Beginning Nov. 13, ALI-CLE and the Environmental Law Institute offer a five-part series — via telephone or audio webcast — on shale drilling and hydraulic fracturing that offers an in-depth examination of the environmental law and policy issues facing companies, governments, activist groups, and citizens who are concerned about this critical area of our nation's energy infrastructure.
These seminars are designed as a "deep-dive" into this controversial area, putting politics aside and looking for the real legal and policy issues we face and searching for upcoming trends that may accelerate or slow the dramatic expansion in shale development in an environmentally responsible way. The faculty are the nation's foremost experts, and each panel will present a balance of perspectives. This series neither supports nor condemns development of shale oil and gas or the use of hydraulic fracturing or other innovations in extraction, but seeks to highlight the environmental legal and policy issues raised by the increasing extraction of shale oil and gas in many areas of the country.
The seminars are free to the press, but you must RSVP via the seminar website: http://goo.gl/rrWhT 
Tuesday, November 13, 2012 | 1:00-2:30 p.m. Eastern
Post-Election Law and Policy Directions for Shale Drilling
The outcome of the presidential and congressional elections will have implications for shale drilling and hydraulic fracturing even if there is not a significant shift in power.
This panel will give expert analysis of the federal legal and policy context for shale oil and gas, including:
- What are the policy and political headwinds and tailwinds for shale oil and gas and their extraction?
- Will gas continue at its current pricing?
- Where will Department of Interior regulations head?
- What initiatives is EPA undertaking?
- What is the future of natural gas exportation?
Peter Robertson, Senior Vice President, Legislative and Regulatory Affairs, America's Natural Gas Alliance, Washington, D.C. (moderator)
Michael Bloomquist, General Counsel, Energy and Commerce Committee, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, D.C.
Dan Utech, Deputy Director, White House Domestic Policy Council - Office of Energy and Climate Change, Washington, D.C.
David Neslin, Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP, Denver; former Director, Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Commission