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This is a WCEE Lunch & Learn; lunch will be provided by Beveridge & Diamond PC.

10/29/2019
When: Tues., October 29, 2019
12:00 noon - 1:30 pm
Where: Beveridge & Diamond PC
1350 I Street, NW
Suite 700
Washington, District of Columbia  20005
United States


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WCEE'S Lunch & Learn Series 

Managing Offshore Energy Development: The Federal Role

 

At the U.S. Department of the Interior, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is tasked with managing development of domestic offshore energy and marine mineral resources in an environmentally and economically responsible way. BOEM manages a diverse portfolio including offshore renewable and oil and gas energy development.

The current administration has prioritized “energy dominance” and proposed opening most federal waters to offshore oil and gas leasing (a proposal currently on hold). At the same time, BOEM is overseeing the creation of a new offshore wind leasing program which has garnered significant enthusiasm. These priorities are juxtaposed with increasing state and regional commitments to use clean energy, secure jobs, and sustain natural environments for multiple uses. Additionally, BOEM must balance a range of stakeholders when preparing leasing plans and considering development applications; including but not limited to governors, Federal, state and local agencies, industry groups, tribal governments, non-governmental organizations and the and the general public.

Please join WCEE for an engaging discussion of the federal role in developing offshore energy projects and hear from federal program managers about how BOEM manages intensely competing priorities in its management of both new offshore wind energy projects and offshore domestic production of oil and gas.

 

This event's discussions are off the record.

 

Panelists:

  • John Cossa, Of Counsel, Beveridge & Diamond PC
  • Kelly Hammerle, National OCS Oil and Gas Leasing Program Manager, U.S. Department of the Interior
  • Michelle Morin, Chief, Environment Branch for Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of the Interior

 

Date: Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Time: 12:00 noon to 1:30 pm

Venue: Beveridge & Diamond PC, 1350 I St NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20005

Closest metro: McPherson Square (Blue/Orange/Silver)

Cost: $5 (WCEE members); $20 (non-WCEE members)

Registration: This event is being offered two ways; please register and pay to attend.
 

In-person: Seating for this option is limited; first-come, first-served. Beveridge & Diamond PC is graciously serving a light lunch.

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This event's discussions are off the record.

 

 

WCEE is grateful to




for the use of its conference facilities.

 

Panelist bios:

John Cossa, Of Counsel, Beveridge & Diamond PC 

John advises clients on matters related to the leasing and development of oil and gas, wind, solar, and mineral resources on onshore and offshore federally-managed lands. John served as chief counsel for DOI’s Bureau of Ocean Energy and Management’s (BOEM) Office of Renewable Energy Programs (OREP) from 2009-2013, where he played a significant role in developing and implementing the procedures for leasing and developing wind energy projects on the US outer continental shelf (OCS). John also counseled the BOEM Directorate and agency staff on legal issues related to the leasing, development, and regulation of offshore oil and gas resources, with particular emphasis on emerging issues such as oil and gas development in the Arctic and instituting reforms in the wake of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

 

Kelly Hammerle, National OCS Oil and Gas Leasing Program Manager, U.S. Department of the Interior

Kelly is the Outer Continental Shelf National Oil and Gas Leasing Program Development manager at the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM). She has been with BOEM for eight and a half years, starting in the environmental assessment division and then moving to leasing. Kelly has over 15 years of experience in the energy and environment field, serving in local, state, and federal governments as well as private environmental consulting and non-profit organizations. Kelly is a native of Greenville, NC and has a B.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences from NC State University and a Master's in Public Administration (MPA) from East Carolina University. 

 

Michelle Morin, Chief, Environment Branch for Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of the Interior

Michelle has been with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) for 24 years and has coordinated dozens of environmental impact statements and assessments for BOEM's oil and gas and renewable energy programs in Headquarters and the Gulf of Mexico Region. As the Chief of BOEM's Environment Branch for Renewable Energy, she manages an interdisciplinary team responsible for environmental assessments, consultations, and studies related to renewable energy leasing and development on the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf. 

 

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