March 18, 2014: Hale, 270
Is the oil and gas industry exempt from major environmental laws and what about that “fracking” loophole?

 

FrackingSENSE: What We Know, What We Don’t Know, and What We Hope to Learn about Natural Gas Development.

Rebecca Watson is a shareholder with the law firm of Welborn Sullivan Meck and Tooley, P.C. with offices in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming. Ms. Watson has more than 30 years of legal and policy experience in the fields of conventional and renewable energy, mining, natural resources and federal environmental law. As Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management of the Interior Department in the George W. Bush administration, she had oversight over 3 energy resource bureaus, led 12,000 employees and managed a $1 billion budget. Ms. Watson also served as the Assistant General Counsel for Energy Policy at the U. S. Department of Energy. Ms. Watson is a graduate of the University of Denver Law School. She is the Secretary of Western Energy Alliance, a past-Trustee of Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation and serves on several boards focused on western policy and open space. In 2011, she was named the Distinguished Natural Resource Practitioner-in-Residence at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.