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Christine Morganti
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Seminar to Discuss Differing Perspectives on the Liability and Damages

of Energy Production in New Mexico

Albuquerque, N.M. – Energy Production in New Mexico—Developments, Liability and Damages will be held Dec. 18 at the State Bar Center in Albuquerque. The State Bar Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law Section is sponsoring the continuing legal education event.

A panel composed of speakers with very different perspectives on this topic kick off the program. Bob Gallagher, president of the New Mexico Oil and Gas Association will face three representatives of environmental organizations: Bruce Frederick, attorney with the New Mexico Environmental Law Center; Charles de Saillan, assistant general counsel for the New Mexico Environment Department; and Rebecca Neri Zagal, executive director of the New Mexico Office of the Natural Resources Trustee.

Oil and gas case law developments, regulatory initiatives and trends will be discussed by Mark Fesmire, director of the New Mexico Oil Conservation Division. Coal and Uranium case law developments, regulatory initiatives and trends will be discussed by Bill Brancard, division director for the New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department. Alternative energy will be discussed by Jason Marks of the Public Regulation Commission. The day will conclude with “Going Beyond What the Regulators Require” presented by Felicia Orth, hearing officer with the New Mexico Environment Department and Edward J. (Ted) Apodaca, assistant county attorney for Santa Fe County.

The full schedule and list of speakers may be found at


The State Bar of New Mexico was organized in 1886 and is composed of more than 8500 members. Its purposes are to aid the courts in administering justice and preserving the rule of law, and to foster a high standard of integrity and competence within the legal profession.