Presents the EENR Speaker Series for Spring 2014

The Legal and Regulatory Treatment of Carbon Capture and Storage
Projects in Alberta, Canada

Nigel Bankes
Professor Nigel Bankes

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The EENR Center is proud to welcome Professor Nigel Bankes, the Chair of Natural Resource Law at Calgary and its Graduate Program Director, to speak on the legal and regulatory treatment of carbon capture and storage projects in Alberta, Canada. Professor Bankes will examine the property, regulatory, liability, and greenhouse gas accounting issues in relation to CCS projects in Alberta, and his presentation will cover both pure disposal projects (i.e. saline aquifer projects) as well as enhanced oil recovery projects. Given the shale energy revolution in the United States and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s pending regulations to require carbon capture and storage at coal-fired power plants, Canada’s experiences and insights offer a timely and welcome perspective.

Nigel Bankes is a Professor of Law at the University of Calgary where he has taught since 1984 and where he now holds the chair in natural resources law. He also holds an adjunct appointment at the University of Tromsø, Norway where he teaches comparative energy law. His principal research interests are in the areas of indigenous peoples law, water law, oil and gas and energy law, and international environmental law. In recent years he has written extensively on the legal and regulatory issues associated with carbon capture and storage (CCS). He served as a member of the steering committee for the Province of Alberta’s Regulatory Framework Assessment for CCS activities.

The EENR Center Speaker Series is made possible through the generous support of Bracewell & Giuliani LLP, Vinson & Elkins LLP, Blackburn Carter, P.C. and the Environmental & Natural Resources Law Section of the State Bar of Texas.


Presents the EENR Speaker Series for Spring 2014

“Allocating Energy Governance”

Hannah Wiseman
Professor Hannah Wiseman

Thursday, February 20, 2014

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As the United States produces more of its own energy resources, land use and nuisance-based issues associated with energy development have heightened conflicts between state and local governments. Professor Wiseman will apply concepts from traditional federalism to the state and local level, suggesting where we might locate authority over expanding energy infrastructure and operations. She has written extensively on these issues as they relate to both hydraulic fracturing and renewable energy development. She currently teaches at Florida State University College of Law. Please RSVP to

The EENR Center Speaker Series is made possible through the generous support of Bracewell & Giuliani LLP, Vinson & Elkins LLP, Blackburn Carter, P.C. and the Environmental & Natural Resources Law Section of the State Bar of Texas.


Fall 2013 EENR Speaker Series

November 14, 2013
“EPA in the Rearview Mirror”

The final lecture of the series, features Scott Fulton, EPA’s general
counsel from 2009 to 2013. The lecture will be one of his first since
leaving the EPA. Fulton is now a partner in the firm of Beveridge &
Diamond in its Washington office.

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October 28, 2013
“The Future of Texas Water Law and Policy”

The lecture features Carlos Rubinstein, chairman of the newly
reconstituted Texas Water Development Board. Rubinstein served
as a commissioner of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality before his recent appointment to the TWDB.

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October 16, 2013
“The Social Cost of Carbon - A View from Both Sides”

The kick-off presentation features David Bookbinder, former chief climate counsel of the Sierra Club, and David Bailey, former global climate policy manager for ExxonMobil, both now with Element VI Consulting.

Speakers: David Bookbinder & David Bailey
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