December 11, 2009

Holiday Office Hours
The EMLF office will be closed December 21-25, December 31, and January 1, 2010.

Winter Workshops on Energy Law
The 2010 Winter Workshops will be February 4-6 at the South Seas Island Resort, 5400 Plantation Road, Captiva Island, Florida.  The complete program brochure, online registration, and online hotel reservations are available at www.emlf.org.  The EMLF room block will be released January 3, 2010 or sell-out, so be sure to reserve early.

New Member Welcome
The EMLF welcomes Sadler Law Firm LLP, 1900 West Loop South, Suite 1400, Houston, TX 77027-3214 as a new member.  Sadler’s multistate practice is devoted entirely to the legal concerns of energy companies, with expertise in exploration, production, development, acquisitions, transactions, title work and litigation.  For more information go to www.sadlerlaw.com

Mine Safety & Health Law Special Institute
March 23-24, Washington, DC.  Edward M. Green, Program Chair, Crowell & Moring, Washington, DC.  Program topics include Civil Penalty Case Backlog, Plan Approvals Under the Mine Act, ALJ Panel, Respirable Dust Panel, MSHA Enforcement – Inspection Issues: 1) 103(j) and (k) Orders and Accident Reporting under MSHA and State Law; 2) Handling Document Requests During Routine Inspections and 3) Documenting the Scene for Litigation; MSHA Enforcement – Litigation Issues: 1) Developments in the Law of Significant and Substantial, Unwarrantable Failures and Part 100 criteria; 2) Flagrant Violations and Defenses and 3) Use of the Pattern of Violations Process;  Primer on Section 105(c) Complaints and Temporary Reinstatement, and the Role of Technology in Mine Safety.  Watch the EMLF website for complete program brochure and registration information.

31st Annual Institute
May 9-11, 2010, Amelia Island Plantation, Amelia Island, Florida.  Sharon O. Flanery, Program Chair, Steptoe & Johnson PLLC, Charleston, WV; Frank Harrington, Coal Chair, Alpha Natural Resources, Abingdon, VA; and Natalie Jefferis, Oil & Gas Chair, EQT Production, Pittsburgh, PA.

Join EMLF!

Membership in the Energy & Mineral Law Foundation is open to anyone who is concerned with issues pertaining to the energy industry.

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