West Virginia v. EPA—Major Questions and the Future Climate Change Regulation

  • a Virtual Setting
  • Tuesday, September 20, 2022


JENNIFER BIEVER is a Director at Williams Weese Pepple & Ferguson in Denver, Colorado, and practices at the forefront of environmental, permitting, and other regulatory issues affecting energy and natural resource companies.  Jennifer assists companies with respect to all aspects of state and federal regulatory regimes, including due diligence during transactions; rule and guidance development; permitting; implementation of compliance programs, self-evaluation of compliance; and enforcement.  Jennifer has robust experience handling the permitting of significant and comprehensive natural resource projects (including those on federal lands) and representing clients in the litigation that can arise in connection with such projects.  Jennifer is one of the leading legal experts on methane emissions from the oil and gas industry, having led industry’s efforts in Colorado’s recent methane rulemakings and having represented several companies in enforcement from state and federal agencies with respect to emissions from oil and gas storage tank facilities. 


DANIEL E. WALTERS is an Associate Professor at Texas A&M University School of Law in Fort Worth, Texas. Before joining Texas A&M, Professor Walters was an Assistant Professor of Law at Penn State Law. Prior to joining Penn State Law, Professor Walters was a regulation fellow in the Penn Program on Regulation at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He brings an empirical approach to the study of public law and regulatory policy, with work appearing in the Columbia Law Review, the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, the Georgetown Law Journal, the Michigan Law Review, and the Administrative Law Review, among other top journals. Several of his works empirically test the effects of judge-made administrative law doctrine on agency behavior. Other empirical work focuses on an oft-overlooked domain of agencies' regulatory power--discretionary non-action--and sheds light on how this facet of administrative decisionmaking should and could be cabined or made more transparent. 


PETER ZALZAL is Senior Counsel and Associate Vice President for Clean Air Strategies at the Environmental Defense Fund in Boulder, Colorado.  As a member of EDF’s Domestic Climate and Air legal team, Peter works to secure clean air and support climate change mitigation through policy initiatives and strategic litigation.  Peter works with businesses, public health groups, states, environmental groups and other allies to advocate and defend efficient policies to curb emissions that are destabilizing the climate and harming human health.