The New NEPA Regulations: Long Overdue Update or Radical Sea Change

  • A Virtual Setting
  • September 18, 2020 at 10AM MDT

 Hadassah (Dessa) M. Reimer (Program Co-Chair and Moderator)

HADASSAH (DESSA) M. REIMER is an attorney in the Jackson Hole, Wyoming office of Holland & Hart LLP. Her practice focuses on federal environmental regulation and litigation in federal court, including environmental impact assessment, endangered species, and public land permitting requirements. Dessa also has specialized expertise in Indian law. Dessa represents a variety of clients including conventional and renewable energy developers, mining companies, and water resource providers, as well as Indian tribes. Dessa has previously served as a trustee for RMMLF, and co-chaired and presented at numerous special institutes on administrative law, public lands, and NEPA.


Deana Bennett (Program Co-Chair)

DEANA BENNETT focuses on natural resource development on public and tribal lands. Deana’s experience includes permitting and environmental compliance efforts under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the Clean Air Act (CAA), and other related federal statutes. She has worked on a number of utility matters, and her experience includes working with renewable resource developers with siting issues on public, tribal, state, and local land. Her work also includes representing wind and solar projects, focusing on state and federal environmental law, permitting, due diligence, and opinion letters.  Deana has represented lenders and borrowers in a number of renewable energy projects in New Mexico.


Susan Jane Brown

SUSAN JANE BROWN is a staff attorney with the Western Environmental Law Center (WELC).  Her primary focus of litigation is federal public lands forest management, but her practice includes cases involving the Endangered Species Act, National Environmental Policy Act, National Forest Management Act, and other land management statutes.  She is a former Co-Chair of the National Advisory Committee for Implementation of the National Forest System Land Management Planning Rule and is also heavily engaged in collaborative forest restoration in the Upper John Day Basin in eastern Oregon.


Mario Loyola

MARIO LOYOLA is a senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute. From 2017 to 2019 he was associate director for regulatory reform at the White House Council on Environmental Quality. He has worked on energy and environment regulations for many years, including as a senior fellow at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. He has written extensively for national publications, including The Atlantic, National Review, and The Wall Street Journal.  He is a graduate of University of Wisconsin and Washington University School of Law.


Courtney Shephard

COURTNEY SHEPHARD is an associate in the Natural Resources Department of Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP, where her practice encompasses public lands, energy, and water resources. Ms. Shephard advises energy clients operating on federal lands on a variety of matters, including leasing, royalty appeals, and compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act and the Endangered Species Act. Ms. Shephard also works with clients seeking to acquire, develop, and protect water supplies and water-related infrastructure in Colorado. She regularly represents clients in Colorado water court proceedings and in administrative appeals within the Bureau of Land Management and the Office of Natural Resources Revenue, as well as before the Interior Board of Land Appeals.  In addition to practicing law, she has co-taught interdisciplinary climate change economics and policy courses and guest lectured on Colorado water law and policy at Colorado College.