Hydrofracking: Overview of Legal Issues

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The heavy media attention focused on hydraulic fracturing in New York State often raises more questions than answers.  The program is designed to provide a basic understanding of the issues in dispute, the existing legal framework, and the status of proposed regulations. In addition, the program will focus on potential impacts upon New York State clients and will assist attorneys in identifying critical legal issues relating to the hydraulic fracturing process.

MCLE Credit:  Professional Practice – 1.0  

About the Speaker:

Greta K. Kolcon is a Partner in the Litigation Department of Woods Oviatt Gilman, LLP, and currently chairs the Firm’s Environmental Law and Litigation Practice Group. Her practice includes representation of clients involved in complex environmental litigation throughout New York State in both state and federal court. She regularly represents clients in cases involving petroleum, lead, mold, asbestos, perc and other chemical substances, such as insecticides. She also counsels clients on regulatory issues and managing liability risks. Ms. Kolcon received her J.D. degree cum laude from Stetson University College of Law, and received her B.A. with honors from the University of Michigan.

Ms. Kolcon is a past President of the Greater Rochester Association for Women Attorneys (GRAWA), a past member of the Board of Directors for the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York (WBASNY) and WBASNY’s Executive Committee, and a past WBASNY Convention Committee Co-Chair.  Ms. Kolcon is also an active member of the Monroe County, New York State, and American Bar Associations, as well as the Rochester Women’s Network and the Women’s Council of the Rochester Business Alliance.

WBASNY is certified by the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board as an Accredited Provider of continuing legal education in the State of New York. All programs are transitional. Financial hardship scholarship: Full and partial scholarships for these programs based on financial need are available. A written request must be forwarded to the WBASNY President, at Post Office Box 936, New York, NY 10024-0546. All requests are confidential.

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