Rutter & Roy Attorneys Participate in Houston Pipeline Opportunities Conference

New Jersey Energy Lawyers Lead Session on Changes at FERC

Two noted attorneys from Rutter & Roy LLP of Freehold, N.J.–Christine A. Roy and Richard G. Scott–will lead a panel at the Pipeline Opportunities Conference April 9th in Houston.  Ms. Roy and Mr. Scott will discuss changes at FERC—the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission—and how the federal agency has of late delegated some of its powers to individual state authorities.

The day-long conference is sponsored by Pipeline & Gas Journal, in partnership with the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA) and features energy executives who represent pipeline operators, associations, service companies and the federal government.

The 15th annual event provides unparalleled strategic insight into the state of the pipeline industry worldwide. Natural gas and pipeline experts will gather to discuss topics such as oil and gas prospects, pipeline infrastructure and more.

The conference is to be held at the JW Marriott, 5150 Westheimer Road in Houston.

“Careful planning and risk management of interstate natural gas pipeline projects is critical in getting projects built,” said Ms. Roy.  “Rich and I look forward to discussing best practices in siting and permitting these projects.”

Christine A. Roy joined the firm in 1999. She has 20 years of experience in project planning, right of way acquisition, and environmental permitting involving interstate natural gas pipeline and other linear projects, and has been lead counsel on over 100 condemnation actions filed in the U.S. District Court of New Jersey in connection with several major interstate natural gas pipeline projects for three different companies.  Ms. Roy has extensive knowledge in environmental permitting and other environmental regulatory schemes unique to New Jersey such as the Green Acres diversion regulations, Farmland Preservation programs, and the No Net Loss Reforestation Act. Additionally, Ms. Roy has navigated clients through the conversion process in connection with lands that are encumbered by Section 6(f) of the Land and Water Conservation Fund, a program administered by the National Park Service.

Richard G. Scott joined Rutter & Roy in 2011.  Mr. Scott has extensive experience in assisting clients through state permitting processes, from application through appeal. He has also guided clients through post-permitting issues, including notices of violation and administrative orders issued by permitting agencies.  Mr. Scott also has experience handling federal litigation, including condemnation actions in federal court. He most recently successfully litigated a federal preemption lawsuit on behalf of an interstate natural gas pipeline company against a New Jersey municipality in the U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey. He is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association and is on the Executive Board of the International Right of Way Association, New Jersey Chapter 15 (2011 – present).