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Essentials of Enforcement Defense

Thursday, November 17, 2016 | 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. CT; 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. ET; lunch served at 11:30 a.m. CT, 12:30 p.m. ET | Houston, TX

Broadcast from V&E's Houston office to our Austin, Dallas, New York, and Washington offices. The program is also available via webcast/teleconference.

The energy sector continues to be in the regulators’ crosshairs with new rules targeting greenhouse gas emissions and continued enforcement attention. The U.S. EPA has again designated the oil and gas sector as a national enforcement priority through at least Fiscal Year 2019, and state enforcement agencies are partnering with EPA on significant enforcement cases and undertaking their own enforcement actions across the country. In the energy sector, the enforcement net has covered a wide swath of operations, including upstream and midstream oil and gas facilities, as well as mining and other activities. The government is also spotlighting other sectors such as chemical manufacturing and agribusiness with heightened enforcement scrutiny.

Given the regulators’ emphasis on monitoring compliance and pursuing enforcement, it is imperative to understand the full suite of options for evaluating and addressing compliance issues, and key strategic considerations with resolving noncompliance, including:

  • Understanding the regulators’ priority areas for enforcement
  • Self-auditing and state and federal voluntary disclosure programs
  • Safeguarding privilege in enforcement investigations and litigation
  • Tips in negotiating penalties, injunctive relief, and supplemental environmental projects
  • “Next Generation Compliance”: how it plays into enforcement and potential traps for the unwary
  • Other tools in the toolkit, including the Freedom of Information Act and Information Quality Guidelines

Vinson & Elkins LLP is an accredited sponsor, approved by the State Bar of Texas Committee on MCLE. This course has been approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit by the State Bar of Texas Committee on MCLE in the amount of 1.00 credit hours. Vinson & Elkins has been certified by the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board as an Accredited Provider of continuing legal education in the State of New York for the period of June 1, 2014 to June 2, 2017. This Transitional and Non-Transitional continuing legal education program has been approved in accordance with the Continuing Legal Education Board of the State of New York for a maximum of 1.00 credit hours, in the area of Professional Practice. Vinson & Elkins LLP is a Multiple Activity Provider for The State Bar of California. This activity is approved for 1.00 general hours. Vinson & Elkins is registered with the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy as a CPE sponsor. This registration does not constitute an endorsement by the board as to the quality of our CPE program. This course is eligible for 1.00 CPE credit hours, of which 1.00 hours can be applied to the area of Other. No prerequisites required.


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