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Pennsylvania Pipelines: Assessing the Infrastructure Task Force Report

Within the next few years, thousands of miles of natural gas pipelines will be constructed in Pennsylvania. In May 2015 Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf established the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Task Force to address the Commonwealth’s pipeline system, which produced its first official report in February. The 2016 Villanova Environmental Law Journal Symposium, Pennsylvania Pipelines: Assessing the Infrastructure Task Force Report, will bring together regional and national experts, including members of the Task Force, to discuss the future of Pennsylvania’s pipeline infrastructure and the broader issues relating to the Task Force report.

The event takes place on Friday, April 15 from 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the Laurence E. Hirsch ’71 Classroom (Rm 101) at the Law School and is open to the Villanova Community and the public. This program is approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for 3 substantive credits.


To register for this event, click here.


To watch the livestream of this event, click here.

Welcome and Introductions: 9-9:10 a.m.


Featured Speaker: 9:10-10 a.m.

The Honorable John Quigley, Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection


Panel 1: 10-10:55 a.m., Environmental and Safety Issues

Keith Coyle, Shareholder, Babst Calland
Michael Gross, Principal, Post & Schell, PC
Michael Helbing, Staff Attorney, Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future

Moderated by Jonathan E. Rinde, Partner at Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox LLP


Break: 10:55-11:05 a.m.


Panel 2: 11:05 a.m.-12p.m., Local Government Issues

Mark Freed ’91, Partner, Curtin & Heefner LLP; Supervisor At Large, Tredyffrin Township Board of Supervisors
Michelle O’Brien, Attorney, O’Brien Law Group

Moderated by Jillian C. Kirn, Associate at Greenberg Traurig LLP


Closing Remarks: 12-12:30 p.m.

The Honorable Marie Therese Dominguez, Administrator, U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration



To read the full task force report, click here.