Course Description

This course offers a detailed look at two current issues in the energy sector in Pennsylvania: the decommissioning of nuclear power facilities, and the role of shale gas in the current and future energy market.

This course includes video recorded for the Washington County Bar Association's 2020 Winter Bench Bar.

Videography services were provided by Network Deposition Services.

Your purchase includes access to the course and course materials for 90 days.

CLE Credit:

1.0 PA Substantive CLE

This course contains approximately 60 minutes of content, all of which is required for course completion.

Your certificate of completion will be issued automatically after all elements of the course have been viewed/completed.  Credits will be reported to the CLE Board within 30 days of your completion of the course and your completion date will be reported as the day on which you actually finished the course.

Minimum System Requirements:

This course includes downloads of PDF documents (Portable Document Format) and streaming video. Viewing the documents will require Adobe Acrobat Reader or other PDF viewing software.  Adobe Acrobat Reader is available for free from the Adobe website.

The video player will run on Mac OS, Windows and Linux as well as most mobile devices and tablets on any browser that supports Adobe Flash and/or HTML5.  Supported browsers include Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Internet Explorer 9,10,11, and Microsoft Edge.  Internet Explorer 8 is not supported on Windows XP for security reasons, but is supported on Windows 7 or higher operating systems.

An internet connection with a minimum speed of 768 kilobits per second is required.  At least 5MB/sec is recommended to stream video in full HD quality.  Please note that the video player may downgrade the quality of the video to accommodate lower connection speeds.

Course Presenter

  • Pete Davin, Esq. and  Joe Morascyzk, Esq.

    Pete Davin, Esq. and Joe Morascyzk, Esq.

    Pete Davin Mr. Davin's practice is focused on the technical, commercial and regulatory aspects of the decontamination and decommissioning of nuclear power plants and other licensed facilities with the technical concentration on the management and hazards of radioactive material. His boutique legal and consulting practice serves clients ranging in size from small, family-owned businesses to nuclear power generating utilities and multi-national conglomerates. Almost immediately after graduating from law school in 1984 and by sheer happenstance, Mr. Davin undertook representation of one of the nation's four radioactive waste processing companies then in business. Though a small company, Alaron Corporation met unique market needs and grew to have national prominence. After representing the company privately for three years, he went in-house as a shareholder and a member of the senior executive team. In addition to serving as the company's General Counsel, he directed operations and the P&L of its Western Pennsylvania based licensed radioactive waste processing facility, as well as its sales, marketing and business development affairs. For approximately 15 years following the successful sale of the company, along with other former leaders of Alaron, Mr. Davin served in similar employment capacities with two other technical, nuclear-industry service companies. Those companies, Studsvik, Inc. and MOT A Corporation also became industry leaders in their respective niche service areas. Mr. Davin was a shareholder and part of the leadership team of the Western Pennsylvania based environmental engineering, geological and hydrogeological consulting and remediation group of companies that comprised Crouse Enterprises, Inc. In March of 2006, Mr. Davin formed his current practice through which he provides legal, technical and business consulting services as well as physical project execution. He holds four U.S. patents for inventions to volume reduce radioactive and highly irradiated hardware, the intellectual property rights for three patents having been assigned to Westinghouse Electric Company.

    Joe Morascyzk A founding partner of the firm, Attorney Morascyzk has represented land owners in regard to a variety of issues relevant to the Appalachian Basin's developing oil & gas industry. Particularly, Attorney Morascyzk's practice is focused on representing landowners through the leasing process, having assisted thousands of landowners, both individually and through leasing groups. Attorney Morascyzk also has experience in the oil and gas field concerning pipeline-right-of-way, seismic testing and land use issues. Additionally, Attorney Morascyzk has experience in the field of Bankruptcy law, and in providing Estate Planning and Estate Probate services. After graduating from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 2004, Attorney Morascyzk spent three years working as an associate attorney at two small firms in the Pittsburgh area. In 2007, Attorney Morascyzk opened his own law office in Washington, PA, during which time he became involved with oil and gas law, as his extended family owned significant acreage in Washington County. In late 2009, Attorney Morascyzk partnered with Attorney Jacob Polochak to form Morascyzk and Polochak, one of the first area law firms to focus its practice on representation of landowners and oil and gas owners in the region. Since that time, Morascyzk and Polochak have assisted landowners in Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Cambria, Clarion, Crawford, Erie, Greene, Indiana, Lawrence, Mercer, Somerset, Venango, Westmoreland and Washington Counties, and has worked as co-counsel with attorneys in New York and Ohio on several large leasing group projects.

    Attorney Morascyzk is a 2001 graduate of Washington and Jefferson College and remains active with W&J as an alumni advisor of the Pennsylvania Alpha Chapter of Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity, and as a supporter of the W&J Ice Hockey team. Attorney Morascyzk is married with three children and dedicates most of his time to his work and his family.

Course curriculum

  • 1
    Course Materials
    • How to Navigate This Course
    • PA Power Play Course Materials (Printing Optional)
    • PA Power Play Part One
    • PA Power Play Part Two
    • Course Evaluation (Required)