Energy Law Lecture Series, October 11, 2021
W. Jackson Coleman
W. Jackson (Jack) Coleman is the founder and Managing Partner of EnergyNorthAmerica, LLC, an energy consulting firm.
A native of Rosedale, Mississippi, Jack made his career in Washington, DC, as an attorney and government executive. Prior to founding EnergyNorthAmerica LLC, Jack was Counsel at Arent Fox LLP in Washington DC with a focus on energy law. Prior to that, Jack was the General Counsel for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources, and prior to that Jack was the Energy and Minerals Counsel for the Committee. Jack was the primary drafter and negotiator for many provisions included in the Energy Policy Act of 2005, including carbon sequestration, unconventional energy, and regulatory reform. Further, among many other pieces of legislation, Jack drafted the bill and developed the strategy for the House, on a bipartisan basis, to pass the Deep Ocean Energy Resources (DOER) Act of 2006 - the first comprehensive bill to amend the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to pass either House of Congress since 1978.
For eleven years prior to moving to Capitol Hill in 2003, Jack was the Senior Attorney for Royalties and Offshore Minerals at the U.S. Department of the Interior, Office of the Solicitor. In that position, Jack was responsible for advising the Minerals Management Service on the implementation of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, the Oil Pollution Act of 1990, the Coastal Zone Management Act, the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and many other statutes. Further, Jack was lead attorney for the Department on many cases litigating the implementation of these statutes, including the landmark decision in Mobil v. US by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2000.
For three years prior to that, Jack was the Senior Attorney for Environmental Protection for the Department of the Interior with responsibilities as the legal advisor to the Department's Office of Environmental Policy and senior environmental law attorney in the Department.
Jack's prior work includes two years as the chief executive officer for a national trade association, the Contract Services Association of America; three and one-half years as chief of staff in the Office of the Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in the U.S. Department of Commerce; and four years as an active-duty U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's Corps lawyer (Captain).
Jack is a member of the Mississippi Bar. A native of Rosedale, Mississippi, Jack received B.B.A. in Accountancy and Juris Doctor degrees from the University of Mississippi. Jack and Elizabeth are also partners in The Rosedale Company LLC, a development company.
Honorable Elizabeth Ames Coleman
A native of San Antonio, Elizabeth served in elected office in Texas from 2001-2012. After election to her third term in the State House of Representatives from Bexar County, Elizabeth was appointed by Governor Rick Perry to a vacancy on the three member Texas Railroad Commission, the regulatory agency with jurisdictional oversight that includes oil and gas drilling and production, coal mining and reclamation, in-situ mining of Uranium, intrastate pipeline permitting and safety, and investor-owned natural gas utility rates among other matters. In 2006, she was elected statewide to the Railroad Commission where she served until 2012.
Elected twice to serve as Chairman of the Commission during her 7-year tenure, Elizabeth was dedicated to balancing the statutory rights and obligations of a vibrant oil and natural gas industry with the regional issues faced by communities located near extractive industry operations, including challenges ranging from infrastructure build-out needs, competing land use issues, road safety and traffic management, environmental concerns from water usage and disposal, air emissions and noise, to endangered species habitat protection. She focused on providing consistent implementation of state laws and administrative procedures, agency rules and regulations to provide a reliable process that supported the responsible development of Texas' vast energy resources.
Elizabeth served on the three-member Coastal Land Advisory Board, an entity created by the Governor to award the Coastal Impact Assistance Program (CIAP) funds allocated to Gulf of Mexico states to mitigate effects of offshore drilling as established by the U.S. Energy Policy Act of 2005. She simultaneously served on the Texas Coastal Coordination Council. The Council's mission was to coordinate Texas' approach to environmental management of coastal resources and to manage the coastal management grant funds awarded by the federal government to local entities for coastal improvement projects.
After leaving public service, Elizabeth joined international law firm, Squire Patton Boggs, as a Senior Policy Advisor assisting clients with strategic planning and providing federal and state energy regulatory advice. Elizabeth's work included an international focus in tandem with Squire Patton Boggs offices in the Middle East.
In 2015, she joined energy consulting firm, EnergyNorthAmerica, LLC as a partner with her husband, energy lawyer, Jack Coleman, to provide state and federal energy, maritime, and environmental policy advocacy, and corporate strategic planning to clients. They live in Mississippi and along with their energy consulting, they support ventures and projects dedicated to improving job and educational opportunities in the Mississippi Delta.
Elizabeth's energy commentary has been published over the years in national publications such as the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, Forbes Online, American Thinker, and many business journals across Texas. She is an outspoken proponent for the responsible production of and use of hydrocarbons.
She served on the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission, the National Association of State Regulatory Commissioners, and the Southern States Energy Board and has led trade missions to the Middle East and to Mexico. She is well-versed in State and US energy policy including, but not limited to, LNG export policy, oil export policy, domestic energy infrastructure permitting challenges and environmental issues facing regulated industries in the oil and gas extraction and pipeline industries.
Elizabeth is an active member of the Advisory Board of the Institute for Women's Leadership at Texas Women's University, an active member of the Board of Visitors of McDonald Observatory in Fort Davis, Texas, and she is a member of the Board of Directors of the Mississippi Heritage Trust.