Professor James R. May
, the co-director of Widener’s Environmental Law Center
, spoke about the future of energy policy at the Federalist Society’s National Lawyers Convention, which was held from November 15th through the 17th at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C.
May spoke as part of the panel “Federalism and the Energy Revolution: Can State and Federal Regulators Adapt to Innovations?” on Saturday November 17th from 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
The panel looked at the techniques of directional drilling and hydraulic fracturing that are used to extract oil or natural gas and the tension between state and federal regulation efforts. The panel debated the merits of regulation by state governments and whether or not they are more nimble and able to adapt than the federal government, or whether the uniform regulatory provisions mandated by the federal government would be more protective of the environment and address a broader range of concerns.