Infrastructure Part 2: Insights and Contention in Oil and Gas Development

We will focus on insights and contention from oil and gas development with insights from surveys, interviews, news media analysis, and analysis of public policy that spans across 15 states but with a strong focus on Colorado.  Speakers will share possible best practices, lessons learned and ideas with an eye towards solutions.

Original air date:  Oct 22, 2020

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Co-Hosts:  Colorado Energy Research Collaboratory (energy research partnership between University of Colorado Boulder, Colorado School of Mines, Colorado State University, and National Renewable Energy Lab) and School of Public Affairs at University of Colorado Denver

Webinar host and for more info:
Maury Dobbie, Executive Director, Colorado Energy Research Collaboratory  970-682-5707

Moderator: Joshua Sperling, Urban Futures and Energy-X Nexus engineer, Multi-disciplinary researcher, National Renewable Energy Lab



Blog post about the wellbore integrity rulemaking and the State Oil and Gas Regulatory Exchange.


Josh Sperling
Urban Futures and Energy-X Nexus engineer
Multi-disciplinary researcher
National Renewable Energy Lab

Josh Sperling has co-led ‘Urban Science & Innovation’ to ‘Smart Cities & Energy-X Nexus’ thrusts in NSF, DOE, and State Department consortiums, after joining the NREL’s New Concepts Incubator, Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis, Integrated Mobility Systems, and International teams in 2016. Sperling earned his PhD in Sustainable Urban Infrastructure from the University of Colorado Denver.

Tanya Heikkila
Professor and Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs
School of Public Affairs
University of Colorado Denver

Tanya Heikkila co-directs the Workshop on Policy Process Research (WOPPR). Her research and teaching focus on policy processes and environmental governance, including the context of interstate watersheds and unconventional oil and gas development. She wrote “Making Policy in a Complex World” and co-edited “Policy Debates in Hydraulic Fracturing.” Professor Heikkila earned her PhD in Management and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Arizona, and a BA in International Studies and Spanish from the University of Oregon.

Matt Lepore
Insight Energy Law

Matt Lepore is Principal and Founder of Insight Energy Law, LLC. He was the director for five and a half years of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission between 2012-2018, and represented the Commission as an Assistant Attorney General for two years prior to becoming director. He currently represents local governments, environmental NGOs, and oil and gas operators in regulatory and policy matters, and is a consultant to the state of New Mexico as it develops regulations to reduce venting and flaring of natural gas. Matt was also Colorado’s Official Representative to the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission from 2013 to April 2019, serving as Steering Committee Chairman from 2016 to 2018, and Legal and Regulatory Affairs Committee Chairman from 2014 to 2016. He earned his JD from Stanford University and a BA in English from the University of Colorado Boulder.





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