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CCUS Transition Issues: The Legal and Policy Landscape

Panel Discussion
Wednesday, July 19, 2017, 3:25pm-4:15pm CDT

This session will follow up on a plenary discussion that broadly addresses current legal, policy and funding implications arising from transition to a new administration, to provide a more in-depth focused discussion regarding areas that may significantly impact CCS and CCUS research and implementation such as: timing and impacts domestically and internationally regarding the Paris Agreement; the current and likely future status of United States greenhouse gas regulations including the Clean Power Plan, methane rules and supporting regulatory findings; regulatory reform challenges; federal budget proposals and congressional response; implementation and enforcement of state delegated environmental programs; the role of litigation and current developments; and opportunities for fossil fuel growth and advancement of CCS and CCUS arising from the landscape for pipelines, baseload power generation and exports, as well as domestic road blocks and international avenues.

Chair: Mary Ellen Ternes, Earth & Water Law LLC

Panelist: Frederick Eames, Hunton & Williams
Panelist: Charles McConnell, Rice University
Panelist: E. Dennis Griffith, Granherne
Panelist: Victor B. Flatt, University of North Carolina

Frederick R. Eames

Fred’s practice focuses on advocacy before the United States Congress and federal agencies, including legislation, rulemakings, permitting, and federal policy.

Fred’s areas of concentration include energy, environment, privacy, cybersecurity, and financial services. In the energy and environmental arena this includes work on electricity policy, carbon capture and sequestration, electric transmission, climate change, environmental risk management, infrastructure permitting, biomass, and waste issues. Regarding privacy and cybersecurity, Fred has worked on data breach notice and...Read more

Victor B. Flatt

Professor Victor B. Flatt returned to the University of Houston in 2017 as the Dwight Olds Chair in Law and the Faculty Director of the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources (EENR) Center. He also holds an appointment as a Distinguished Scholar of Carbon Markets at the University of Houston’s Global Energy Management Institute. He was previously the inaugural O’Quinn Chair in Environmental Law at UHLC from 2002-2009.

Professor Flatt’s teaching career began at the University of Washington’s Evins School of Public Affairs, and he has previously taught at Georgia State University...Read more

E. Dennis Griffith

E. Dennis Griffith is a Senior Project Manager at Granherne, KBR's front end consulting affiliate. Much of his professional work is evaluation of economic viability of projects during their concept development phases including developing high level and detailed cost estimates and performing financial analyses. His work also includes developing, monitoring, and reporting project budgets.

He has held positions of leadership and financial responsibility in non-profits and government including serving on the on the City Council of Spring Valley Village, Texas. As a...Read more

Charles D. McConnell

Charles D. McConnell is Executive Director of Rice University's Energy and Environment Initiative, a university-wide effort to address the diverse issues associated with energy and the environment.  The Initiative is designed to partner with industry and external stakeholders to position Rice as an impartial broker that combines technology and policy to create a sustainable energy platform in resource utilization and environmental stewardship.

A 35-year veteran of the energy industry, McConnell joined Rice in August 2013 after serving two years as the Assistant Secretary of Energy...Read more

Mary Ellen Ternes

Mary Ellen Ternes is a partner in the Oklahoma City office of D.C. based Earth & Water Law, LLC.  Ms. Ternes represents energy, manufacturing and other industrial and municipal clients, with in-depth experience in air, hazardous waste, wastewater, drinking water program permitting, compliance, with particular emphasis in developing efficient regulatory strategies for complex and high profile processes and industries, enforcement defense, risk management, due diligence, voluntary cleanup practices as well as federal and state rulemaking, administrative proceedings and litigation....Read more