On November 3, 2015, Secretary of State Kerry formally denied an application for a Presidential Permit by the TransCanada Keystone Pipeline. The decision capped a nearly ten year-long process which took on enormous political dimensions, becoming a virtual proxy in the debate over climate change and energy development. As the smoke begins to clear, questions arise as to what happens next both for the project and for the Presidential permit process. We will hear perspectives from both Canadian and U.S. practitioners familiar with the issues who will describe the permit process, the substantive issues, how the decision came to be made, the possible next steps for the parties involved, and the overall implications for pipeline and other energy-related projects in the future.
James W. Rubin, Dorsey & Whitney LLP, Washington, DC
Eugene E. Smary, Warner Norcross & Judd LLP, Grand Rapids, MI
Duff Harper, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Catherine D. Little, Hunton & Williams LLP, Atlanta, GA
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