7th Law of Shale Plays Conference

  • September 7, 2016 (All day)
Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station Square
300 W. Station Square Dr.
Pittsburgh, PA 15219


Wednesday, September 7

7:30 am


8:30 am

Welcome, Overview and Introductions

Conference Co-Chairs

  • Sharon O. Flanery, Steptoe & Johnson PLLC, Charleston, WV
  • Erin W. McDowell, Range Resources – Appalachia, LLC, Canonsburg, PA

8:45 am

Navigating Market Headwinds: How We Got Here and Where We are Going

Mr. Degner will take a look back on the development of the Marcellus Shale play, how the industry has progressed from early development through today, and how that progression, including new technologies and efficiencies, has led to many successes even in a depressed pricing environment. Mr. Degner will focus on the efficiencies that Range has made and continues to make through its operations as well as Range's diversified gas marketing portfolio and discuss current and emerging market trends.

  • Dennis Degner, Vice-President of Southern Marcellus Shale Division, Range Resources Corporation, Canonsburg, PA

9:30 am

Regulation of the Oil and Gas Industry: A Governmental Perspective

This panel will focus on environmental regulatory issues that are critical to successful oil and gas development in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. In addition, the panel will discuss regulatory issues or approaches that are unique to each jurisdiction.


  • Katharine Fredriksen, CONSOL Energy, Inc., Canonsburg, PA


  • Kristin A. Boggs, General Counsel, West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, Charleston, WV
  • Richard Watling, Assistant Counsel, Office of Oil and Gas Management, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Michael Williams, Chief Legal Counsel, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Columbus, OH

10:45 am


11:00 am

Regulation, Regulation and More Regulation – The SEC Piles On with New Rules and Guidance Impacting Publicly-Traded Energy Companies

The session will address recent developments relating to SEC disclosure and reporting topics impacting energy companies, including reserve reporting, resource extraction, and climate change disclosure issues, as well as SEC responses to shareholder activism relating to environmental matters.

  • Amy I. Pandit, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Celia A. Soehner, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, Pittsburgh, PA

11:45 am

Five Essential Rules for a Reduction-In-Force

With continuing contraction in energy markets, reductions-in-force remain a fact of life in the industry. Making the right choices on employment challenges can be the difference between millions in liability or millions in savings. Rachel Steely and Mark Konkel will discuss five essential considerations that can make the difference, from WARN Act considerations to newly enacted overtime pay regulations.

  • Mark Konkel, Kelley Drye & Warren LLP, New York, NY
  • Rachel Powitzky Steely, Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP, Houston, TX

12:30 pm


1:00 pm

Lunch Presentation

Energy Today: How It’s Shaping the U.S. Economy and Policy

Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison
Bracewell LLP
Dallas, Texas

1:45 pm

The Big Reach: What You Need to Know About PHMSA's Mega-Rule for Gas Gathering and Transmission Lines

Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration ("PHMSA") published a long-anticipated rulemaking proposal for gas gathering and transmission lines. More than four years in the making, the proposed rules would significantly expand PHMSA's jurisdiction over gas gathering lines and add several new requirements to the gas transmission line regulations in response to recent congressional mandates and National Transportation Safety Board recommendations. A former PHMSA Attorney Advisor and Member of the Pennsylvania Governor's Pipeline Infrastructure Task Force will discuss the implications of PHMSA's rulemaking proposal, which arguably represents the most comprehensive overhaul of the federal gas pipeline safety program in the four decades since its creation.

  • Keith Coyle, Babst, Calland, Clements and Zomnir, P.C., Washington, D.C.

2:15 pm

Opportunities, Risks and New Developments in the Distressed Oil and Gas Industry

The oil and gas industry is laboring under historic declines in commodity prices with little certainty for near-term recovery. This global economic trend coupled with maturing debts have led to multiple E&P company bankruptcies, and undoubtedly will continue to impact midstream and related oilfield service companies. With more restructurings anticipated in 2016 and beyond, borrowers, creditors and investors will need to understand the risks of the oil and gas marketplace − and devise creative solutions for the opportunities that present themselves.


  • Ryan T. Purpura, McGuireWoods LLP, Pittsburgh, PA


  • Omar J. Alaniz, Baker Botts L.L.P., Dallas, TX
  • Becky A. Roof, AlixPartners, LLP, New York, NY
  • John H. Thompson, McGuireWoods LLP, Washington, D.C.

3:15 pm


3:30 pm

Litigation Update – Hot Topics and Future Disputes

The oil and gas industry’s rapid growth over the past decade has required courts across the United States to consistently address novel legal issues impacting oil and gas development. This panel of seasoned trial attorneys will present and discuss important judicial developments in oil and gas law from multiple jurisdictions, including current litigation trends.


  • Cole T. DeLancey, Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation, Pittsburgh, PA


  • W. Henry Lawrence, Steptoe & Johnson PLLC, Bridgeport, WV
  • Gregory D. Russell, Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, Columbus, OH
  • Nicolle R. Snyder Bagnell, Reed Smith LLP, Pittsburgh, PA

5:00 pm

Networking Reception

Thursday, September 8

8:20 am


  • Conference Co-Chairs

8:30 am

Insights and Advice from General Counsel

This panel of senior industry lawyers will address the concerns of general counsel in operating and developing shale plays given the current price and industry challenges.


  • Erin W. McDowell, Range Resources – Appalachia LLC, Canonsburg, PA


  • Robert W. Kelly II, Ascent Resources, LLC, Oklahoma City, OK
  • Jennifer L. McDonough, Senior VP, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Rex Energy, State College, PA
  • David P. Poole, Range Resources Corporation, Fort Worth, TX
  • Yvette Karlene Schultz, Antero Resources, Denver, CO

9:45 am

Private Equity and M&A in Distressed Environment

The session will include a discussion of the capital raising environment in a distressed commodity market, including private debt and equity or equity-like arrangements, including interests in oil and gas assets (joint ventures or otherwise), production payments, as well as public capital raise options.

  • David Cecere, Tailwater Capital LLC, Dallas, TX
  • Greg Matlock, EY, Houston, TX
  • Bill Swanstrom, Locke Lord LLP, Houston, TX

10:30 am


10:45 am

Cyber-Security Risks and the Shale Industry: What is Your Exposure?

This panel will first identify the specific cyber security threats facing the Shale Industry, the potential consequences of a data security incident, the laws and regulations that should be considered and preparing for and responding to regulatory cybersecurity incidents. Specific topics to be covered shall include insuring cyber-security risks, cybersecurity and law enforcement, challenges for compliance officers, and board oversight of cybersecurity risk management.

  • Gerald Ferguson, Baker & Hostetler LLP, New York, NY
  • Samuel Rosenthal, Squire Patton Boggs, Washington, D.C.

11:45 am

Multijurisdictional Practice: The Ethics of Practicing Here, There and Anywhere

Practice of law for most attorneys in the U.S. today is truly multijurisdictional, with legal services and their impacts in multiple states - including physical or virtual presence in states in which the lawyer is not admitted to practice. Unauthorized practice can result in disciplinary action and even criminal prosecution. This session will explore current and anticipated developments in this evolving area.

  • David G. Ries, Clark Hill PLC, Pittsburgh, PA

12:45 pm


Presented by the Institute for Energy Law and the Energy & Mineral Law Foundation (EMLF).


(304) 353-8155
Charleston, WV
(304) 933-8186
Bridgeport, WV
(304) 933-8120
Bridgeport, WV


Justin L. Fisher
(304) 353-8117
Charleston, WV
Bridget D. Furbee
(304) 933-8117
Bridgeport, WV
Benedict J. Kirchner
Of Counsel
(814) 333-4910
Meadville, PA
Jennifer R. Mosesso
(724) 749-3185
Southpointe, PA
Alexandria Lay Sears
(304) 353-8120
Charleston, WV


Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station Square - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
300 W. Station Square Dr.
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
(412) 261-2000