W&L Law Symposium Tackles Regulating Natural Resource Extraction

Lexington, VA Monday, February 14, 2011


Fire boats battle the blazing remnants of the offshore oil rig Deepwater Horizon
From coal mining disasters to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the past year has been rife with stories centering on natural resource extraction. On Feb. 18, the Journal of Energy, Climate and the Environment at Washington and Lee University School of Law will explore some of the more contentious issues surrounding this practice in its spring symposium titled, "Regulating Resource Extraction: Creating Order from a Legal Morass." 

The day-long symposium will begin at 9 a.m. in Classroom A, Sydney Lewis Hall, on the campus of Washington and Lee University. Organizers say they hope this meeting will create a dialog that guides the direction of public debate over regulating resource extraction.

The symposium is presented as part of the Johnson Lecture Series and is free and open to the public.

Symposium participants include legal scholars, practitioners, and outspoken environmental advocates from around the nation. Among the presenters are Robert McLusky '81L, a member of the Environmental Law Practice group at Jackson Kelly; West Virginia College of Law professor Patrick McGinley, author of the multi-volume treatise Coal Law & Regulation; and Yvonne Scannell, visiting at W&L Law from Trinity College in Dublin, where she teaches courses in Irish and European environmental law.

The symposium will explore many of the legal and technical issues related to the fields of oil, coal and natural gas extraction. Panel topics include:

The Journal of Energy, Climate, and the Environment is a student-edited periodical whose mission is to engage and educate the legal community, policy-makers, and the general public through publications and symposia on climate change, energy, and environmental issues affecting local, national, and global communities. Learn more about the Journal at http://law.wlu.edu/jece.

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