The Trump Administration has signaled a significant shift in the management of federal lands onshore and on the Outer Continental Shelf for energy development. Multiple Executive and Secretarial Orders, Congressional Review Act resolutions, and ongoing litigation involving Obama Administration energy sector regulations have set in motion several energy-based initiatives across multiple agencies. The collective aim is to further incentivize domestic energy production, particularly oil, gas, and coal, by rolling back regulations and guidance and streamlining environmental reviews and permitting. While this agenda is sweeping and a sharp departure from the past few years, its ultimate impact is uncertain. Join Beveridge & Diamond principals Jamie Auslander and Peter Schaumberg to discuss current opportunities and challenges for the development of energy and mineral resources under the new Administration. Among other hotly-debated topics, they will cover the role of climate change considerations in decision-making, potential changes in mitigation requirements, issues regarding royalty valuation and payment, and still unresolved issues regarding the scope of Presidential withdrawal authority onshore and offshore under decades-old statutes.
Jamie Auslander co-chairs Beveridge & Diamond’s Natural Resources and Project Development Practice Group, including its Energy practice. Mr. Auslander focuses his practice on complex legal issues surrounding development of oil and gas, hardrock minerals, renewable energy, and other natural resources on public lands onshore and on the Outer Continental Shelf. He frequently works with the Department of the Interior agencies and prosecutes appeals before the Interior Board of Land Appeals regarding royalty, suspension, decommissioning, regulatory departures, and other issues. He also assists multinational corporations, domestic companies, and leading industry trade associations in protecting valuable lease rights and navigating the ever-changing environmental requirements to develop those leases.
Mr. Auslander also devotes a significant part of his practice to counseling and litigation under the National Environmental Policy Act (“NEPA”). He has represented public and private clients in building strong administrative records and robust NEPA analyses to support complex projects and proposals. He serves clients in all phases of a case under NEPA and other environmental laws and regulations, including internal compliance, administrative proceedings and negotiations, and litigation when necessary.
Mr. Auslander frequently writes and speaks on environmental issues pertinent to project permitting and development. He has served as an elected member of the Steering Committee of the Environmental, Energy, and Natural Resources Section of the D.C. Bar since 2014. Mr. Auslander has been selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers Editions 2014-2017 as a “Rising Star” in Environmental, Energy & Natural Resources, and Administrative Law.
Peter J. Schaumberg is a principal with Beveridge & Diamond, P.C. in Washington, D.C. His practice focuses on issues related to development of energy resources on the Outer Continental Shelf and on federally-managed lands onshore, including oil & gas, solar, wind and geothermal resources, as well as development of coal and hard-rock mineral resources on public lands. He also advises clients with respect to royalty reporting and payment issues for federal mineral leases offshore and onshore, and for Indian leases.
Mr. Schaumberg joined Beveridge & Diamond in 2006 after 25 years with the Office of the Solicitor, Department of the Interior. He was the Deputy Associate Solicitor for Mineral Resources, the senior career attorney responsible for providing legal advice to the energy, minerals and royalty programs of the Minerals Management Service (now the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, and the Office of Natural Resources Revenue) and the Bureau of Land Management.
Mr. Schaumberg has written and lectured on a wide range of legal topics relating to federal mineral royalties and development of oil & gas, coal, hard-rock minerals, and alternative energy on federally-managed lands. He is a member of the American Bar Association’s Section of Environment, Energy and Resources and the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, and is the Chair of the Public Lands Committee of the DC Bar’s Environment, Energy & Natural Resources Section.
He earned his J.D., with Honors, in 1975 from George Washington University National Law Center, and his B.A., cum laude, in 1972 from Tulane University. He is admitted to the bars of the District of Columbia and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Jamie and Peter revealed the uncertainty and the political machinations that dominate this area of law, and it was an eye-opener.
The best presentation I have viewed thus far. Succinct and Informative. Excellent!
My first exposure to this practice area. Well done.
Good job on overview of a very technical area of law.
Very good program!
Very interesting and current
thank you for not making this overly partisan
This isn't my area but it was interesting and informative.
very easy to use.
Good use of two presenters that helped to keep things interesting and cover the topic well.
The presenters were very knowledgeable and showed many of the challenges in the transitions between presidential administrations.
Great. Looking forward to progressing iterations of this program topic, as may/will occur wiyh new administration & court decisions. Thanks.