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Los Angeles County Bar Association Presents Environmental Law Symposium

September 26, 2012 by Eric Adair in News with 0 Comments

The Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Environmental Law Fall Symposium — “Business in a Regulated World – Balancing Environmental Law and Economic Development” — is scheduled for November 2, 2012, in Santa Monica.

Hinson Gravelle & Adair LLP attorney Eric Adair will be a panelist at the symposium. Mr. Adair, with co-panelists Damon Nagami of the Natural Resources Defense Council and Dr. Dan Tormey of Cardno Entrix and moderator Olivier Theard of Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP, will address the topic of “To Frack or Not to Frack: Energy Development and Environmental Concerns.”

The keynote speaker at the symposium will be John Dunlap III of the Dunlap Group. Mr. Dunlap is the former chairman of the California Air Resources Board and former Chief Deputy Director of the Department of Toxic Substances Control. The symposium will also feature panels addressing California’s Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32), as well as the state Coastal Act. The program promises to provide important information and varied perspectives on current issues in environmental law, including recent litigation and natural resource development.

The symposium will begin at 12:00 p.m. on November 2, and will be held at the Sheraton Delfina Santa Monica, 530 West Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica, California 90405 (map). For more details regarding the symposium, including registration instructions, please visit the LACBA website.

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11th Annual Environmental Law Fall Symposium: Business in a Regulated
World – Balancing Environmental Law and Economic Development

November 2, 2012

Presented by: Environmental Law Section

Program Information:

The Los Angeles County Bar Association Environmental Law Section is pleased to present its 11th Annual Environmental Law Fall Symposium. The keynote speaker and panelists will provide important information and varied perspectives on current issues in environmental law, including recent litigation and natural resource development.


12:00 – 12:15 p.m. – Welcome and Introductions
Steven Elie, Chair, Environmental Law Section

12:15 – 1:00 p.m. – Keynote Address
John Dunlap III, The Dunlap Group
Former Chairman of the California Air Resources Board and former Chief Deputy Director of the DTSC

1:10 – 2:10 – Panel 1
AB 32: What’s it Going to Cost for California to Save the World?

Dorothy Rothrock, California Manufacturers & Technology Association, VP – Government Relations

Timothy O’Connor, Environmental Defense Fund, Director – California Climate & Energy Initiative

Randolph C. Visser, Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP, Partner (Moderator)

Ready, set, go! Six years in the making, California’s comprehensive climate change program policies, coordinated and integrated under the umbrella of the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (AB 32) are nearly in place. Cap-and-trade’s first carbon auction begins November 14, 2012.

In California’s long history of being a unique laboratory of innovation for cutting-edge environmental programs and technologies, there has never been anything like this – putting all major sources on notice that “business as usual” operations must be reconsidered. But, how much will all this cost – and save? And what non-economic costs and benefits will result? Could this be California’s own economic tipping point or new 21st Century clean economy? Find out what AB 32 has in store for you and obtain a better understanding of how AB 32 will impact your bottom line.

2:25 – 3:25 p.m. – Panel 2
To Frack or Not to Frack: Energy Development and Environmental Concerns

K. Eric Adair, Hinson Gravelle & Adair LLP, Partner

Damon Nagami, Natural Resources Defense Council, Senior Attorney

Daniel Tormey, Ph.D., Cardno Entrix, Sr. Principal and VP

Olivier Theard, Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP, Partner (Moderator)

As hydraulic fracturing expands in the United States (including California), we seek to secure energy independence through abundant resources while ensuring that we maintain environmental protections and keep water resources safe. Does fracturing cause earthquakes? Is water safe to drink? The experts on this panel will explore these and other questions, explaining how fracturing works and discussing the costs and benefits involved. The panel will also explain proposed laws and regulations and discuss recent litigation that may impact the process in the future. This is truly the hot-button environmental issue of the day and our distinguished panel will address the timely topic of integrating energy development with environmental health and safety.

3:35 – 4:35 p.m. – Panel 3
Who Holds the Keys to the California Coast? An Introduction to One of the Most Regulated Environments on Earth

Jamee Jordan Patterson, Supervising Deputy Attorney General, Land Law Section

Stanley W. Lamport, Cox Castle & Nicholson, LLP, Partner

Timothy H. Irons, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP, Shareholder (Moderator)

The coastal zone is one of California’s most cherished resources. It is also one of the state’s most heavily regulated land use zones. Many would-be developers lured by the siren call of the coast find themselves trapped in a maze of onerous and expensive permitting requirements. Those who successfully navigate the local land use permitting procedures may find their journey has only just begun. With “from the trenches” examples, this panel will discuss permitting and litigation under the California Coastal Act and explore whether the Coastal Act and the Commission that implements it have gone too far – or not far enough.

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