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The Horinko Group Newsletter: Issue 10, October 2012

Headlines

THG Releases Hydraulic Fracturing Guidebook –
A Comprehensive Look at the Environmental, Regulatory, and Legal Landscape

The Horinko Group is pleased to announce the release of a content-rich white paper on the current and future environmental, regulatory, and legal issues tied to hydraulic fracturing. This report provides an overview of the history, economics, and resource availability of natural gas drilling using unconventional techniques. Environmental concerns, current and pending regulations on the state and federal level, and the current status and implications for legal proceedings are thoroughly investigated.

THG envisions this guidebook will serve as the foundation for a coalition on responsible natural gas development that will work to ensure the continued growth of the industry, while protecting our shared environment.

To download the report in its entirety, visit http://bit.ly/THGHF2012.

THG Fourth Annual Summit Proceedings Await Publication

On October 17, The Horinko Group hosted its Fourth Annual Summit entitled, The Next Generation of Environmental Compliance and Enforcement. The event featured a public and private sector panel, stimulating a fascinating dialogue on what the future may hold for environmental protection.

THG is grateful to all participants, presenters, partners, and sponsors for a wonderful event. The Summit proceedings will be released within next month’s newsletter. THG will continue to inform and advance the dialogue around these critical matters that affect us all.

To download the 2012 Summit Program, visit http://bit.ly/THG2012Summit.

20th Section ABA Fall Meeting Panel Provides Insights into the Next Four Years

On October 12, 2012, THG President, Marianne Horinko, moderated a panel at the American Bar Association’s SEER Fall Meeting in Austin, TX on the expectations for Energy, the Environment, & Politics in the next Administration. The panel examined developments related to energy, permitting, clean up standards, toxic tort litigation, environmental justice, and the role of STEM careers in advancing the U.S. economy and environment.

To download a summary report of the panel's insights and forecasts developed in conjunction with this ABA presentation, visit http://bit.ly/ABATHGEEP20.

New York Times: "A Grand Experiment to Reign in Climate Change"

(NYTimes) California will become the first state to implement a carbon cap and trade system on January 1 of next year. The program aims to reduce California’s emissions by about 30% and serve as a model to be replicated elsewhere. Many risks for the state and its businesses linger. Some predict that carbon intensive industries will move out of the state while others voice concerns about the misuse of offsets. Despite many uncertainties, there remains a good deal of promise in the creation of this new market.

To read the article in its entirety, visit http://bit.ly/aGEtRiCC.

Watershed Curriculum Receives National Recognition

The National Association for Interpretation recently honored Formations, Inc. with two first place awards in its 2012 Media Awards. One of these was for the comprehensive teaching guide, Our Mississippi: Educational Activities about the Upper Mississippi River, created in partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Louis District. This is a 344-page textbook available to teachers at no cost, and offering them dozens of engaging ways to instruct young students about the Upper Mississippi River and its role in history, the U.S. economy, the environment, and outdoor recreation.

The Horinko Group was honored to provide modest financial support to offset costs associated with conducting Teacher Workshops this past summer to introduce the curriculum to basin educators.

To read the full text of the announcement, visit http://bit.ly/NAIourmiss.

To view the Our Mississippi guide, visit http://1.usa.gov/RI42GW.

Annual Middle School Water Festival Celebrates 10th Year

The National Great Rivers Research and Education Center hosted their 10th Annual Water Festival on September 17 at Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey, Illinois.  The Horinko Group was a proud sponsor and supporter of this effort that connects fifth grade students to the importance of water.  The interactive festival engaged students in a variety of hands-on activities to teach them to respect nature and appreciate water.
 
To learn more about the festival, http://bit.ly/LCWFest10.

Upcoming Events

Next Environmental Speaker Series Luncheon December 5
December 5, 2012 | 12:00 – 1:30 PM EDT | 2300 N St NW, Washington, DC
CTC FoundationTopic: P3 Possibilities for Addressing Our Nation’s Water Infrastructure Backlog

The Horinko Group’s next Environmental Speaker Series luncheon features Lewis D. Solomon, Rinehart Professor Emeritus of Business Law at The George Washington University Law School. In his luncheon presentation, Mr. Solomon will discuss opportunities where public-private ventures can advance much needed progress in the water and wastewater sector and tackle the most difficult fiscal and environmental compliant situations that many communities routinely encounter. He will provide a balanced perspective on the role privatization can play and how collaborative engagement can shape our water and wastewater future.  

Mr. Solomon draws on his research regarding privatization and the P3 process in the infrastructure arena. A prolific author, his recent book, America's Water and Waste Water Crisis: The Role of Private Enterprise, analyzes privatization, P3s, how the U.S. water and wastewater industry has operated in the past, and how it may evolve into the future.

Join us on Wednesday, December 5 at The Horinko Group’s offices in the West End of Washington, DC.  To attend or inquire about sponsorship opportunities, please contact and/or RSVP with info@thehorinkogroup.org.

20th Annual International Energy Policy Conference
October 25-27, 2012 | Oklahoma City, OK | Registration
The 2012 IEPC will focus on water resources and the future of energy.  The conference is hosted by the Energy Advocates and the Chickasaw Nation and features a variety of speakers and panel discussions on key energy topics.

To download the IEPC agenda, visit http://bit.ly/IEPC2012.

Free Webinar – Climate Change is in our Business: Urbanization and Economic Growth in the 21st Century
November 15, 2012 | 1:15 - 2:45 PM | Registration
The Security and Sustainability Forum’s November 15 webinar is the fourth in its Urbanization in a Growing World Series.  The webinar will explore the effects of climate change on the private sector and entrepreneurship, given that cities are increasingly the engines of economic growth, and will also look at how the private sector can respond to and mitigate climate change.

To learn more and register for the webinar, visit http://bit.ly/SSF111512.

River Crossings – Linking River Communities
March 11 — 15, 2013 | Grand Junction, CO
The River Management Society, Tamarisk Coalition, and International Submerged Lands Management Conference will host the 2013 River Management workshop.  The event will feature a week of presentations, panels and field trips highlighting advances and issues in riparian restoration and river management practices.

To learn more, visit their website at http://bit.ly/rmsrclrc32013.

In The Spotlight

BP Deepwater Horizon Won’t Settle Before The Election

This month’s In the Spotlight is the third installment of Tim Richardson’s insider account of the BP RESTORE Act.  Mr. Richardson has spent 23 years working in Exxon Valdez restoration and provides unique insight into the restoration opportunities from the BP spill settlement.

Political cycles present the obvious opportunity for prognostication.  Polling is happening daily. Rather than present another poll, let us take this opportunity to make a simple prediction.

There will be no pre-election BP Deepwater Horizon settlement despite an $18 billion deal being on the table last month and a rumored $21 billion settlement this past Friday, October 19.  

Before speculating on why this settlement hasn’t happened and why those directly involved are hedging, let’s review what we know with certainty.

To read this special edition of “In the Spotlight”, visit http://bit.ly/THGOct2012Spotlight.

Featured Column

Excerpt From:A Successful Water Public-Private Partnership: A Locality's Perspective

Lewis D. SolomonBy: Lewis D. Solomon, Rinehart Professor Emeritus of Business Law at The George Washington University Law School
From a locality's perspective, a successful water public-private partnership (P3) rests on the power of knowledge, information, and experience.

With respect to knowledge, a locality contemplating a P3 must ask: what's the problem we're trying to solve? Is it maintaining, upgrading, or expanding our water infrastructure? Are we trying to close a non-water related budgetary gap, for example, funding employees' pensions? Or, is it a mix of water infrastructure and non-water related budgetary needs?

After identifying the problem, a community needs to gather information and expand its knowledge base. It must ask: what's the best way to solve the problem? For instance, if its water system needs capital, can the locality raise the funds by borrowing, increasing rates, achieving economies by consolidating and/or regionalizing services across small neighboring communities, or tapping general funds? In view of the fiscal crisis facing many localities, general funds represent a highly unlikely capital source. The funds will not magically appear and another solution must be sought.

To read the remainder of the featured column, visit http://bit.ly/THGOct2012FC.

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