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Presenter: Anthony R. Holtzman and 5 more

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Harrisburg, PA

Red Lion Harrisburg Hershey
Harrisburg, PA 17111
Phone: 717-939-7841

This seminar is closed or full.


Registration:                        8:00 - 8:30 am

Morning Session:                8:30 - 11:45 am

Lunch (On your own):         11:45 am - 12:45 pm

Afternoon Session:             12:45 - 4:30 pm

Development of Water Laws: Quantity, Quality and Usage
M. Wendaur

   Development of the common law of water rights
   Statutory and regulatory limits on the exercise of water rights
   Federal, state and local regulators
   Development of the law on water quality preservation
   Comprehensive water planning

Understanding Pennsylvania Surface and Ground Water Rights
M. Wendaur

   Ownership of surface/ground water
   Regulation of surface/ground water rights
   Obtaining surface/ground water rights
   Application and permitting process
   Amending surface water rights
   Current issues in surface/ground water rights

Water Utility Regulation
J. Povilaitis, A. Seltzer

   Types of water utilities
   Regulation of utility service areas
   Application and permitting process for service areas
   Utility construction design standards and approvals
   Current issues in utility service area regulation

Complying with Water Quality Laws and Regulations
H. Wein

   State and federal water quality regulations
   Stormwater regulations
   Sewerage regulations
   Industrial and agricultural programs
   Public water supply
   Water wells

Energy Production: Potential Water Supply and Quality Issues
T. Macfarlan, A. Holtzman

   Water use in energy production
   Regulations applicable to conventionals v. renewables
   Water need, supply options and challenges
   Potential risks to groundwater and surface water
   Recent and pending litigation/enforcement cases

Current Issues with the Clean Water Act
T. Macfarlan, A. Holtzman

   Clean Water Act regulation under the Trump Administration
   “WOTUS” rule update
   Chesapeake Bay TMDL update
   Recent and pending Clean Water Act litigation/enforcement cases

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Attorneys
  • Engineers
  • Geologists/Geoscientists

     6.5 Pennsylvania CLE Hours
     7.5 New York CLE Hours
     6.5 Ohio CLE Hours

Engineers & Geologists
     6.5 PDHs

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public. It has been approved for 6.5 substantive CLE hours for Pennsylvania attorneys. The Ohio Commission on CLE has approved this seminar for 6.5 CLE hours.

HalfMoon Education is certified by the NY State CLE Board as an Accredited Provider of CLE programs. This traditional course offers 7.5 Areas of Professional Practice CLE hours, suitable for new and experienced attorneys.

This seminar offers 6.5 PDHs to professional engineers and geologists in Pennsylvania. Educators and courses are not subject to preapproval in Pennsylvania. It will qualify for continuing education credit in many other states. Refer to specific state rules to determine eligibility. Due to Pennsylvania-specific content, this program does not qualify for New York engineers.

Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available after the seminar for most individuals who complete the entire event. Attendance certificates not available at the seminar will be mailed to participants within fifteen business days.


Anthony R. Holtzman

Attorney at K&L Gates LLP

Mr. Holtzman’s practice is focused on environmental law, constitutional law, appellate litigation, gaming law, and commercial litigation. He represents energy industry clients in agency enforcement activities, allegations of water and surface contamination, property rights disputes, deed and contract interpretation issues, challenges to permits, and freedom of information laws. Mr. Holtzman advises energy industry clients on Pennsylvania and federal regulatory compliance issues, including stream crossing, spill remediation, waste processing, stormwater discharge, mechanical integrity, sensitive species, permitting, and reporting issues.

Tad J. Macfarlan

Associate at K&L Gates LLP

Mr. Macfarlan is an associate in the firm’s environment, land and natural resources practice group. He counsels energy, industrial, utility and commercial sector clients on compliance with federal, state and local environmental and land use laws. He works with regulatory regimes governing wastewater and stormwater discharges, wetland and stream protection, air emissions, solid and hazardous waste management, water withdrawals, chemical and toxic substance controls, release reporting and response, and preservation of endangered species, cultural resources and historic properties.

John F. Povilaitis

Attorney at Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC
Mr. Povilaitis focuses his practice on administrative law matters with special emphasis on energy, communications, water/wastewater and transportation public utility law. His practice ranges from proactive counseling to litigation before administrative agencies, and appellate matters before state and federal courts. With nearly 20 years of service for the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PaPUC), Mr. Povilaitis has significant regulatory experience in electricity, natural gas, water, transportation and communications law. After joining the Commission in 1978, he served as assistant counsel, federal division deputy chief counsel and first deputy chief counsel before assuming the position of chief counsel in 1989. Mr. Povilaitis served as the Commission’s counsel in the litigation that established the Pike County Doctrine. Since 1990, Mr. Povilaitis has been a course planner and speaker at the Pennsylvania Bar Institutes’s biannual Public Utility Law Conference and more recently he has served as a course planner for the biannual PaPUC Bench Bar Conference.

Alan M. Seltzer

Attorney at Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC
Mr. Seltzer focuses his practice on domestic and international electric and gas matters with a concentration on transactions and litigation/appellate matters before various state and federal courts and administrative agencies. He has actively represented public utilities and other stakeholders before the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission for 38 years, particularly in the areas of electricity, gas, water and transportation. His current emphasis is on obtaining the state regulatory approvals for the merger or acquisition of gas and electric utilities, and addressing the real estate, regulatory and financing phases of renewable energy project development. He is co-chair of the firm’s Power Generation, Renewable & Utility Practice Group.

Howard J. Wein

Attorney at Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC
Mr. Wein’s environmental practice has focused on assisting clients in a wide variety environmental areas, including important water quality, waste management, brownfields, energy and air quality matters at both the state and federal levels. He has handled major environmental litigation in Federal Court, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania and Pennsylvania’s Environmental Hearing Board. Mr. Wein’s litigation work for clients in the oil, gas, energy and natural resources industries has included cases under the Federal Clean Water Act, Pennsylvania Clean Streams Law, the Pennsylvania Non Coal and Coal Surface Mining Acts, the Solid Waste Management Act, the Federal Resource Conservation & Recovery Act, the Oil & Gas Act and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (the “Superfund Law”). Throughout his career, Mr. Wein has resolved matters with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) as well as state agencies in New York, Ohio, West Virginia and Delaware.

Mark Wendaur

Attorney at Wendaur Law, LLC
Mr. Wendaur is an attorney dedicated to the areas of energy, real estate, business, and litigation. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Geology and spent nearly a decade working with oil and gas developers before becoming an attorney. His law firm works with both real estate and energy developers to achieve their business goals.

Tuition Costs:

Standard Tuition: $279.00
Online Tuition (pre-registration): $279.00
Group Prices
3 or more people each: $259.00

Each registration includes one copy of a manual prepared by the seminar speakers.