Friday, December 21, 2012
Chris Hansen, director of product management for energy at IHS and chair of the CEC's Competitive Analysis Committee said in a news release, "While many states are typically strong in either fossil fuels or renewables, Colorado is fortunate to have rich and abundant resources in both aspects, making it an energy leader in the United States and worldwide."
The study also ranks Colorado fourth in installed solar capacity, fifth in natural gas production, and ninth in installed wind capacity. "The study shows that Colorado's abundant natural resources, aggressive policies, growing energy employment, and industry leadership make it an attractive state for new and expanding energy companies," the CEC said.
You can find the executive summary of the report here, and the full report here.
Friday, December 14, 2012
Most groundwater contamination occurs from surface spills during initial drilling; not from fracking activities. Residents near oil and gas development fear groundwater contamination because petroleum material contains benzene, which causes cancer. The new regulations would bring about more accountability, but might bring economic hardship to the state as well.
The proposed regulations are creating investment concerns. "Folks realize there's going to be a testing program," Colorado Petroleum Association President Stan Dempsey said. "It has to be done the right way. If the regulatory situation isn't as certain in Colorado as in another state, (company) investment dollars could flow to another part of the country or another part of the world."
However, oil and gas development companies will also experience benefits as residents will become more comfortable with development through the more rigorous standards. "It is a very rigorous standard," Environmental Defense Fund, Regional Director Dan Grossman said. "If you put in a robust system, you can bolster confidence of people in the state that these actions are being done responsibly."
Colorado Oil and Gas Statistics*
- There are 49,236 active wells statewide
- This number is up 31% since 2008
· Weld County- 17,844 active wells
- 40% of spills in this county have reached groundwater
Friday, December 7, 2012
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Why did you choose the University of Denver's Graduate Environmental and Natural Resources Law and Policy Program?
I decided to undertake the program basically for two reasons. First, I am a lecturer at the Faculty of Law, University of Benin, in Nigeria, where I was involved in research into various aspects of Environmental Law. Furthermore, I am the litigating counsel for Climate Change Africa (CCA), a non-governmental organization in Nigeria committed to advocating for the protection of the environment and natural resources. My friends in Nigeria recommended the University of Denver to me as a place where I can acquire the academic knowledge and training needed to succeed in this endeavor.
What do you like about the program?
I like the small size of the class which enables the professors to teach and relate with students on a personal level. I also like the crop of smart, dedicated and intelligent professors who are always willing and available to impact knowledge. Lastly, Prof. Don Smith and Lucy Daberkow are a balancing factor in the program. They are patient, understanding and always available to provide an atmosphere which would enable students get the best from the program.
What advice do you have for prospective applicants?
My advice to prospective applicant is that if they wish to acquire knowledge in a first class university outstanding and committed to teaching and research into various aspects of interesting courses like International and Comparative Mining Law, Natural Resources Law, Oil and Gas Law and Energy Law, they should think of no other university than the University of Denver.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
The resources required to produce enough turkey supply to meet demand is surprising. Nearly 105 billion gallons of water is needed, which is enough to supply New York City’s water needs for over 100 days.
Let’s consider the cost of producing turkey per pound: The resources required to produce each pound of turkey is equivalent to a car driven 11 miles and a 130 minute shower. Producing one pound of turkey meat creates 5kg of CO2 emissions and uses 520 gallons of water according to the Environmental Working Group.
The National Resources Defense Council has determined that Americans will buy 581 million pounds of turkey meat for Thanksgiving this year, but will end up throwing out more than a third of it. Turkey waste may reach $282 million which contributes to the $165 billion of uneaten food that Americans waste per year.
“It’s really shocking to think that we are wasting so much food when we could be feeding our own population," says Dana Gunders, Food and Agriculture Project Scientist at the NRDC. "We estimate that if we were to reduce food waste by 15 percent, that would be equivalent to the amount of food needed to feed 25 million Americans, those who are going hungry.”
Greely Colorado’s Water Conservation Program estimates that it takes over 40,000 gallons of water to produce the food and prepare Thanksgiving dinner for eight. They have offered a few tips to help conserve water when cooking tomorrow’s feast.
Turkey Facts: wild turkeys can run up to 25 miles per hour and their gobbles can be heard up to a mile away.
For more information and ideas to help reduce waste this Thanksgiving visit The Daily Meal.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Prior to completing her Masters in Resource Law Studies from the Sturm College of Law, Sherry Manning served as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in the Philippines from 2006-2008. She is the Founder and Executive Director of Friends of ENCA Farm. To learn more about their work in the Philippines please visit www.encaorganicfarm.com.
Friday, November 9, 2012
Ms. Ahmad and Ms. Disney came with Professor Cecilia Dalupan to share the mission, projects and programs of the Sustainable Development Strategies Group (SDSG). They also highlighted internship opportunities available for students.
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Colorado wind power capacity is set to grow by 26% before the year ends. The American Wind Energy Association states that with current development plans, the states totally capacity for wind power will grow from 1,805 megawattts to 2,272 megawatts. This energy output would provide enough power to support 568,000 homes.
Xcel Energy opened two new wind farms on October 22nd, Limon I and Limon II. President and CEO of Xcel’s Colorado subsidiary, Public Service Co. of Colorado, David Eves said, “They offer some of the lowest-priced wind energy we’ve seen. And they demonstrate that renewable energy can compete on an economic basis with more traditional forms of generation fuel. They also help us meet the state’s Renewable Energy Standard at a very reasonable cost to our customers.”
This surge of wind powered energy generation stems from the Production Tax Credit (PTC), which is set to expire at the end of this year. Wind farm operators are in a hurry to become operational before the end of the year because they risk losing the assistance of the PTC, which pays $22 for every megawatt hour of energy generated.
President Barack Obama has said he supports extending the tax credit while Gov. Mitt Romney has said he favors letting the credit expire as scheduled. If you are interested in more information about The Election's Impact on Natural Resources Law and Policy, attend a free event by the same name taking place at DU’s College of Law on November 13th!
Graduate Program Assistant
Friday, October 26, 2012
Recently, three individuals associated with Denver Law's Environmental & Natural Resources Program met in Papua New Guinea.
Cecilia Dalupan and Kristi Disney, of the Sustainable Development Strategies Group, met with Jeklin Talonu, Deputy State Solicitor in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.
Ms. Dalupan is an Adjunct Professor at Denver Law where she teaches in the Sustainable Natural Resources Development Series of courses. Ms. Disney is a 2011 JD and LLM graduate of Denver Law. Ms. Talonu is a 2008 LLM graduate of Denver Law.
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
All incoming international and master's degree students take an American Legal Systems class to help them prepare for the upper-level law school classes they are about to take. This is the first semester that the course included two lunch hour workshops discussing how to adapt to new and different cultures.
Communication today is characterized by an increasing amount of contacts between people with diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds. The ENRGP 2012 class represents over a dozen countries, from Indonesia to Chile. Intercultural communication is on the rise in the classroom as well as in the business sphere.
Today's students must be adept at intercultural communication if they wish to be successful in their work. This is especially true for many of our environmental and natural resource students who will go on to work internationally. Communication between these actors should be as constructive and precise as possible.
These workshops were taught by our very own Lucy Daberkow, (pictured above) Associate Administrative Director of the Environmental and Natural Resources Law and Policy Program, who is an expert in intercultural communication, applied linguistics, and English as a second language. She was able to engage the students through her ability to relate to the international students' experiences of adapting to life in the US. She focused her discussions on identifying levels of intercultural communication and awareness, and then outlining cultural backgrounds and motivations for differences. The workshops concluded with a discussion on how best to bridge these intercultural differences.
The lunch seminars were lighthearted and engaging. The students enjoyed the opportunity to openly discuss their cultures. They also bonded over the similar barriers they were experiencing to adapting to life in the US. The discussion of gender roles proved to be one of the most interesting for the group.
It is our hope that we can continue to offer intercultural communication seminars to our students, both international and domestic. Our students should receive every advantage as they complete our program and we are proud to say that intercultural communication is a skill we value and would like to share.
Monday, October 15, 2012
ENRL Director Don Smith Attends IBA Annual Meeting in his Role as Editor of the Journal of Energy and Natural Resources Law
Mr. Smith edits the Journal of Energy and Natural Resources Law for the IBA's Section on Energy, Environment, Natural Resources and Infrastructure Law (SEERIL).
While in Dublin he met with SEERIL's governing council to talk about the Journal. He also met with Professor Aileen McHarg, who teaches at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland, and chairs the Journal's Editorial Advisory Committee.
"Attending the Annual Meeting was a wonderful opportunity to me to commission cutting-edge articles for the Journal as well as meet the individuals from around the world whose work in the fields of energy and natural resources will have an impact on how these sectors are approached in the future," he said. "I met with leading oil and gas, energy, and mining law practitioners from all around the globe."
He said, "There is no substitute for meeting face-to-face with these leaders. These meetings inform my teaching and my leadership of Denver Law's Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program."
Saturday, October 13, 2012
Denver Law Hosts Second Annual Renewable Energy Law & Policy Summit on October 19, 2012; National Leaders Convene to Discuss the Current State of the Renewable Energy Sector
The opening keynote address will be made by former Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter Jr, who directs the Center for the New Energy Economy at Colorado State University. The luncheon keynote address will feature Dr. Susan Tierney, Managing Principal at the Analysis Group in Boston.
The program also includes four panels, which will address many of the most important issues being considered today in the renewable energy development community:
- Renewable Energy and the U.S. Military
- The Role the Media Plays in Influencing Renewable Energy Policy
- How are Municipalities Driving the Development of Renewable Energy
- Renewable Portfolio Standards at 10: Where Have we Been? Where are we Going?
Don Smith, director of Denver Law's Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program, said, "It is a great honor for Denver Law to organize this event for the second year. Denver and Colorado are centers of excellence for renewable energy, and Denver Law takes seriously our role to convene national leaders to discuss this important energy sector.
"We are especially appreciative of our sponsors: Holland and Hart, the presenting and founding sponsor; Welborn Sullivan Meck and Tooley PC, the breakfast and morning keynote address sponsor; and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, a supporting sponsor. Their involvement and support makes this event possible and illustrates the leadership they are providing in the renewable energy sector," Mr. Smith said.
To register for the Renewable Energy Law & Policy Summit, please click here.
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
All 193 UN member governments have signed and ratified the CBD and are a party to it. The objectives of the CBD "are the conservation of biological diversity, the sustainable use of its components and the fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising out of the utilization of genetic resources, including by appropriate access to genetic resources and by appropriate transfer of relevant technologies, taking into account all rights over those resources and to technologies, and by appropriate funding."
The Conference in India is set to discuss progress in the achievement of biodiversity goals as well as problems and challenges faced in the implementation of the CBD. The last conference was held in Nagoya, Japan, two years ago. The main focus rested on reducing the rate of loss of the planet's natural habitats.
The World Wildlife Fund reported that countries have failed to deliver on commitments made in Japan. "Governments can only be serious about these targets if they are prepared to invest in achieving them. We need to see richer countries helping poorer countries and all countries increasing their domestic budgets," Rolf Hogan, biodiversity policy coordinator at the WWF said.
Julia Marton-Lefevre, director general of the International Union for Conservation of Nature stated, "We need to keep the momentum going, Biodiversity loss continues and has breached safe planetary boundaries. It's time for a serious check-up on progress we've made to turn the big plan into big action."
Friday, October 5, 2012
Idealist has been hosting Grad School Fairs across the country. These events are free and open to the public. Graduate schools with programs in areas such as public policy, international affairs, global and public health, theology, education, social work, nonprofit management, and environmental science. On Monday, they can add Environmental and Natural Resources Law to their list featured areas.
The event is free, but Idealist is anticipating large crowds. If you are intersted in attending and learning more about our program please RSVP.
Still not sure? Here is a short video of an Idealist Grad Fair.
If you are interested, but do not live in the Denver area, idealist.org/gradfairs can locate a fair in your area.
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
The campus has been going through security transformations all week. The entire area is blocked off and shut down including a portion of I25. More than 5,000 people are expected to attend DebateFest. This is a free outdoor event which will air the debate on giant screens. The event will also feature live music, family activities, tabling for organizations and a food truck rally.
“We’ve been told that since it is the first debate of the series, involving a sitting president and taking place at such a critical time for world and national affairs,” observes Chancellor Robert Coombe, “the debate at the University of Denver may be one of the highest-rated television programs in all of 2012, approaching the numbers of the Super Bowl.”
You can watch the debate live on C-SPAN's website.
Monday, October 1, 2012
|Left to right: Annie Oman (MRLS student from US),|
Professor Justin Pidot, Lucy Daberkow,
Sergio Sanz (LLM student from Mexico)
|Left to right: Iman and Taim (wife and son of MRLS student Ayman from |
Saudi Arabia), Lucy Daberkow and daughters,
Victoria Okweze (LLM student from
Nigeria), Isabel and Santi (wife and son of LLM student Matias from Chile)
Environmental and Natural Resources Law Graduate Program Directors Don Smith and Lucy Daberkow recently hosted a get together for all the new and continuing students in the Environmental and Natural Resources Law and Policy program. Students from Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Iraq, Mexico, Nigeria, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, and the US were in attendance. The students enjoyed an evening of fun and conversation and had the opportunity to interact with several of their professors: Adjunct Prof. Bill Brady, Adjuct Prof. Ken Jones, Prof. Kevin Lynch, Prof. Justin Pidot, and Adjunct Prof. Andy Reid.
Several languages could be heard throughout the evening, reminding us of the wonderful diversity in our program.
"The purpose of these events is to provide an opportunity to make our students feel at home and allow them to connect with other students and professors, many of whom will undoubtedly become lifelong friends. We are proud of our diversity at Denver Law, and we work each and every day to foster the inclusive links and professional and personal bonds that are the basis of respect and success in our modern world," Ms. Daberkow and Mr. Smith said.
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Paula A. Campos Named as Denver Law's 2013 Distinguished Natural Resources Practitioner in Residence; Will Teach Spring 2013 Course
The announcement was made by Professor Jan Laitos, the John A. Carver Jr. Professor at Denver Law.
The Distinguished Natural Resources Practitioner in Residence Seminar is a "capstone seminar" taught each year by a prominent natural resources or environmental law lawyer who has extensive experience in energy, resources, or environmental law work. The focus of the seminar is on skills training, where the skills taught are those that all lawyers need in order to have a successful career in the practice of law.
At the Environmental Defense Fund Ms. Campos handles litigation, regulatory, and policy matters on climate and air quality issues. She is responsible for cases in U.S. federal courts, the courts of the United Kingdom and the European Union, and state public utility commissions.
Before joining EDF Ms. Campos was deputy legal counsel to former Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter Jr.
Saturday, September 22, 2012
Francisco Corona, Denver Law LLM in Environmental and Natural Resources Law Graduate and Santiago, Chile, Attorney, Meets With Don Smith
Mr. Corona is a natural resources law attorney for Carey y Cia, one of the leading law firms in South America. He also serves as an Assistant Professor of Mining Law at the University of Chile School of Law in Santiago.
Mr. Smith said, "It is always a great pleasure, as I travel around the world, to meet with Denver Law LLM graduates. Francisco's practice in Santiago reflects his expertise in the mining field. All of us in Denver wish him much good luck (buena suerte) in his career!"
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
The case involves a 2007 decision by the National Park Service regarding the management of Rocky Mountain National Park. The Park has an excess of elk, which have degraded the quality of willow and aspen habitat from overgrazing.
The Park Service decided to use "volunteer" sharpshooters to "cull" elk in the Park for the next 20 years. The Environmental Law Clinic's client, WildEarth Guardians, has challenged this decision on the grounds that the government should have considered reintroducing wolves into the Park to restore the natural elk-predator balance. In addition, the Appellant argues that the use of volunteer hunters to cull the elk population violates the Congressional ban on hunting in the Park.
DU Law community members are welcome to attend the 10th Circuit oral arguments. The CU organizers suggest that attendees get there early to ensure that they get through security and get a seat. They also suggest that attendees park in lot 308 for $8 cash/person.
Monday, September 17, 2012
Denver Law Students Elisabeth Hutchinson and Robert N. Miller II win Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Scholarships
Elisabeth A. Hutchinson was awarded two scholarships from the RMMLF, the Joe Rudd Scholarship as well as a RMMLF Scholarship, Robert N. Miller II was awarded a RMMLF Scholarship. The RMMLF Scholarship program is an especially significant one since the Foundation includes the best natural resources practitioners from the U.S. and Canada as well as from all around the world.
Don Smith, Director of Denver Law's Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program said, "Few scholarships in the natural resources field are as prestigious as those awarded by the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation. For that reason, we are particularly proud of Ms. Hutchinson and Mr. Miller's recognition."
Scholarships awarded by the RMMLF support well-qualified law students who have the potential to make significant contributions to scholarship in natural resources law. The Rudd Scholarship Program was established in 1980 in honor of Joe Rudd, a prominent natural resources attorney in Alaska. The RMMLF Scholarships were established in 1993.
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
|2011-2012 Environmental and |
Natural Resources Law
Among the report's contents include an overview of the new JD certificate program that recognizes JD students who specialize in environmental and natural resources law, faculty scholarship highlights, coverage of major events, a description about how experiential learning plays a major role in the program, the publications associated with the program, and an overview of the Ricketson Law Building, one of the greenest and finest buildings of its kind in the nation.
Don Smith, Director of the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program, said, "The publication of the Annual Report is a milestone in the history of this great program. It showcases the many important achievements that are taking place at Denver Law as well as highlights the work of our outstanding full-time faculty members and adjunct professors.
The Annual Report clearly illustrates why Denver Law is in the upper echelon of law schools when it comes to the study of environmental and natural resources law."
To see an electronic version of the report, please click here.
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