Wed, March 3, 2021
On January 27th, President Biden issued an executive order directing the Department of Interior to indefinitely halt new oil and natural gas leases on public lands and waters. Prior to that, on January 21st, Department of Interior Acting Secretary Scott de la Vega issued an order halting new drilling permits on public lands and waters for 60 days. Federal lands and waters together accounted for 22% of total U.S. oil production and 12% of U.S. natural gas production in 2019. Join IPAA for our latest Industry Insights Webinar in which BakerHostetler attorneys Poe Leggette and Mark Barron will share their legal perspective on what these administrative actions mean for oil and natural gas producers, what lies ahead at the 60-day mark for permitting, what these actions mean for federal and state royalties and more.
L. Poe Leggette, Partner, BakerHostetler
Poe Leggette was recently recognized by the Independent Petroleum Association of America for “25 Years of Outstanding Legal Representation,” having saved independent oil and gas producers an estimated $25 billion in costs from excessive regulation. He serves as BakerHostetler’s Energy Industry team leader, a team that was named in 2015 as Practice Group of the Year by Law360.
Addressing the intricate needs of oil and gas companies, Poe focuses his well-established practice on litigation and transactional work in the energy industry. His experience includes four principal areas of representation: onshore shale plays, federal and private mineral royalties, oil and gas companies operating on federal and Indian lands, and companies operating under federal leases in the Gulf of Mexico. Prior to entering private practice, Poe served as assistant solicitor for the U.S. Department of the Interior, advising the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Minerals Management Service (MMS) on their onshore and offshore energy programs, as well as MMS’s Royalty Management Program on questions of royalty valuation.
Mark Barron, Partner, BakerHostetler
Mark is a Chambers-ranked energy lawyer who has guided some of the country’s largest producers of oil and gas through high-profile litigation, establishing himself as a “go-to” counselor for energy companies and trade associations developing advocacy responses to regulatory initiatives. Mark routinely assists clients to meet their day-to-day operational objectives by interacting with government decision-makers, developing strategic policy initiatives, crafting optimal business agreements, and litigating disputes.
A prolific author and speaker on topics affecting energy producers, Mark has testified before Congress and been featured or quoted in dozens of industry and mainstream media outlets on topics related to energy policy, hydraulic fracturing, and commercial development on public lands.
Mark Barron serves as the business development partner for BakerHostetler’s Denver office.
Dan Naatz, Senior Vice President of Government Relations and Political Affairs, IPAA