AMERICAN GAS ASSOCIATION by rr1w5Y

VIEWS: 5 PAGES: 4

									                 ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATORY ACTION COMMITTEE

                               FALL 2012 MEETING AGENDA

                              400 North Capitol St. NW Suite 450
                                      Washington, D.C.

                                   Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012


Purpose of Meeting: Decide strategy, policy and association positions to achieve
environmental advocacy goals for 2012 and 2013.

Registration Note: There is no meeting fee for the ERAC meeting, but registration is required
       so that AGA has information for printing tent cards and a head count for meals, room
       set-up, etc. There is a fee for the committee dinner. Please register ahead of time
       online at www.aga.org under Events.

8:30 a.m.        Continental Breakfast

9 a.m. Open Conference Call Link & Welcome

      Welcome to Committee Members – Chairman Tom Jansen, We Energies
      AGA Antitrust Compliance Guidelines Distributed & Reminder – Pam Lacey, AGA
       ERAC Staff Executive; Senior Managing Counsel, Environment
      Approve Spring 2012 Meeting Minutes
      Distribute AGA Advocacy Priority Goals for 2012 and Ballot for 2013

Action: For each issue below, decide strategy for achieving environmental advocacy goals.
(Focus on hot topics only – Refer to Briefing Memo for a detailed update on other issues.)

9:15 – 10 a.m.         Wetlands NWPs and Waters of the U.S.
                       U.S. Army Corps of Engineers NWP program
                       Update on Litigation & Discussion –
                       Speaker: Deidre Duncan, Partner, Hunton & Williams

10 – 10:15 a.m.        Wetlands – ERAC Discussion


10:15 – 10:45 a.m.     Permit Streamlining
                       Dept. of Interior, Fish & Wildlife Service IPaC Initiative
                       Executive Order on Permit Streamlining & Agency Plans
                       Pam Lacey & Arushi Sharma, AGA


10:45 – 11 a.m.        Break (15 minutes)
ERAC FALL2012 MEETING AGENDA – Oct. 17, 2012


11 a.m.         Pipeline Reauthorization, New PHMSA Regulations & Impact on Increased
                Need for Environmental Permits – Phil Bennett, AGA Senior Managing
                Counsel for Operations Safety

11:30 p.m.      Elections – Potential Impact on Energy & Environmental Policy
                Speaker: George Lowe, AGA Vice President Government Relations


12 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Luncheon Speaker on Permits for Infrastructure Projects:
                    Speaker: Michelle Moore, Senior Advisor, Director’s Office,
                    White House OMB (or a colleague)

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.         PCB Briefing from EPA
                         Speaker: Lynn Vendinello, EPA
                         Branch Chief
                         Fibers and Organics Branch
                         National Program Chemicals Division
                         Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics
                         & staff

2:30 p.m.                Break (15 minutes)

2:45 – 3:15 p.m.         PCB Strategy - ERAC Follow-Up Discussion

3:15 – 4:15 p.m.         Carbon Footprint of Natural Gas – Pam Lacey & Committee

       EPA Annual Inventory of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions and Sinks
       Oil and Natural Gas NSPS & MACT Rule
       EDF and GTI Projects - Methane Emissions from Natural Gas Systems
       Subpart W Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Reporting Rule

4:15 – 4:30 p.m.         Responsible Production Update – Arushi Sharma, AGA

4:30 – 5 p.m.            Roundtable on AGA Environmental Advocacy Priority Goals



**************************************************************************************************

6:30 p.m.       ERAC Dinner




                                                     2
ERAC FALL2012 MEETING AGENDA – Oct. 17, 2012


                                      AMERICAN GAS ASSOCIATION
                                   ANTITRUST COMPLIANCE GUIDELINES


Introduction
                                                                Do not, without prior review by counsel, have
The American Gas Association and its member                      discussions with other member companies about:
companies are committed to full compliance with all
laws and regulations, and to maintaining the highest               your company’s prices for products, assets or
ethical standards in the way we conduct our                         services, or prices charged by your
operations and activities. Our commitment includes                  competitors
strict compliance with federal and state antitrust laws,
which are designed to protect this country’s free                  costs, discounts, terms of sale, profit margins
competitive economy.                                                or anything else that might affect those prices

Responsibility for Antitrust Compliance                            the resale prices your customers should charge
                                                                    for products or assets you sell them
Compliance with the antitrust laws is a serious
business. Antitrust violations may result in heavy                 allocating markets, customers, territories
fines for corporations, and in fines and even                       products or assets with your competitors
imprisonment for individuals. While the General
Counsel’s Office provides guidance on antitrust                    limiting production
matters, you bear the ultimate responsibility for
assuring that your actions and the actions of any of               whether or not to deal with any other company
those under your direction comply with the antitrust
laws.
                                                                   any competitively sensitive information
                                                                    concerning your own company or a
Antitrust Guidelines                                                competitor’s.
In all AGA operations and activities, you must avoid
                                                                Do not stay at a meeting, or any other gathering, if
any discussions or conduct that might violate the
                                                                 those kinds of discussions are taking place.
antitrust laws or even raise an appearance of
impropriety. The following guidelines will help you
                                                                Do not discuss any other sensitive antitrust
do that:
                                                                 subjects (such as price discrimination, reciprocal
                                                                 dealing, or exclusive dealing agreements) without
 Do consult counsel about any documents that
                                                                 first consulting counsel.
  touch on sensitive antitrust subjects such as
  pricing, market allocations, refusals to deal with
                                                                Do not create any documents or other records that
  any company, and the like.
                                                                 might be misinterpreted to suggest that AGA
                                                                 condones or is involved in anticompetitive
 Do consult with counsel on any non-routine
                                                                 behavior.
  correspondence that requests an AGA member
  company to participate in projects or programs,
                                                               We’re Here to Help
  submit data for such activities, or otherwise join
  other member companies in AGA actions.
                                                               Whenever you have any question about whether
                                                               particular AGA activities might raise antitrust
 Do use an agenda and take accurate minutes at
                                                               concerns, contact the General Counsel’s Office, Ph:
  every meeting. Have counsel review the agenda
                                                               (202) 824-7072; E-mail: GCO@aga.org, or your legal
  and minutes before they are put into final form
                                                               counsel.
  and circulated and request counsel to attend
  meetings where sensitive antitrust subjects may
                                                                                          American Gas Association
  arise.
                                                                                          Office of General Counsel
                                                                                            Issued: December 1997
 Do provide these guidelines to all meeting                                               Revised: December 2008
  participants.

                                                           3

								
To top