Wednesday, April 16, 2014

David Gorlin, Denver Law LLM student, represents program at Institute for Energy Law's conference

LLM student David Gorlin represented our program at the Center for American and International Law's Institute for Energy Law’s recent conference in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  The conference—“Career Paths for Young Attorneys in the Energy Sector”—gave law students the opportunity to tour Entergy Gulf States, Inc.’s River Bend nuclear power plant in St. Francisville, Louisiana.  The conference also included a full day of lectures and panel discussions on career opportunities and trends in the energy sector.  Dave said the following of his experience:

 My experience at the River Bend plant was illuminating.  We were provided with a lecture on the basics of nuclear power, which successfully addressed a lot of public misinformation and misperceptions about the industry.  We were also given a comprehensive tour of the plant, which included a visit to portions of the containment facility.  I admit this caused some initial apprehension, particularly given the requirement that we wear radiation contamination monitors.  However, after touring River Bend and observing the professionalism and expertise of its employees and the extensive safety precautions that are taken, there was no basis for any anxiety.  The visit to the plant was enlightening for all involved, and I commend Entergy Gulf States, Inc. for its transparency and public outreach efforts.

 The conference also featured a full day of discussions by law firm and in-house professionals from a variety of backgrounds and geographic locations, including Louisiana, Texas, Pennsylvania, Colorado, and New Mexico.  The lecturers and panelists displayed an impressive breadth of experience and offered valuable perspectives on a variety of subjects pertaining to the oil and gas industry, including land administration, international transactions, and regulatory compliance. 

David would like to thank the IEL for funding his attendance at this year’s conference and also employees at River Bend for the opportunity to better understand the important work they are doing in the American energy industry.  He is also thankful to the Sturm College of Law for sponsoring his attendance.
The Denver Law Environmental and Natural Resources program strives to fund learning and advancement opportunities for our students. Keeping current on energy trends certainly helps students in their academic and employment pursuits.


Thursday, April 3, 2014

RJ Colwell, DU Law student, participates in panel discussing energy efficiency in the military

RJ Colwell, a J.D. candidate pursuing his Environmental and Natural Resources Law certificate, presented as a panelist at the University of Colorado Denver's April Sustainability Series discussion "Greening the Military."  RJ and his fellow panelists discussed the push towards energy efficiency and renewable energy by the world's largest energy consumer, the U.S. military. Under the National Defense Authorization Act, the military is required to meet at least 25% of its energy needs from renewable sources by 2025.  RJ presented his findings in the context of the approaches adopted by various States' Army National Guard organizations in terms of renewable energy project development.  RJ's presentation stemmed from research conducted in support of the 'Renewable Energy: Project Development and Regulation' course offered through the Sturm College of Law's Environmental and Natural Resources Law and Policy Program.  

RJ enjoyed learning about the role energy efficiency plays as a necessary precursor for effective renewable energy from his fellow panelist, Brett Jackson, and the tremendous work on energy efficiency undertaken by the Colorado Army National Guard at its installations.
The Environmental and Natural Resources program applauds RJ's efforts towards bringing attention to the importance of renewables in the military and sharing his research with a wider audience.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Andrea Loguidice, LLM alumna, joins New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

Originally from Island Park, New York, Ms. Andrea Loguidice received her bachelor’s degree from Hofstra University in 2001 and her Juris Doctor from the Maurice A. Dean School of Law, Hofstra University in 2005.  In 2007, Andrea started her own law firm where she practiced corporate law, environmental compliance and transportation law.  She received an Environmental and Natural Resources Law and Policy LLM from DU Law in 2010.  Following graduation she secured a contract attorney position at a prominent natural resources law firm in Denver.  In 2011, Andrea returned to her law firm in Island Park, New York where she would continue a general practice until obtaining the job of her dreams.     

Last November, she joined the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Office of General Counsel in Albany as a Senior Attorney.  She is currently responsible for assisting in the development, pursuit, and negotiation of Natural Resource Damage (NRD) matters, cost recovery matters, and other enforcement matters for the Bureau of Remediation and Revitalization.  Andrea is the DEC attorney on several large NRD matters in New York State, including assessments at Newtown Creek, New Cassel Industrial Area, Brookhaven National Laboratory and Gowanus Canal.  

We are proud to see Andrea putting her LLM to great use. Congratulations on this fantastic job opportunity, Andrea!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Amy Wilson, Master of Resources Law student, receives sponsorship to attend Vail Global Energy Forum


Amy Wilson had the opportunity to represent our graduate program at the recent Vail Global Energy Forum held in Beaver Creek, Colorado. Amy had the following to say about her experience:

The speakers at the Forum included some of the top leaders in energy like the Governor of Colorado, professors from some of the most prestigious universities in the country and industry professionals. As in the classroom, it was interesting to be challenged and encouraged to look at natural resource and energy development from multiple perspectives. 

My favorite of the speakers, former Secretary of Labor George P. Shultz, provided insight on the need for leadership in the natural resources and energy arena. His thoughtful and genuine presentation made it clear what a special time it is to be a student and a practitioner. To be a part of a shift in culture and social thought is huge. People around the globe are truly recognizing the need for clean and alternative energy; they are beginning to recognize the latent effects of our actions on the world. Being a part of the DU Environmental and Natural Resource Law and Policy Program, I feel my peers and I will contribute to these issues in a meaningful and impactful way, we will be apart of the change.

 I truly value the experience and the opportunity to attend one of the premier energy events of the year. It is exciting to see so many great minds coming together to discuss our energy problems, and future and potential solutions.

I extend my thanks to the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law and the Sponsors and Donors of the Vail Global Energy Forum for funding and supporting my attendance.

For more information about the Forum, visit their page here.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Broomfield Fracking Ban Upheld in Court

Header from Our Broomfield website.
An active environmental movement, Our Broomfield, pushed for a five year ban to provide experts with the opportunity to study the effects of fracking. In November, Broomfield passed the fracking ban by a margin of 20 votes.

The issue was recently brought to court due to some confusion regarding new voter residency requirements. The legal challenge was brought by pro-fracking group, Broomfield Balanced Energy Coalition, and It's Our Broomfield, Too.

Judge Chris Melonakis said the five year ban on fracking stands, even though the handling of some ballots were "sloppy." In his decision, he described that Broomfield acted in good faith when conducting the election, and that the results should not be tossed out.

Officials from Broomfield released a statement that they will be revisiting their election processes and updating them as needed. Broomfield City and County Manager Charles Ozaki said that Broomfield will now move forward with hiring a "qualified, independent consultant to perform a comprehensive third-party assessment of its election procedures."

The Broomfield Balanced Energy Coalition has stated that it intends to pursue other means of preserving constitutional rights in Broomfield.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Professor Rock Pring Interviewed Regarding Environmental Courts in Hawaii

Professor Rock Pring
Hawaii is considering the benefits of establishing an environmental court. Advocates of the environmental court system feel that environmental crimes, such as pumping pool water into the ocean or dumping trash on the roadside, etc. would be better prosecuted in an environmental court.

"Nearly 500 jurisdictions around the world, including dozens of U.S. cities, maintain environmental courts and tribunals," said George Pring, a professor emeritus at Sturm College of Law at the University of Denver and the co-author with his wife, Kitty Pring, of "Greening Justice," a study of environmental courts.

Hawaii Senate Bill 632, which recently survived committee and will head to the senate floor, would create an environmental court within the state's circuit courts. If the bill passes, it would make Hawaii the second state to create a court specifically for dealing with environmental matters (the other state being Vermont).

Professor Pring stated, "We have a real proliferation of environmental courts around the world, and it's not just the rich countries doing it, by any measure. We watched them in Bangladesh, for heaven's sakes. Such courts work better in some jurisdictions than in others. When they do work, the special courts save money and get complex cases through the system faster."

For more information about the benefits and call for an environmental court in Hawaii, visit the following Associated Press article: Hawaii Considers Establishing an Environmental Court

Friday, February 21, 2014

Obama Administration Pushes for More Efficient Delivery Trucks

Safeway Delivery Truck
Photo Courtesy Paul Sullivan 
President Barack Obama spoke on Tuesday regarding climate change and linked it to a need for reduced fuel consumption. He stated that his administration intends to create stronger fuel-efficiency standards in March of 2016 for delivery trucks.

Heavy-duty, delivery trucks currently comprise just 4% of the vehicles on the nation's roadways, yet are responsible fore about 20% of the climate changing gases created by the transportation sector. President Obama sees this as an opportunity to enact meaningful climate change.

He outlined three powerful benefits/incentives for the reduced emission standards during his speach on Tuesday: 1) The U.S. will become less dependent on imported oil. 2) The reduced shipping costs will translate into savings for consumers. 3) The reduced emissions will reduce the amount of greenhouse gas in the atmosphere, which is blamed for global warming.

Safeway has set itself as a leader on the issue; spending money on cleaner, more efficient trucks.The company has also improved truck aerodynamics and is using better tires and trailers. Safeway has long been committed to operating its business in the most environmentally responsible and fuel efficient manner.

The Department of Transportation and the Environmental Protection Agency are currently developing new standards for the 2018 vehicle model year. The new, March 2016 emission standards would exist in addition to the yearly model standards.