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"West Virginia Record" features Pace University in "Professor praises National Energy and Sustainability Moot Court at WVU"

03/08/2018

"West Virginia Record" features Pace University in "Professor praises National Energy and Sustainability Moot Court at WVU"

...This year, students from 22 law schools across the country will gather on the Morgantown campus over a four-day period beginning Thursday, March 8 to deal with the issue of a liquefied natural gas facility and tackle the question of “whether an analysis of the environmental impacts requires consideration of the greenhouse gases that will be released when the natural gas is ultimately combusted in its foreign destination.”

Van Nostrand detailed how he believes the answers the students come up with could spell benefits for society as a whole.

“In particular, the competitors will be debating the applicability of the public trust doctrine, which considers whether the government has an obligation to preserve for current and future generations certain natural resources (air, water, access to coastline),” he said. “Another issue in the problem is whether the government has an obligation to consider the impacts on climate change of the natural gas that flows through natural gas facilities when it prepares and environmental impact statement. We select the issues for the problem based on trend-setting cases currently pending in the federal courts that involve the intersection of energy and environmental law.”

The 22 law schools competing are Appalachian School of Law, College of William and Mary, George Washington University, Louisiana State University, Ohio State University, Pace University, South Texas College of Law Houston, University of Maryland, University of North Carolina, University of North Dakota, University of Pittsburgh, University of Utah, Washburn University, Duquesne University, University of Virginia, and Vermont Law School. Because it is the host law school, WVU will not compete.

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