VOC and Methane Emission Reduction Regulations in the Oil and Gas Sector After the Election

  • A Virtual Setting
  • November 12, 2020


COLIN HARRIS is a partner in the Boulder Office of Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP. Colin’s “strong reputation in the oil and gas space, notably acting on high-profile pipeline-related litigation and air quality enforcement” (Chambers USA 2018) and his "unique ability to understand complex engineering and operational issues common throughout the oil and gas industry” (Chambers USA 2019) are among the reasons that leaders in the energy industry consistently select him to meet high-stakes litigation, regulatory compliance, infrastructure growth, and enforcement challenges, and to capitalize on 21st century opportunities. Industry leaders selected Colin as a Denver Business Journal “Who’s Who in Energy” honoree in 2019. He tackles climate change-related litigation and other risk management matters.  He is well recognized for problem-solving expertise in matters before the Office of Pipeline Safety.  Prominent companies in other sectors partner with Colin for legal and commercial solutions to environmental, regulatory and related litigation problems, ranging from mining (natural resource damages) to manufacturing (air quality permitting and toxic tort) to agriculture (air and water).  



BRANDON KIRKHAM is a principal in the Washington DC office of Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP. He helps clients advance their agendas through integrated public policy strategy and government advocacy. Drawing from two decades at the intersection of highly regulated businesses and government, Brandon partners with clients of varying size and complexity and across industries to develop and implement advocacy strategies that effectively assist clients in responding to legislative and regulatory challenges. He provides strategic advocacy on a broad range of policies of impact across the economy with significant experience assisting clients in managing energy, environment and climate change policy, regulations and permitting. He is engaged on behalf of traditional energy, low carbon and renewable fuels, chemical, food and agribusiness, manufacturing, medical device and other clients, including providing immediate assistance with the CARES Act and its popular Paycheck Protection Program.



SCOTT MASON is a 30-year veteran working air quality regulatory issues.  Mr. Mason began his career in the air quality field as a stack tester, analyzing and measuring pollutants from a variety of industrial sources across North America.  After five years of stack testing, Mr. Mason began a 10-year career as an inspector for the Air Pollution Control Division (APCD) within the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.  As an inspector, Mr. Mason provided compliance inspections and enforcement which grew into a focus on the then growing oil and gas industry.  Since working for the APCD, Mr. Mason has spent the last 15 years working and managing air quality programs for multiple oil and gas corporations in Denver.  In 2007, Mr. Mason was awarded Implementation Manager of the Year by the US EPA Natural Gas STAR Program.  Mr. Mason is currently the Team Lead – Environmental Programs for Enerplus Resources (USA) Corporation.  



JOHN WAGNER is the Vice President and Assistant General Counsel with the American Petroleum Institute (API). Mr. Wagner supervises API’s legal advocacy and has worked on a wide variety of regulatory and legislative issues in environmental law, natural resource law, and international trade.  In addition, Mr. Wagner has diverse corporate counseling experience in a wide variety of issues faced by nonprofit organizations, including employee benefits, worker classification, nonprofit taxation, state and federal lobbying restrictions, and antitrust. Prior to working at API, Mr. Wagner was an associate at Sims, Walker, & Steinfeld, P.C., specializing in litigation and transportation. Mr. Wagner received a Juris Doctorate from the George Washington University Law School, and graduated with honors from Colgate University.