Houston Bar Association Environmental Section Luncheon Meeting
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Petroleum Club, 800 Bell Street, 43rd Floor, Houston, Texas


INTRODUCTION/Q&A MODERATOR:  Matt Kuryla, Baker Botts L.L.P.

SPEAKER:     Ilan Levin, Environmental Integrity Project

TOPIC:           Texas Air Quality Hot Issues: An Environmental NGO Perspective

Casenote Series: Rebecca Moring, Baker Botts, L.L.P.  – EPA Regulation of Hydraulic Fracturing


Please join us for a presentation on Clean Air Act issues by Ilan Levin of the Environmental Integrity Project.  Matt Kuryla, partner in the Baker Botts Houston office, will introduce the speaker and moderate the question and answer session. Ilan Levin will present a discussion on various legal issues associated with air quality and Clean Air Act litigation in Texas.  This presentation will include discussion of Clean Air Act citizen suits involving coal-fired power plants, and will touch on U.S. EPA oversight and the State Implementation Plan.  Among the discussion items are examples from recent federal court litigation that raise issues regarding the nature of "cooperative federalism" under the Clean Air Act. 

Ilan Levin is a senior attorney and associate director for the non-profit Environmental Integrity Project (EIP), where he specializes in Clean Air Act enforcement.  EIP was founded in 2002 to advocate for more effective enforcement of environmental laws.  Before joining EIP in 2003, Ilan was in private practice with the Austin law firm Henry & Levin, where he represented landowners and conservation groups on environmental matters before the TCEQ and the Texas legislature, with a focus on water rights.  Prior to that, Ilan worked for the Texas Legislature's Sunset Commission, where he helped develop legislation affecting state health and human services and environmental protection.  Ilan is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, where he earned his undergraduate and law degrees.  Ilan lives with his wife, Kelly Haragan, and their daughter, Cassidy (6), in Austin.
The case note speaker is Rebecca Moring, an associate with Baker Botts.  Rebecca Moring graduated from Georgetown University Law Center in 2008 and joined the Environmental Group of Baker Botts L.L.P. where she represents clients in environmental litigation and enforcement matters and counsels clients on regulatory compliance issues. Rebecca currently works on regulatory and legislative issues at the international, federal and state levels related to hydraulic fracturing operations and shale gas developments. Rebecca’s other work has included advising clients on regulatory compliance with federal fuels regulations, analyzing waste disposal compliance issues under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, analyzing client obligations under existing and proposed regulations under the Clean Air Act and guiding clients through the voluntary disclosure procedures under the EPA's Audit Policy.
Networking and registration is from 11:30 am to 12:00 pm. Lunch will begin promptly at noon and the presentation will start at 12:10 p.m. Valet parking is available at a cost of $7.00. Public Transportation is available.  Nearest MetroRail Station: Bell.

The Individual CLE program cost is as follows:


$30.00             HBA Environmental Section Members

$35.00             Non-Members and Guests

$20.00             Government, Non-Profit and Academic Employees

$15.00             Law Students

$40.00             Walk-ins or those who RSVP and fail to show


Please RSVP by 12 p.m. (noon) Monday, March 19, to Laura Talbot at ltalbot@velaw.com. Send checks payable to HBA to Laura Talbot, Vinson & Elkins, 1001 Fannin, Suite 2500, Houston, TX 77002.