GHG and CCS Regulatory and Legal Framework

Disciplines: Health, Safety, Environment, and Sustainability

Course Description

This course reviews the evolving regulatory and legal frameworks that will govern Green House Gases (GHG) and the emerging field of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS). As with any industrial activity, CCS will require various operating rules. In this course, participants will gain and understanding of the broad legal framework that defines the day-to-day operating procedures of the industry.


  • United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC)
  • The Kyoto Protocol, Copenhagen Accord and the Cancun Agreement
  • Current international climate negotiations
  • Surface and subsurface property rights issues for geologic storage
  • Remaining gaps in legislation and regulation

Learning Level


Course Length

1 Day

Why Attend

Lawmakers at both the national and state level are moving on issues that will affect all future CCS projects. This is your chance to learn from one of the industry’s leading legal experts.

Who Attends

This course is for oil and gas professionals, executives, managers, regulators and attorneys who need to understand the basic legal and regulatory framework that is shaping the emerging CCS industry.


0.8 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) are awarded for this 1-day course.

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations must be received no later than 14 days prior to the course start date. Cancellations made after the 14-day window will not be refunded. Refunds will not be given due to no show situations.

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We reserve the right to substitute course instructors as necessary.


Kipp Coddington represents investors in and developers of conventional and renewable energy projects in the United States and abroad. Considered an expert on carbon capture and storage (CCS), Coddington led the formation of and is counsel to the North American Carbon Capture & Storage Association. In 2007, he testified before the US Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on CCS long-term stewardship. In early 2010, the State of California invited him to serve on its CCS Review Panel. He is a member of the Interstate Oil & Gas Compact Commission’s CCS Task Force and has assisted on recent CCS-reports issued by the National Coal Council.

Coddington is a member of the state bars of the District of Columbia and Virginia. He holds a BS in chemical engineering from Purdue University and earned his law degree, magna cum laude, from Georgetown University.