2015 Symposium: American Gas Exports

2015 Symposium


The NYU Environmental Law Journal held its annual symposium, in conjunction with NYU’s Environmental Law Society and The Guarini Center on Environment, Energy and Land Use Law, on January 27th, 2015 in Lipton Hall.  This half-day event was entitled “Defining the Boundaries of American Gas Exports.”

This year’s topic focused on the legal and policy questions surrounding the United States’ transition to exporting liquefied natural gas (LNG). The first panel broke down the “public interest” determination used by the Department of Energy in approving LNG export permits. The second panel discussed the financing and international competition issues inherent in bringing LNG to the worldwide market. The final panel explored the opportunities and constraints posed by America’s international trade agreements. Our keynote speaker was C. Boyden Gray, former Special Envoy for Eurasian Energy.

Welcoming Remarks
Richard Stewart, Professor of Law, NYU School of Law

Introductory Remarks
Robert Seber, Vinson & Elkins LLP

Panel One: Breaking Down the Public Interest Determination –
The Limits of What the Government Will Approve

Robert Fee, Senior Advisor, U.S. Department of Energy
Richard Revesz, Professor of Law, NYU School of Law
Sugandha Tuladhar, NERA Economic Consulting
Katrina Wyman, Professor of Law, NYU School of Law (moderator)
Anthony Yuen, Citi Group

Panel Two: Bringing American Gas to Market – Financing and Infrastructure Issues
Jean-Pierre Boudrias, Goldman Sachs
Saqib Rahim, EnergyWire at E&E Publishing, LLC (moderator)
Eric Silverman, Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP
Branko Terzic, Former CEO & Commissioner, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

Keynote Address and Lunch
C. Boyden Gray, Boyden Gray & Associates LLP

Panel Three: International Trade Issues – Opportunities and Constraints posed by America’s International Trade Agreements
Alan M. Dunn, Stewart and Stewart
Spencer Griffith JD ’82, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Robert Howse, Professor of Law, NYU School of Law
Joanna Langille JD ’11, NYU School of Law (moderator)