Marcellus Shale Law and Policy Symposium
Nicolle R. Snyder Bagnell, Partner, Reed Smith LLP
Ms. Snyder Bagnell specializes in litigation and regulatory issues regarding natural gas production in the Marcellus Shale in Appalachia, counsels clients on permitting and permit disputes, represents oil and gas industry groups and natural gas producers in Minimum Royalty Act, and other lease litigation, performs due diligence and provides advice on Marcellus Shale transactions.
John Baillie, Senior Attorney, PennFuture
John Baillie's focuses on issues that impact western Pennsylvania, including mining, watershed issues, land use issues, and air pollution. Prior to joining PennFuture, Baillie was an in-house attorney at a railroad holding company, where he was involved in litigation, regulatory and compliance work, and real estate and commercial transactions. Baillie has also handled and assisted with a variety of cases, including complex insurance coverage disputes, toxic tort and personal injury cases, and securities fraud, antitrust, and contractual matters.
Thomas W. Beauduy, Executive Director & Counsel to the Susquehanna River Basin Commission
Thomas W. Beauduy '78 oversees government affairs, policy development and the Commission's regulatory program. The Susquehanna River Basin Commission is a federal-interstate compact commission with water resource management responsibility for the Susquehanna River Basin. He is past chair and current board member of the Interstate Council on Water Policy, a national organization of state and regional water resource management agencies based in Washington, D.C.
Seth Blumsack, Assistant Professor of Energy Policy and Economics, Penn State University
Professor Blumsack teaches undergraduate courses and advises students in the energy business and finance program. He also teaches public policy and economics courses to graduate students in science, engineering and other technical fields across the university. He has strong interests in helping professionals and students address policy-relevant problems related to energy and environmental systems and technologies.
Tim Kelsey, Professor of Agricultural Economics, Penn State University
Professor Kelsey focuses his research on a variety of economic development issues in Pennsylvania, including taxation and tax reform, fiscal impacts of land use change, economic impact of Marcellus Shale development, and local government.
James McCarthy, Associate Professor of Geography, Penn State University
Professor McCarthy’s research focuses on US and international environmental politics and policy, with particular emphases on their historical development, including the roles of social movements and conflict in their evolution; their interactions with rural regions and resources; and issues of scale in environmental governance.
Patrick C. McGinley, Charles H. Haden II Professor of Law, West Virginia University College of Law
Professor McGinley has taught courses in environmental law, administrative law, land use, and natural resources, as well as seminars in public access to information and environmental justice. He helped found the organization that is now the Energy and Mineral Law Foundation.
Robert Myers, Professor of English, Lock Haven University
Professor Myers is the creator and operator of the Environmental Dangers of Hydro-Fracturing the Marcellus Shale web page. His web page offers resources and information pertaining to issues arising out of hydro fracturing.
David E. Pierce, Professor of Law, Washburn University
Professor Pierce teaches classes in oil and gas law, energy regulation, and property. He has published numerous articles in law reviews and other scholarly journals that address oil and gas law and natural resources issues. He has also contributed to several books and monographs on oil and gas law.
John J. Walliser, Vice President, Legal and Governmental Affairs, Pennsylvania Environmental Council
Mr. Walliser Pennsylvania Environmental Council's (PEC) legal affairs and legislative activities, and also assists with program management, including staff and budget administration. He joined the PEC in 1997 as a staff attorney.
R. Timothy Weston, Partner, K&L Gates LLP
Mr. Weston is co-chair of the K&L Gates global energy and utilities practice. He focuses on environmental counseling and litigation, energy development, natural resources management, and related administrative, regulatory and legislative issues. Weston has handled a broad range of complex project development, transactional, regulatory, and environmental litigation matters, including water resource and wastewater issues associated with Marcellus Shale gas development.