Bulk Terminals, Millennium Longview LLC
  • Oil Export
    • Kyle Smith, Assistant General Counsel, Continental Resources Inc.
  • Q&A Energy Transportation
12:00pm – 1:30pm - Keynote Address
  • Keynote Speaker – Bobby Reeves, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer, Anadarko Petroleum Corporation 
1:30pm – 2:45pm - Emerging Issues 
  • Moderator: Tara Righetti, University of Wyoming College of Law  
  • FERC Transmission Policy & the West
    • Jeffery Dennis, Director of the Division of Policy Development, FERC
  • Estimating the Value of Additional Wind and Transmission Capacity in the Rocky Mountain West
    • Rob Godby, University of Wyoming Associate Professor, Director of the UW Center for Energy Economics and Public Policy
  • Pathfinder Renewable Energy – CAES Project
    • Chris Elrod, Pathfinder Renewable Wind Energy, Director – CAES Project Development
3:00pm – 4:50pm - State Oil and Gas Conservation Commission Regulation Revisions  
  • Moderators: Cindy DeLancey, Director of Government Affairs, BP
  • John Masterson, Lewis Roca Rothgerber LLP                 
Colorado’s Oil and Gas Conservation Commission Regulatory Revision
  • Historical Perspective on Colorado’s Oil and Gas Regulations
    • Ken Wonstolen, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Bill Barrett Corporation
  • Current Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission Regulatory Revisions
    • Jamie Jost, Jost & Shelton PC
  • Social License to Operate: Solving the Human Variable
    • Alex Hohmann, Stakeholder Relations Manager, Anadarko Petroleum Corporation
  • Q&A
Wyoming’s Oil and Gas Conservation Commission Initiatives
  • WOGCC Rulemaking Initiatives
    • Mark Watson, Supervisor, Wyoming Oil & Gas Conservation Commission
  • Practitioner’s Perspective
    • Tom Reese, Beatty & Wozniak, P.C
4:50 – 5:00 pm - Concluding Remarks by Conference MC Dave Freudenthal 

Contact Information:

If you have questions about this event please contact Temple Stoellinger at

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