Colorado Enacts SB19-181: The Changes to Colorado's Oil and Gas Statutes and Implications for Development and Local Governments

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Speakers & committee

PHILLIP D. BARBER practices law in Denver, Colorado. He was born in Wyoming and grew up in Colorado. He graduated from the Pueblo public schools, from Dartmouth College in 1975 (magna cum laude, with high distinction), and received his J.D. from the University of Colorado School of Law in 1979. His practice has focused on oil and gas law and natural resources and commercial litigation. Mr. Barber represents a variety of clients in the oil and gas industry, including exploration and production companies, parties who own surface, mineral or overriding royalty interests, and municipalities along Colorado's Front Range. He is the editor/author of “Oil & Gas Practice in Colorado” for the Colorado Methods of Practice, and is a contributing author to the Federal Law of Oil and Gas Leasing. He has presented papers at several Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Annual Institutes and speaks annually at the Short Course on Oil and Gas Law. Mr. Barber also volunteers with a number of non-profit groups, and provides pro bono representation to people seeking asylum in this country.

MATT LEPORE is the strategic advisor and legal counsel for Adamantine Energy, in Denver, CO. Matt’s skillset and experience broaden and deepen Adamantine’s capacity to fulfill its mission: to transcend conflict around energy projects and forge enduring solutions. Matt works with clients at the leadership, executive and board levels, guiding them to evolve their business strategies to reduce and transform their political and policy risk. Prior to joining Adamantine, Matt was the director for five and a half years of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC), the agency that regulates oil and gas exploration and production in Colorado. As director, Matt saw the passions on all sides of energy development projects — and developed deep expertise on how to navigate those passions to find the pragmatic middle.  Matt worked to prioritize transparency, access and participatory inclusion for the public and other stakeholders as values in the Commission’s processes and decision making. Prior to his tenure as director, Matt was a Colorado assistant attorney general and was counsel to the COGCC. Matt represented the Commission before the state trial and appellate courts and advised the Commission on regulatory and enforcement matters as well as agency rulemaking. Matt also has nearly 20 years’ experience in private law practice focused on environmental and natural resources law, first at Holme Roberts & Owen, LLP, and later at Beatty & Wozniak, P.C. Matt earned his B.A. degree, summa cum laude, from the University of Colorado, Boulder and his J.D. degree from Stanford University. In 2011-2012 Matt was chairman of the Colorado Bar Association Environmental Law Section. Matt is currently the Vice Chairman of the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC), and past Chair of the IOGCC Legal and Regulatory Committee. Matt is a Colorado native who enjoys skiing, cycling, and backpacking with his family and friends in Colorado’s high country.

ELIZABETH H. (LIZ) TITUS practices in Hogan Lovells US LLP’s Denver, Colorado, office.  She represents clients in the energy and natural resources industries, including mining companies, oil and gas producers, and midstream companies, on a diverse variety of matters. She represents clients with operations on both private and public lands and provides advice regarding commercial issues, surface use, permitting requirements, and regulatory compliance. Liz has represented clients in regulatory enforcement actions before various federal and state agencies, including the Interior Board of Land Appeals (IBLA), the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission (FMSHRC), Colorado Minded Land Reclamation Board (MLRB), the Colorado Oil Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC), and the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (OSHRC).  Liz represents energy clients in both state and federal court in commercial disputes and in class actions. Liz also advises clients on the compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), Mine Safety and Health Act (MSHA), and Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act (SMCRA).