The Future of Pipelines

January 2021
ELR 10005
Chandler Randol, Kamilah L. Jones, Alexandra B. Klass, Jan Hasselman, and Thomas C. Jensen

New oil and gas pipeline construction is increasingly controversial, with environmental and indigenous groups warning of leaks and spills, increased reliance on fossil fuels, and infringement upon indigenous land. Recent setbacks to three projects—the Dakota Access Pipeline, Keystone XL Pipeline, and Atlantic Coast Pipeline—reflect shifting legal, economic, and policy pressures facing new construction. On September 30, 2020, the Environmental Law Institute hosted a panel of experts who explored the emerging challenges facing oil and gas pipelines and discussed their future. Below, we present a transcript of the discussion, which has been edited for style, clarity, and space considerations.

Chandler Randol is Manager of Educational Programs at the Environmental Law Institute. Kamilah L. Jones (moderator) is an Associate at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP. Alexandra B. Klass is a Distinguished McKnight University Professor at the University of Minnesota Law School. Jan Hasselman is a Staff Attorney at Earthjustice. Thomas C. Jensen is a Partner at Perkins Coie LLP.

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