Cultural Resources Law Conference: Consulting with Tribes on Energy Projects

19 - 20 October 2015

NRG and ERM are partnering with Greenberg Traurig, LLP to sponsor the upcoming Cultural Resources Law conference in Minneapolis on October 19 & 20, 2015. Join us for a two-day conference providing an overview of the complex legal, business and policy issues in historic preservation compliance and Tribal consultation. You will hear perspectives from Tribal governments, federal and state governments, industry professionals and consultants.

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Why NRG/ERM is participating

Our services for the Energy Sector are designed to assist the industry in responding to a range of challenges. Our in-depth understanding of regulatory issues concerning historic preservation and cultural heritage throughout the United States and abroad allows us to successfully manage the compliance effort for large energy projects. In addition, we have developed a particular expertise in supporting our client’s efforts to successfully and sustainably work with American Indian Tribes on energy development projects.

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NRG/ERM at the conference

NRG and ERM's experts will share their insights gained from recent involvement with a variety of interesting and complex projects. Both companies have a long history and broad reputation for thought leadership within the power sector and will be avid participants at the conference.

  • Jon Berkin, a Partner/Principal in NRG’s Minneapolis office, will be co-chairing the conference and co-presenting in three of the conference sessions: Energy Development and Cultural Resource Protection, Developing Successful Relationships with Tribes Reflections on Kinder Morgan’s Partnership with the Navajo Nation, and Best Practices in Permitting Energy Projects Effects on Cultural Resources.
  • Patricia Trocki, a Senior Environmental Consultant in in NRG’s Minneapolis office, will be co-presenting on Energy Development and Cultural Resource Protection.
  • Christopher Polglase, Technical Director - Cultural Heritage in ERM’s Washington, DC Office, will presenting on International Cultural Heritage: Working with Local Stakeholders.

ERM Speakers

Jon Berkin is a Principal/Partner in the Minneapolis office of NRG. He specializes in managing federal and state environmental permitting for largescale energy infrastructure projects. He has over 20 years of environmental permitting experience for energy projects throughout the lower 48 states and Alaska, including numerous energy projects on Tribal lands. He has extensive experience working with American Indian Tribes and is a frequent presenter on the topics of regulatory compliance, dispute resolution, and consultation issues at industry conferences and workshops.

Chris Polglase has over 30 years of professional experience in archaeological research and excavations, regulatory support, and Impact Assessment. He has geographically wide-ranging experience, having managed projects and conducted studies throughout the Continental United States, the Arctic, the Caribbean, Europe and southwest Asia during the course of his professional career. He works regularly with clients on Impact Assessment with a focus on the cultural heritage component of ESHIAs. He directs ERM's Cultural Heritage team in the company's Washington, D.C. office.

Patti Trocki is a Senior Consultant and Group Manager in NRG’s Minneapolis office. She has expertise in preparing third-party Environmental Impact Statements (EIS) and Environmental Assessments (EA) under the National Environmental Policy Act and has served as a technical lead for cultural resources. She has experience in environmental survey coordination; cultural resources compliance; Section 106 agreement documents; and agency and tribal coordination on energy projects, including electric transmission and pipeline projects. 


The Hilton Minneapolis
1001 Marquette Avenue South
Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55403