Overview As part of the Mentoring Environment & Energy Together project, The Horinko Group hosted a webinar on January 14, 2013 entitled Air: Legal, Regulatory, and Environmental Landscape, presented by Clara Maria Poffenberger, Partner at Bingham in Washington, DC. In this presentation, Ms. Poffenberger examines the current legal, regulatory, and environmental landscape of air issues within the oil and gas industry. Moderator
- Clara Maria Poffenberger, Partner at Bingham in Washington, DC.Clara Poffenberger’s practice focuses on air quality law, climate change regulation, and environmental issues in the oil and gas industry upstream, downstream and midstream segments. She is a well-known authority on the Clean Air Act and has more than 20 years of experience with U.S. and international environmental law. Clara’s background includes a combination of experience in private practice, government and industry. Before joining Bingham, Clara served ExxonMobil as in-house counsel on environmental and safety law where she advised the company on air regulatory issues and greenhouse gas regulatory issues under the Clean Air Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, Endangered Species Act, the Clean Water Act and state regulatory developments. Clara provided advice and counseling on air quality and greenhouse gas regulatory legal issues for all ExxonMobil businesses. She supported regulatory advocacy and related industry litigation; provided compliance counseling for new rules, existing rules, permits and consent decrees; and supported enforcement defense matters. Earlier in her career, while at a Washington, D.C., law firm, Clara advised companies from a variety of industries — including energy and power generation, manufacturing, beverage producers, chemical companies, pharmaceutical companies and mining firms — on air quality law, federal enforcement and environmental requirements of Latin American countries. She also developed a client group to monitor environmental legal developments in Latin America. Clara began her career at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) where she was the lead lawyer for enforcement of and compliance guidance concerning Clean Air Act New Source Review programs. She also worked with EPA regional permit engineers, enforcement staff and Department of Justice lawyers leading judicial actions.