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Regulatory Potpourri

February 18, 2021 at 10:00:00 AM · Eastern Time (US & Canada)
About This Webinar

A plethora of regulatory issues presented in 10-20 minute bites. Topics include: Rule of Capture, Health Studies and the Gas Industry, Piercing the Corporate Veil for Orphan Well Owners, and more!

Jon Beckman will discuss the law of subsurface trespass to the oil and gas estate in light of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania’s and Superior Court’s recent decisions inBriggs v. Southwestern Energy Production Company. This presentation will give a brief overview of the Rule of Capture and the issues considered by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. The focus will be on the evidentiary burdens and issues both parties to a subsurface trespass action will encounter under the current state of the law in Pennsylvania.

Health Studies and the Gas Industry- Kathy Condo

Academic researchers as well as anti-fossil fuel advocacy organizations continue to publish articles about the existence or lack thereof of health effects from unconventional oil and gas development activities. This presentation will provide an update on the most recent publications in this area.

Who can view: Everyone
Webinar Price: Free
Featured Presenters
Webinar hosting presenter
Government Affairs Specialist, Steptoe & Johnson
Gary Slagel, who most recently retired as the Senior Advisor of Environmental Affairs for CONSOL Energy, has joined the firm as a Government Affairs Specialist. Mr. Slagel is an engineering graduate from the University of Dayton and spent 35 years with CONSOL and CNX Gas in several capacities including Director of Environmental Regulatory Affairs and later Director of Government Affairs working on both coal and natural gas issues. In his most recent position, Mr. Slagel was asked to redirect his talents to addressing the increasingly complex issues associated with shale gas exploration and development.
Mr. Slagel has extensive legislative and regulatory experience including the four-year mediation effort that resulted in 1994 amendments to the original Pennsylvania Subsidence Act; the two-year mediation effort that amended the Pennsylvania Coal Refuse Disposal Act and the more recently, 2012 amendments to the Pennsylvania Oil and Gas Act. He remains intimately involved with all regulatory issues impacting natural gas development through his former role on the Pennsylvania Oil and Gas Technical Advisory Board and his current roles with the Marcellus Shale Coalition, and the West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association. He currently serves as Chairman and is on the Executive Committee of the Pennsylvania Independent Oil and Gas Association.
Webinar hosting presenter
Member, Steptoe & Johnson
Biography
Jon Beckman focuses his practice in the area of energy and natural resources law, specifically assisting clients with energy and environmental litigation. Jon draws on his mineral title and regulatory experience to assist clients with disputes over mineral ownership, royalties, and leasehold issues as well as environmental and regulatory matters. Additionally, he assists clients with eminent domain proceedings, construction litigation, midstream litigation, insurance litigation, and arbitration proceedings. Jon is a former Combat Trauma Specialist for the Pennsylvania Army National Guard and served in Operation Iraqi Freedom and is active in the firm's Veterans Inclusion Council. Mr. Beckman is the Managing Member of the firm's Meadville office.
Memberships & Awards
PROFESSIONAL
Pennsylvania Bar Association, Energy and Environmental Law Section
Crawford County Bar Association
Northwest Pennsylvania American Inn of Court
Graduated magna cum laude, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
INDUSTRY/CIVIC
Marcellus Shale Coalition
Pennsylvania Independent Oil and Gas Association, Environmental Committee
Eagle Scout, Boy Scouts of America
Key Experience
Litigated oil and gas leasehold and ownership issues for energy clients
Assisted industry clients in quiet title and partition actions that included complex heirship and mineral title issues
Represented midstream clients in federal eminent domain actions and landowner disputes

2013 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
2005-2011 Combat Trauma Specialist, Pennsylvania Army National Guard
2003-2010 High School History Teacher, Corry Area School District
Webinar hosting presenter
Shareholder, Babst Calland
Kathy Condo is a shareholder in the Litigation Services Group of Babst Calland. Before joining the firm, Ms. Condo spent more than 25 years in the Pittsburgh office of a large national law firm, during which time she handled numerous jury and non-jury trials. She has extensive experience in handling toxic tort and products liability litigation in various federal and state courts, which has included trial work, as well as the multi-state coordination of the defense of repetitive litigation. During the course of her representation of clients in the toxic tort and product liability area, she has worked with and opposed numerous technical and medical expert witnesses. Her experiences include trying a toxic tort case for an international electronics manufacturer involving claimed injuries due to heavy metal exposure, and defending a class action complaint involving claimed environmental exposures. More recently, Ms. Condo has become involved in counseling clients in threatened toxic tort litigation related to Marcellus Shale development, and defending these cases when filed.

Ms. Condo also represents and counsels financial services institutions in litigation arising out of lending and servicing activities and in various commercial litigation matters, often resolving problems to prevent litigation or to resolve litigation after it is filed. She has also represented a number of major corporations in federal and state courts in employment-related matters.

For a number of years, Ms. Condo acted as an outside “in house counsel” for a corporation facing a major litigation challenge. In that capacity, she administered hundreds of cases in outlying jurisdictions, controlled the litigation budgets of local counsel, administered the day-to-day activity of paralegals and lawyers, negotiated settlements, and handled trials in local jurisdictions. Much of this work focused on innovative mechanisms for defense cost savings.

Ms. Condo graduated summa cum laude and first in her class from Duquesne University School of Law, with a J.D. in 1981, where she was Executive Recent Decisions Editor of the Law Review. She received her M.S.W. from the University of Pittsburgh in 1975 and upon graduation she worked as a social worker in the neonatal intensive care unit at Magee Women’s Hospital. Ms. Condo received her B.A., with high distinction, from the Pennsylvania State University in 1974, where she was selected for membership in Phi Beta Kappa.

Ms. Condo is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and West Virginia, and is a member of the Allegheny County Bar Association. She has been a member of the Academy of Trial Lawyers since 1992. Ms. Condo was appointed by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to serve a three-year term on the Pennsylvania Civil Procedural Rules Committee. She has also been a member of the Allegheny County Private Industrial Counsel as well as a past board member of the Sara Heinz House.
Ms. Condo is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and West Virginia, and is a member of the Allegheny County Bar Association. She has been a member of the Academy of Trial Lawyers since 1992. Ms. Condo was appointed by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to serve a three-year term on the Pennsylvania Civil Procedural Rules Committee. She has also been a member of the Allegheny County Private Industrial Counsel as well as a past board member of the Sara Heinz House. Ms. Condo has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America© in the Commercial Litigation Section since 2020 by BL Rankings. She was also selected to the 2012-2018 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers lists (Thomson Reuters).

Over the years, Ms. Condo has spoken frequently at PBI, DRI and in-house CLEs on various subjects related to litigation, including Daubert challenges, recent developments in civil procedure and evidence, toxic tort litigation, Marcellus Shale development litigation and mitigation of litigation.
Webinar hosting presenter
Senior Attorney, Hunton Andrews Kurth
A former US Department of the Interior and American Wind Energy Association lawyer, Lauren draws on her diverse experience to navigate clients through complex permitting and compliance issues that arise under a host of federal environmental statutes and regulations. She also advocates for clients during related administrative rulemakings and litigation.
Lauren has extensive experience with permitting and litigation under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Mineral Leasing Act (MLA), Endangered Species Act (ESA), Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA), Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act (BGEPA) and Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA). She also has significant experience representing clients on Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) and hazardous waste matters.

She has represented energy industry coalitions on various regulatory and administrative matters before the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Lauren has deep experience drafting comments on administrative rulemakings, advising clients on policy and regulatory clarifications and negotiating proposed legislative bills as well as with federal permitting and litigation. She also has advocated on behalf of energy clients regarding carbon policies and the repeal and replacement of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan.

As an Attorney-Advisor for DOI’s Office of the Solicitor, Lauren worked with BLM, FWS and the US Department of Justice (DOJ) on rulemakings, administrative actions and litigation that impacted the oil and gas and coal industries. That experience includes working on the oil and gas venting and flaring rules, the coal leasing moratorium and its associated programmatic environmental impact statement, and instruction memoranda implementing the agencies’ regulations. Along with assisting with DOI regulation implementation, Lauren also worked with BLM and DOJ on the environmental review and associated litigation for high-profile coal leasing matters throughout the country and counseled agencies on matters concerning the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act (SMCRA), CERCLA, OCSLA, the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and the Bankruptcy code.
Webinar hosting presenter
Member, Steptoe & Johnson
Brian Pulito focuses his practice in the areas of eminent domain proceedings, construction litigation, midstream litigation, oil, gas and mineral law litigation, and insurance litigation. He has tried cases in both state and federal court. Additionally, he has argued cases before both state and federal appellate courts. Attorney Pulito has also written and spoken extensively on the law of oil and gas.
Memberships & Awards
PROFESSIONAL
Member, Pennsylvania Defense Initiate, First-Party Section
Crawford County Bar Association, Treasurer
American Bar Association
Western Pennsylvania American Inns of Court
Crawford County Young Lawyers Division
Graduated cum laude, Gannon University
Recipient, Martin Luther King Internship, Northwest Legal Services
Graduated cum laude, Syracuse University College of Law

INDUSTRY/CIVIC
President-Elect, Rotary Club of Meadville, 2011-2012
Board of Directors, United Way of Crawford County
Counsel Member, PBA Litigation Section
Three-time Co-chair, Jaycees Halloween Parade
President of the International Association of Wolves
Member of Board of Directors for Local Rotary International Chapter
Key Experience
Represented producers with Marcellus and Utica shale wells in suits for excessive surface use, ownership, drilling rights, and pooling
Prosecuted partition actions
Defended lessees against claims of lease forfeiture arising from nonproduction and/or abandonment
Work Experience
2010 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
2006-2010 Culbertson, Weiss, Schetroma and Schug, P.C.
Speaking Engagements
"Distinctions Between Federal and State Practice: A Practitioners Guide to the Differences Between State and Federal Practice," Civil Litigation Section Annual Retreat March, 2017

Pipeline & Midstream Development from Wellhead to Burner Tip: Laws and Regulations Affecting Pipeline and Midstream Development in PA

“Subsurface Trespass to the Oil& Gas Estate: Determining Damages in Pennsylvania,” PBI Oil and Gas Law Colloquium, Pittsburgh, PA September 2015
Documents
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Lauren Bachtel Bio.pdf
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Jon Beckman Bio.pdf
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Kathy Condo Bio.pdf
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Brian Pulito Bio.pdf
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Gary Slagel Bio.pdf
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EMLF Participation Theory Presentation.pdf
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EMLF Rule of Capture Update .pdf
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EMLF Alleged Health Effects from Unconventional Natural Gas Development.pdf
Preview Download Added by Anna Fletcher at 6:46 PM - Monday - February 15, 2021
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EMLF Endangered Species
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