Join the World Ocean Council and Kelley Drye for an upcoming conference on risk and sustainable development for ocean and waterway industries.

This conference will be held on March 8, 2019 at The Houstonian in Houston, Texas.

This half-day program will present a series of panels featuring law and policy experts from port authorities and maritime industries, private sector ocean users, governments, NGOs, and academia. Panels will discuss the most pertinent federal and state legal, regulatory and political developments impacting our ocean, waterways, and their uses.

There is no cost to register for this event. Click here to register.

Check-in begins at 11:30 a.m.

Lunch will be served, and you are invited to join us for a cocktail reception immediately following the program.


12:00 – 1:00 p.m.   Keynote Panel
Local leaders from Rice University and the Baker Institute will discuss coastal risk reduction strategies, flooding, resiliency, and redevelopment issues, including an update on the Mid-Bay Gate & Entry into the Houston Ship Channel and other public efforts and potential investments in Galveston Bay and along the Gulf Coast, to provide for future storm surge mitigation and protection.
Jim Blackburn, Baker Institute Faculty Scholar, Professor in the Practice of Environmental Engineering, and co-director of the Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center (SSPEED), Rice University
Dr. Philip Bedient, Herman Brown Professor of Engineering in Civil and Environmental Engineering and Director of the SSPEED Center, Rice University
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.     Water & Environmental Issues Panel
Panelists will focus on surface waters, restoration and redevelopment opportunities, environmental and economic issues impacted by the Waters of the United States Rule, and emerging legal issues. 
Bill Jackson, Partner and Co-Chair of the Environmental Law Practice, Kelley Drye
Wayne D’Angelo, Partner and Chair of the Energy Practice, Kelley Drye
Bob Stokes, President, Galveston Bay Foundation
2:00 - 3:00 p.m.     Waterways & Navigation Panel
Panelists will discuss U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), Port dredging, and development issues. 
Robert J. Beduhn, Principal Design Manager/Civil Works Director, HDR
Gary Loew, Senior Policy Advisor, Dawson & Associates
Bob Keyser, Federal Program Manager, AH Environmental Consultants
3:00 - 4:00 p.m.     Climate Adaptation and Extreme Weather Events Panel
Panelists will discuss the impacts of hurricanes to coastal infrastructure and how extreme weather events can cause the closing of ports, disruption of land transport, shutting of airports, interruption of water and food provision, loss of energy production or delivery, shuttering of businesses, etc. The session will address the need to ensure that ports and critical coastal infrastructure are adapted, ready and resilient to handle extreme events, and the legal context of this, such as, Climate Change Litigation, and the Sand Act.
Paul Holthus, CEO, World Ocean Council
Sarah Garza, Director, Environmental Planning and Compliance, Port Corpus Christi; Chair, Environment Committee, American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA)
Jennifer Barks, Associate, Kelley Drye
Guillaum Dubreuil, Senior Manager, Government Affairs, The CSL Group  

4:00 – 5:00 p.m.     Intersecting Marine Uses: Finding Synergies, Reducing Conflicts
Panelists will discuss the intersections between existing offshore economic activities, including offshore oil and gas, renewables, fisheries, aquaculture, dredging, habitat/shoreline restoration, marine transport, and defense, as well as laws and regulations applicable to resolving marine intersecting use issues. The session will focus on the opportunities for synergies and how to make them happen, and the challenges of incompatible uses and how to avoid conflicts.
David Frulla, Partner and Chair of the Oceans and Waterways Practice, Kelley Drye
Kent Satterlee, Executive Director, Gulf Offshore Research Institute
Don Kent, President/CEO, Hubbs SeaWorld Research Institute
Georg Engelmann, Chief Operating Officer, Excipio Energy Inc.
5:00 p.m.                Cocktail Reception  


Kelley Drye is an accredited provider of TX, NY, CA and IL CLE.  This continuing legal education program will offer California, Illinois and Texas general credits and New York non-transitional general credit. In accordance with the requirements of the New York State CLE Board, this non-transitional CLE program is not approved for newly-admitted attorneys within the first two years of admission to the Bar. We will apply for CLE credit in other jurisdictions, upon request, but cannot guarantee approval. If you are interested in applying to receive CLE credit, please include your desired jurisdiction and your bar registration number when you register.