Carbon Capture: Federal and State Legislative Updates and Emerging Policy

  • a Virtual Setting
  • Wednesday, September 22, 2021


SARAH GREY is a Senior Associate in the Denver office of Arnold & Porter. She counsels clients in the fuels, energy, automobile, and manufacturing industries on a wide range of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and California regulatory and compliance matters, with a focus on stationary and mobile sources under the Clean Air Act and related state statutes. Ms. Grey has deep expertise on fuels regulatory, compliance, and litigation matters, including with regard to the federal Renewable Fuel Standard, California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard, and other state and international initiatives.


Melissa is the Owner of MLM & Associates LLC. She has 15 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. In May of 2020 Melissa started MLM & Associates LLC and has been able to diversify her experience by working with clients not only in oil and gas but solar and two separate carbon capture projects in Colorado and Kansas. The majority of Melissa’s career focus has been in surface land and regulatory through positions at Anadarko, Bonanza Creek, Crestone Peak Resources and most recently Cureton Midstream. Melissa attended the University of Wyoming where she received a Bachelor’s in Communication. She is also a Registered Professional Landman and member of the AAPL.   


TARA RIGHETTI is a Professor of Law at the University of Wyoming College of Law. She joined the University of Wyoming College of Law faculty in the fall of 2014. Prior to that, she served as CEO and general counsel of a privately owned upstream oil and gas company with operations in six states and on the Outer Continental Shelf. Professor Righetti teaches classes related to oil and gas and commercial law. She also teaches the Natural Resources Field Practicum. Her research interests include split estate issues, royalty payments, subsurface trespass, and energy development on public land. Professor Righetti’s research focuses on legal issues related to oil and gas regulation, land use, contracts, and development. She is currently studying energy transition in France as a Fulbright Scholar.



DR. SHUCHI TALATI is the Chief of Staff of Fossil Energy at the Department of Energy. Prior to that, she was a deputy director of policy at Carbon180 where she focused on policies to build sustainable and equitable carbon removal at scale. She was also a Scholar in Residence at American University and worked at the Union of Concerned Scientists where she led efforts to guide sound governance around solar geoengineering and carbon removal approaches to limit global warming. Dr. Talati was the 2017-2018 AAAS/AIP Congressional Science Fellow in the U.S Senate and served at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Obama Administration. Dr. Talati has a BS in environmental engineering from Northwestern University, an MA in climate and society from Columbia University, and a PhD from Carnegie Mellon University in engineering and public policy.