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Presenter: Matthew Dobbins and 4 more

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Houston, TX

Marriott West Loop - By the Galleria
1750 West Loop South
Houston, TX 77027
Phone: 713-960-0111

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Registration:                        8:00 - 8:30 am

Morning Session:                8:30 am - 12:15 pm

Lunch (On your own):         12:15 - 1:15 pm

Afternoon Session:             1:15 - 4:00 pm

Texas Air Permitting Regulations and Process D. Worrell

   Texas’s public participation process – anticipating the public meeting
   First and second notice – expediting the application
   Texas’s unique contested case hearing process – how to plan for the worst and be ready for the best
   Texas Air Permit 101 – standard exemptions, PBRs, standard air permits, and NSD/PSD/Title V

 TCEQ Air Quality Monitoring N. Martin

   Overview of TCEQ’s air monitoring network
   State and federal monitoring update
   Update on Texas air quality planning activities
   Texas stack testing requirements and compliance

 Attainment Status for Criteria Air Pollutants J. Keane

   Recent ozone NAAQS developments affecting Houston and Dallas/Fort Worth
   SO? NAAQS lawsuits and agency actions in Texas
   Other criteria pollutant developments

 Current Issues in Oil and Gas Air Permitting M. Dobbins

   Regulations surrounding fugitive emissions and excess emission events
   Federal regulations and standards
   State regulations and standards
   EPA audits and Texas state environmental audit law
   Developments in TCEQ standards

 Air Emissions Compliance: Liability Mitigation and Enforcement Defense Strategies G. Pels

   Facility auditing techniques pre- and post-acquisition approaches
   Potential impact of EPA’s proposed new source review reform rule
   Federal and state immunity and penalty mitigation programs: trends and techniques
   Pre-acquisition drafting tools

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Attorneys
  • Engineers

     6.0 Texas CLE Hours
     6.0 TBLS Real Estate Specialization Hours
Professional Engineers
     6.0 PDHs

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public. The State Bar of Texas has approved HalfMoon Education as a CLE provider for attorneys. This course offers 6.0 CLE hours. The Texas Board of Legal Specialization has approved 6.0 Real Estate specialization hours for attorneys.

This seminar offers 6.0 PDHs to Texas professional engineers to whom the subject matter is professionally relevant. Educators and courses are not subject to preapproval in Texas.

Attendance will be monitored and reported, as required. 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.


Matthew Dobbins

Matthew Dobbins is a senior associate at Vinson & Elkins LLP.  His practice focuses on complex regulatory counseling, remedial issues, environmental litigation, climate change, and transactional support.  He frequently directs environmental, health, and safety compliance audits on behalf of clients and advises on air quality, water quality, CERCLA, RCRA, and fuel quality regulations, as well as state and federal remediation requirements.  With respect to environmental litigation, Mr. Dobbins routinely both defends and pursues environmental indemnification claims on behalf of clients, and he also has experience responding to industrial incidents.  In addition, he has extensive experience advising clients on the resolution of environmental liabilities identified in the course of transactions, including risk-counseling and assessing barriers to entry, obtaining environmental or representation and warranties insurance, and the drafting and negotiating of the environmental terms in various types of agreements.

Jennifer Keane

Jennifer Keane, a partner at Baker Botts LLP, represents industry groups and companies, focusing on the regulatory aspects of environmental law, particularly Clean Air Act issues.  She counsels clients throughout the United States on permitting, auditing, enforcement and compliance matters, and she participates in state and federal negotiations aimed at establishing equitable standards for industry.  Ms. Keane also assists companies seeking to protect trade secret and confidential business information under the Texas Public Information Act and other state and federal freedom of information acts.

Natasha J. Martin

Natasha J. Martin, an associate at Graves Dougherty Hearon & Moody, P.C., practices environmental and utility law.  She represents clients in contested cases and complaint proceedings before the Texas Commission of Environmental Quality (TCEQ), Public Utility Commission of Texas, and State Office of Administrative Hearings.  She counsels clients on regulatory permitting and enforcement issues on primarily air, water, and wastewater permits and applications.  Prior to law school, Ms. Martin worked as a technical air permit reviewer in the TCEQ Air Permits Division where she reviewed mechanical and agricultural air permit applications in accordance with state and federal laws.

Gerald J. Pels

Gerald J. Pels is a partner at Locke Lord LLP and chair of the Firm-wide Environmental Section - Energy and Industrial.  During his career, Mr. Pels has consistently led teams working on cutting edge matters of environmental law, including arguing Clean Air Act issues before the 5th Circuit in litigation involving the Texas SIP and resolving the well-known Cooper v. Aviall litigation.  His wide range of experience includes environmental dispute resolution; assessing and counseling air, water, stormwater, and waste permit compliance; and participating in agency negotiations; as well as representing clients at contested permit, enforcement, and other hearings.  He has assisted clients with nationwide air permitting compliance initiatives, as well as strategic air permitting of chemical, waste management, oil and gas, food processing, and refinery operations across the country.  He has also defended clients against state-wide and basin-wide air enforcement actions and has been called upon to lead litigation teams and internal environmental investigations and to provide strategic guidance on corporate compliance policies, sustainability initiatives, stakeholder involvement and community relations planning, as well as corporate risk assessment and mitigation.  Mr. Pels has been consistently recognized in Chambers USA since 2004 as well as in The Best Lawyers in America for environmental law.

Danny G. Worrell

Danny G. Worrell, a partner at Baker Botts LLP, helps companies obtain environmental permits, comply with environmental laws and defend themselves in environmental cases and investigations. Many of his clients are manufacturers, but Mr. Worrell has counseled a wide variety of companies facing environmental issues, working with them on project development and in many other ways to minimize their environmental liability. His counsel runs the gamut, from obtaining permits and creating compliance programs to defending companies in large multi-party lawsuits and proceedings before regulatory agencies. He is also very experienced in representing companies in highly contested permitting and enforcement proceedings. Before practicing law, Mr. Worrell worked as a geologist for ARCO Oil and Gas.

Tuition Costs:

Standard Tuition: $289.00
Online Tuition (pre-registration): $289.00
Group Prices
3 or more People: $269.00

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