27th Annual Environmental Law Conference

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Join us in Hot Springs, March 13-15, for the 62nd Natural Resources Institute Annual Conference in conjunction with 27th Environmental Law Annual Conference. 


The conference will be held at Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort. Natural Resources will have their section-specific track on Friday morning. The Arkansas Department of Energy and Environment will be presenting a joint session for both Natural Resources and Environmental Law on Thursday. There will also be a joint reception for both sections on Wednesday.


Register for both sessions and receive $100 discount!

Thank you to our sponsors!

Mitchell Williams

PPGMR Law, PLLC

Wright Lindsey Jennings

Planners:

  • Eli Bauer, Wright, Lindsey & Jennings LLP
  • Mitchell Dowden, Arkansas Department of Energy & EnvironmentLara Sargent, Arkansas Energy and Environment
  • Lara Sargent, Arkansas Energy and Environment

Wednesday March 13 – Environmental Only 


3.0 CLE Hours 


1:00pm – 2:00pm

E&E’s Self Disclosure and Confidential Business Information Process(es?) 
Tracy Rothermel 


2:00pm – 3:00pm 
Remediation after a Spill 
Diane Kilbourne, E&E Environmental Operations Manager AR Department of Energy & Environment 
• Addie McClain, E&E Inspector Supervisor, AR Department of Energy & Environment 


3:00pm – 3:15 
Break 


3:15pm – 4:15 pm 
TBA   

5:30pm – 7:30pm
Joint Reception with Environmental Law 


Thursday March 14 Morning – Joint CLE with Natural Resources 

 4.0 hours incl. 1 Ethics


7:30am – 8:00am

Breakfast

8:00am – 8:30am 
Legislative Update 
• Lauren Ballard, Chief of Staff Arkansas Energy and Environment
• Mike McAlister, Deputy Chief Counsel at Arkansas Department of Energy and Environment
• Dan Pilkington, Attorney, Arkansas Department of Energy and Environment


8:30am – 9:00am 
AOGC Abandoned and Orphan Wells Program

• Gary Looney, Assistant Director (El Dorado Office) Oil and Gas Commission
• Andrea Hopkins, Associate Energy Administrator- Arkansas Department of Energy and Environment


10:00am – 10:15am
Break


10:15am – 10:45am
Arkansas Infrastructure Strategic Investments (Opportunities under IIJA, IRA and CHIPS)
• Becky Keogh, State Infrastructure Coordinator, Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration 

10:45 – 11:45am
Ethics
• Emily Abbott, Executive Director for the Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission




Thursday, March 14 Afternoon - Environmental Only


3.0 CLE Hours 


12:00pm – 1:00pm
Lunch Provided 


1:00 pm -1:15 pm
Section Meeting 


1:00pm – 2:00pm 
TBA 


2:00pm – 3:00pm 


How to Be a BFP-F (Bona Fide Purchaser - Forever)  
• Mark Allison, Wright, Lindsey, & Jennings 


3:00pm – 3:15 
Break 


3:15pm – 4:15 pm 
Air Permitting 
• Paula Parker, Engineer Supervisor Arkansas Department of Energy and Environment 


Friday March 15 - Environmental Only 


3.0 CLE Hours 


8:00- 8:30am 
Breakfast 


8:30am – 9:30am 
Earthquakes 
• Scott Ausbrooks, Director of the Office of the State Geologist, Arkansas Department of Energy and Environment 


 
9:30am – 10:30am 
How low can you go?  Quantifying so-called forever chemicals with passive samplers to support the EPA health advisory levels 
•Professor Julian Fairey, Associate Professor and Graduate Coordinator, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Arkansas 


10:30-10:45
Break 


10:45-11:45 am 
TBA 
• Professor Sara Gosman, University of Arkansas School of Law 

 

Location

Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort
2705 Central Ave
Hot Springs, AR 71901
Starts:  Mar 13, 2024 09:00 AM (CT)
Ends:  Mar 15, 2024 05:00 PM (CT)