Role of Localities and the Public in Shaping Drilling's Future - CLE, Continuing Legal Education - ALI
Role of Localities and the Public in Shaping Drilling's Future
  • Cosponsored by the Environmental Law Institute (ELI)
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Available Online: Online CLE | MP3 Audio Files | Coursebook

Why You Should Attend

There is significant focus on creating best practices and regulatory approaches to address the potential impacts of shale gas development. But the impacts on communities are not easily amenable to such regulation. These impacts may be best addressed by localities, which have traditionally had primacy in the land use arena. In some states, local governments have significant say over whether and how shale drilling takes place; in others, localities have little to none.

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What You Will Learn

This panel will examine the existing role of local governments, and search for likely trends in various jurisdictions, including:

Active litigation over the scope of local jurisdiction

Practical implications of local regulation

Legal issues regarding pre-emption, takings, and zoning

Role of local citizen activism in shaping gas development



This program is the fourth in a 5-part series, Environmental Impacts of Shale Development and Hydraulic Fracturing: Key Legal Issues and Future Directions, 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. Each program is taught by the nation’s foremost experts, and will present a balance of perspectives on the legal and policy issues, as well as upcoming trends that may accelerate or slow the dramatic expansion in shale development in an environmentally responsible way. Note that you do not have to participate in the entire series to benefit from the information provided in each individual program. Part five of the series, Litigation Environment for Drilling and Hydraulic Fracturing, will be on January 23.


Members of the Media: If you are interested in covering this event, please email the name of the program(s) and your contact information to Danielle Harkins at

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Planning Chair

Kate Sinding, Senior Attorney and Deputy Director, New York Urban Program, Natural Resources Defense Council, New York (moderator)





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Deborah Goldberg, Managing Attorney, Earthjustice, New York





John B. McFarland, Graves Dougherty Hearon & Moody, Austin, Texas





Jordan B. Yeager, Curtin & Heefner LLP, Doylestown, PA





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Program Schedule

All times Eastern

12:30 p.m.   Program Begins

2:00 p.m.   Adjournment

Total 60-minute hours of instruction: 1.5; total 50-minute hours, 1.8. For more information on CLE credits for a particular jurisdiction, click on the “Mandatory CLE Credit” link in the box titled, “Course Details,” at the top left of this web page.

Click Here for MCLE Credit Information

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Eastern 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Central 11:30 pm – 1:00 pm
Mountain 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Pacific 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Alaska 8:30 am – 10:00 am
Hawaii 7:30 am – 9:00 am

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Course Details

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