Law Seminars International Presents

A Comprehensive Two-Day Conference on Today's Key Issues

LNG Development in the Northeast

December 4 & 5, 2006
Hilton Boston Back Bay Hotel in Boston, MA
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Who Should Attend

Attorneys, state, local and tribal government officials and staff, managers and technical staff from the gas industry

Why Attend

Demand for natural gas continues to grow as a primary heat source, a replacement for other fuels and for generation of electricity. In Northeast markets, which face an acute need for additional electric generating capacity, natural gas will likely remain the fuel of choice for new generation due to siting and environmental factors. The price for natural gas supplies, however, has been volatile, and gas distribution utilities, large wholesale gas purchasers, and power plant developers are looking for more stable pricing and additional supply options. Increasing liquefied natural gas imports provides a means to diversify and increase the Northeast region's supply without adding significant new pipeline infrastructure. A number of energy companies are pursuing LNG projects that would serve the region, despite strong local opposition to some projects. This seminar will provide critical information about the increasing demand for natural gas, the role of LNG in meeting that demand, the prospects for new pipeline and LNG projects proposed to serve the region, the complexities of the LNG supply chain, and the role of state and federal government agencies following the Energy Policy Act of 2005 in resolving siting, safety and security issues that surround LNG facilities. ~ Program Co-Chairs: Dianne R. Phillips, Esq. and Randolph Q. McManus, Esq.

What You Will Learn

--What's happening in the LNG supply chain --Canadian LNG import projects' impact on the Northeast --Northeast pipeline proposals and their impact on the LNG market --Conflicts and harmonies in Federal, state and local review processes --FERC priorities in the review process --Safety and security issue update --State regulatory perspectives --Tribal concerns and implementation issues --Deep water ports status report --Weaver's Cove case study

What Attendees Have Said About Similar Programs

~ "The seminar was one of the best ones that I have attended over the years." --Mark Whitlow ~ I thought it was an excellent conference. ~ A productive, good day. ~ Overall a very informative and useful conference. ~ The speakers were clearly knowledgeable.


Monday, December 04, 2006

8:00 am Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:30 am Introduction & Overview
  Dianne R. Phillips, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Holland & Knight LLP / Boston, MA
  Randolph Q. McManus, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Baker Botts LLP / Washington, DC
8:45 am From Well Head to Ship: An Update on What's Happening Along the LNG Supply Chain
  International export projects: who is building what and when will they come to fruition; domestic units likely to come on-line by 2010; pricing models in use; costs of delivery and targeted markets
  Gerald A. Taylor, Esq., Principal
The Brattle Group, Inc. / Cambridge, MA
9:30 am Will the New LNG Supplies Being Developed in the Atlantic Basin Ever Arrive on U.S. Shores?
  William S. Cooper, III, Esq., Executive Director
Center for Liquefied Natural Gas / Washington, DC
10:00 am Break
10:15 am Canadian LNG Import Projects and Their Impact on the Northeast
  Phillip Ribbeck, Director, LNG North America
Repsol YPF / Houston, TX
11:00 am Tired of Waiting for an LNG Terminal? Build a Pipeline!
  Northeast pipeline proposals and their expected impact on the market for LNG
  Jay Dickerson, VP of Marketing
El Paso Corp./Tennessee Gas Pipeline / Houston, TX
  Patrick J. Hester, Esq., P.E., VP of Project Management and Development
Duke Energy Gas Transmission / Houston, TX
12:15 pm Lunch (on your own)
1:30 pm Conflicts and Harmonies in Federal, State, and Local Review Processes
  Overview of federal, state and local review authority at the intersection of energy and environmental policy; to what extent have the feds preempted state and local review; authority over projects on tribal lands
  Randolph Q. McManus, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Baker Botts LLP / Washington, DC
  FERC as the coordinator of the review process
  Jeff Wright, Chief, Energy Infrastructure Policy Group
FERC, Office of Energy Projects / Washington, DC
  State environmental review: MEPA or state environmental view
  Barry Peter Fogel
Keegan Werlin LLP / Boston, MA
3:30 pm Break
3:45 pm Status Report on the Deep Water Port Projects
  Business perspective on pending projects and their prospects
  Marc Silver, Esq., Assistant General Counsel
  Federal regulatory jurisdiction and application processes
  Mark Prescott, Chief of Deep Water Ports Standards Division
United States Coast Guard (G-PSO-5) / Washington, DC
5:00 pm Reception for Attendees and Faculty Sponsored by Baker Botts LLP and Holland & Knight LLP

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

8:00 am Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:30 am Introduction & Overview
  Randolph Q. McManus, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Baker Botts LLP / Washington, DC
  Dianne R. Phillips, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Holland & Knight LLP / Boston, MA
8:45 am New England State Regulatory Perspectives on LNG
  Michael T. Caljouw, Esq., Moderator
Holland & Knight LLP / Boston, MA
  The Hon. Leonard A. Fasano, LL.M., State Senator
Long Island Sound LNG Task Force / New Haven, CT
  The Hon. Sharon M. Reishus, Commissioner
Maine Public Utilities Commission / Augusta, ME
  The Hon. David L. O'Connor, Commissioner
Massachusetts Div. of Energy Resources / Boston, MA
  New York
  The Hon. William M. Flynn, Chairman
New York State Department of Public Service / Albany, NY
10:30 am Break
10:45 am Tribal Concerns and Implementation Issues
  Proposed projects in Passamaquoddy Bay, Maine
  Gordon F. Grimes, Esq.
Bernstein Shur Sawyer & Nelson PA / Portland, ME
11:30 am Lunch (on your own)
12:45 pm Safety and Security
  Overview of the issues
  Dianne R. Phillips, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Holland & Knight LLP / Boston, MA
  Sandia report; general safety and security issues
  Harri Kytömaa, Ph.D., Corporate VP and Principal Engineer
Exponent, Inc. / Natick, MA
  Waterway suitability considerations for an in-port terminal
  Capt. Peter J. Boynton, Captain of the Port
USCG Sector Long Island Sound / New Haven, CT
2:15 pm Case Study: Weaver's Cove
  Michael Petit, Vice President of Marketing
Weaver's Cove Energy / Fall River, MA
3:00 pm Evaluations & Adjourn


Regular tuition for this program is $995 with a group rate of $895 each for two or more registrants from the same firm. For government employees, we offer a special rate of $795. For students and people in their job for less than a year, our rate is $497.50. All rates include admission to all seminar sessions, food and beverages at breaks, and all course materials. Make checks payable to Law Seminars International.

Cancellation & Substitution

You may substitute another person at any time. We will refund tuition, less a $50 cancellation fee, if we receive your cancellation by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 28, 2006. After that time, we will credit your tuition toward attendance at another program or the purchase of a homestudy. There is a $25 cancellation fee for Course Materials orders and $50 for Homestudy orders.

Continuing Education Credits

This program qualifies for 11.25 CT, ME & NH CLE and 11 PA CLE credits. Upon request, we will apply for CLE credits in other states and other types of credits.


The conference will be held at the Hilton Boston Back Bay Hotel at 40 Dalton Street in Boston, MA 02115. Call the hotel directly at (617) 236-1100 for reservations at the special negotiated rate of $159 and ask for the "Law Seminars International Room Block." The discounted rate is available until Nov. 3, 2006, on a first come, first served basis.
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If You Cannot Attend

Our complete Homestudy Course, consisting of a VHS or DVD recording and the written course materials, is available for $1005. The written course materials alone are available for $100. We will ship your homestudy order via UPS ground within two weeks after the seminar or the date we receive payment (whichever is later).
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Faculty Bios

Randolph Q. McManus, Program Co-Chair, is a partner with Baker Botts LLP and concentrates on transactional and regulatory work and energy-related litigation for a wide range of clients. He has represented and advised electric utilities, merchant energy companies, energy marketers and traders, project developers and project lenders and investors, liquefied natural gas importers, and LNG terminal owners in regulatory, commercial, and litigation matters.

Dianne R. Phillips, Program Co-Chair, is a partner with Holland & Knight LLP and concentrates her practice in litigation, regulatory, energy, and environmental law. As former Assistant General Counsel for Tractebel LNG North America LLC, and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Distrigas of Massachusetts LLC, she was involved in all aspects of regulatory compliance for the nation's oldest, continuously operating LNG import terminal located in Everett, Massachusetts.

Michael T. Caljouw, Moderator, is Senior Counsel in the Government section of Holland & Knight LLP. His primary area of practice is Public Policy & Regulations and he has wide experience developing and implementing policy and legal strategies for executive branch departments within Massachusetts.

Peter J. Boynton is U.S. Coast Guard Captain of the Port for Sector Long Island Sound, which includes Connecticut, Long Island and waters 200 miles offshore. He has commanded three Coast Guard cutters, served as a Director for Global Affairs on the National Security Council at the White House, and as the Coast Guard maritime advisor at the Department of State. He was the Federal On-Scene Coordinator for the national counter-terrorism exercise "TopOff-3" held in 2005. Capt. Boynton's military awards include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal and Presidential Service Badge.

William S. Cooper. III is Executive Director of the Center for LNG and has experience in both the public and private sectors. Previously, he served as counsel to the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Jay Dickerson is Vice President of Marketing for Tennessee Gas Pipeline at El Paso Corp.

Senator Leonard A. Fasano, Connecticut 34th District, is Chairman of Connecticut's Long Island Sound LNG Task Force, Senate Assistant Minority Leader and ranking member of the Planning and Development Committee. He is also President and Founder of Fasano, Ippolito, and Lee, LLC.

Barry Peter Fogel, a partner with Keegan Werlin LLP, focuses on environmental law, litigation and appeals, and administrative law. He was previously Regional Director and Deputy General Counsel for the Massachusetts Dept. of Environmental Protection.

Gordon F. Grimes chairs Bernstein Shur Sawyer & Nelson PA's Energy Practice Group and represents private energy generators, banks, contractors, and other entities in the power generation industry. His clients include Quoddy Bay LLC.

Patrick J. Hester is Vice President of Project Management and Development at Duke Energy Gas Transmission, responsible for the oversight and coordination of DEGT's expansion projects. Previously, he was General Counsel for DEGT's U.S pipelines.

Harri Kytömaa, Corporate VP and Principal Engineer, Exponent, Inc., specializes in mechanical engineering and the engineering analysis of thermal and flow processes. Dr. Kyto¨maa is the Director of the Thermal Science practice, and he applies his expertise to the investigation and prevention of fires and explosions, and the determination of their cause and origin.

The Hon. David L. O'Connor, Commissioner of Energy Resources for Massachusetts, directs the state agency that develops the Commonwealth's energy policies and the renewable energy and energy efficiency programs that are major components of the Commonwealth's Climate Protection Plan.

Michael Petit, Vice President of Marketing for Weaver's Cove Energy, manages LNG and natural gas marketing, transportation and regulatory activity. In this role, he is responsible for leading commercial activities in the northeast including LNG and natural gas marketing, transportation and regulatory activity. Mr. Petit was previously with Calpine Corporation and PG&E National Energy Group.

Mark Prescott is Chief of Deep Water Ports Standards Division, United States Coast Guard.

The Hon. Sharon M. Reishus is Commissioner of the Maine Public Utilities Commission. Previously, she was Director of North American Power at Cambridge Energy Research Associates (CERA), a staff analyst with the Maine PUC, a planner with Central Maine Power Company, and an intelligence analyst for the CIA, during which time she served as senior duty officer in The White House Situation Room.

Phillip Ribbeck, Director of LNG North America for Repsol YPF, manages project development, LNG and natural gas marketing and trading. Formerly with Amoco and BP, he was an integral member of the team that developed the Atlantic LNG of Trinidad and Tobago project. He is currently Chairman of Canaport LNG Limited Partnership.

Marc Silver is Assistant General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer at SUEZ LNG NA LLC. He is lead counsel for SUEZ's proposed development of an offshore deepwater port LNG regasification terminal in Massachusetts Bay.

Gerald A. Taylor is a Principal with The Brattle Group, Inc., where he focuses on contract and market incentives, antitrust and regulatory economics. His experience includes litigation and regulatory proceedings in the petroleum, natural gas, electric power and transportation industries.

Jeff Wright is Chief of FERC's Energy Infrastructure Policy Group in the Office of Energy Projects. He has organized and participated in FERC's regional energy infrastructure conferences in the Northeast, Southeast, Midwest and West and in FERC's trilateral meetings with Canadian and Mexican regulatory authorities.