Presented by: Environmental Law Section
31st Annual Environmental Law Section Spring Super Symposium: The Intersection of Transportation and Environmental Law
Friday, April 7, 2017
The 31st Annual Environmental Law Spring Symposium provides the opportunity to consider four segments of the transportation sector and related environmental legal issues. Our four panels, consisting of representatives of government, academia, environmental advocacy groups, in-house counsel, outside counsel and more, will offer their insights into several timely topics and practice areas broken out by transportation segments: (1) public transportation; (2) utilities; (3) rail; and (4) ports. Our presenters will include Cris Liban and Uduak-Joe Ntuk, who will offer expert opinions on current and foreseeable environmental issues touching upon the transportation sector and beyond.
8:30 to 9:00 a.m. - Registration
9:00 to 10:15 a.m. - Opening Presentation
Description: LA Metro’s $120B infrastructure program will transform the Los Angeles’ transportation, housing, and economic fabric. This presentation provides the most pressing environmental and sustainability challenges faced by LA Metro; along with the solutions and strategies it is implementing to reduce environmental liabilities, increase equity, and promote regional economic vitality.
Panelist: Dr. Cris B. Liban, P.E. – Executive Officer, Environmental Compliance and Sustainability, LA Metro
10:25 to 11:40 a.m. - Panel 1: Transportation Utilities
Description: This panel will feature a robust discussion of the technical, legal, and regulatory challenges to the provision of energy for transportation purposes in California. Discussion will highlight issues relating to transportation electrification, the role of oil and gas pipelines in California’s energy system, as well as best practices for meeting the state’s requirements regarding air quality and greenhouse gas reductions.
Moderator: Kelly Henderson – Senior Attorney, Southern California Edison, Environmental Section
Panelists: Nate Jensen – Vice President and General Counsel, Clean Energy Fuels; Laura Renger – Principal Manager, Air & Climate (Regulatory Affairs), Southern California Edison; Michael Mills – Partner, Stoel Rives LLP
11:40 to 11:55 a.m. - Break
11:55 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. - Lunch Presentation
Description: A century of oil and gas legislation and litigation in Los Angeles. The City of Los Angeles’ Petroleum Administrator will discuss the modern Urban Oil and Gas Policy. Topics of discussion will include municipal oil codes, regional regulatory compliance, environmental protections and current petroleum administration projects.
Panelist: Uduak-Joe Ntuk – Petroleum Administrator, Office of Petroleum and Natural Gas Administration, City of Los Angeles
12:55 to 2:10 p.m. - Panel 2: Public Transportation
Description: This panel will consider how climate change policies will affect transportation projects and technologies like driverless vehicles going forward. Panelists will discuss what policies, legal developments, and technological advancements will be most pressing and consider how those developments may impact California’s long-term planning. Panelists will also discuss how the current federal landscape may influence state efforts to regulate air emissions from transportation.
Moderator: Andrea Warren – Senior Associate, Alston & Bird LLP
Panelists: Ryan Snyder – Principal, Transpogroup; Jamey Wyman – Associate, Best Best & Krieger LLP; Ethan Elkind – Director of Climate Program at Center for Law, Energy and the Environment at UC Berkeley Law; UCLA Law’s Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment
2:20 to 3:35 p.m. - Panel 3: Rail – The Challenges of Entitling Rail Projects
Description: The panel will discuss the legal and political challenges involved in entitling passenger and commercial rail projects. Topics include federal limits on authority to local agencies to regulation and condition rail projects, including the impact those limits can have on project approval, acquiring property for rail projects through condemnation, and the environmental impacts associated with rail projects.
Moderator: Marisa Blackshire – Senior General Attorney, BNSF Railway
Panelists: Michelle Rudd – Partner, Stoel Rives LLP; Paul Beard – Partner, Alston & Bird LLP; Ramya Sivasurbramanian – Staff Attorney, Environmental Justice Program, Natural Resources Defense Council
3:45 to 5:00 p.m. - Panel 4: Ports
Description: The Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are the busiest ports in the U.S., moving 1/3 of U.S port cargo and generating nearly
1 million jobs in Southern California. But these economic engines also generate environmental and community impacts that require creative technical and legal solutions. This panel will discuss the past, present and future challenges of the ports.
Moderator: Peter Nyquist – Partner, Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger LLP
Panelists: Amrit Kulkarni – Partner, Meyers Nave Riback Silver & Wilson, PLC; Adrian Martinez – Staff Attorney, Earthjustice
5:00 to 6:30 p.m. - Cocktail Reception
You are invited to join us for a reception immediately following the symposium. We wish to thank our sponsors of this reception: Steptoe & Johnson LLP, Bick Law LLP and Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger LLP.
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