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KBH Energy Center Releases This Week’s Upcoming Events Newsletter for Spring 2017

View the KBH Energy Center’s weekly Upcoming Events Newsletter for Spring 2017.

February 2017
February 23, 2017
February 8, 2017
February 1, 2017

January 2017
January 25, 2017
January 17, 2017
The link to the NY Times op-ed citing the University of Texas Electricity Report is broken. Read the op-ed here.
January 10, 2017
January 4, 2017

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Energy Management Program Attends 2017 Winter NAPE Expo in Houston for 4th year

The Energy Management Program attended the 2017 Winter NAPE expo in Houston for the 4th year.  A group of 4 students from the program joined EMP staff for the 2-day event.  The students were given the opportunity to network with industry professionals, attend presentations, and learn about opportunities within the industry.  Given the broad spectrum of attendees at NAPE, EMP students were able to interface with individuals in their desired sector within energy- ranging from service providers to midstream companies, governmental organizations, and beyond.  The students truly enjoyed the event and appreciated the opportunity to have 1-on-1 time with professionals in the energy industry.  As a result of EMP supporting networking events such as this, several students from the 2016 cohort secured internships for 2016-2017.

EMP students Juan Villarreal, Mac Bolton, Daniele Brambilla and John Fuentes with UT football player Vince Young.
EMP students Juan Villarreal, Mac Bolton, Daniele Brambilla and John Fuentes with UT football player Vince Young.

KBH Center Convenes Second Annual Symposium on The Future of the Oil and Gas Industry

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ABOUT THE EVENT
The centerpiece of our programming this year was the Second Annual KBH Center Symposium, which took place on February 10, 2017. The title of the symposium was “The Future of the Oil and Gas Industry: Peak Oil or Peak Demand – What’s the Horizon?” and featured some of the nation’s leaders in the oil and gas sector. Energy experts Congressman Joe Barton and API President and CEO Jack Gerard gave the keynote addresses, Barry Smitherman (Former Chairman of the Railroad Commission of Texas) gave a presentation on the implications for Texas of the New Trump Administration’s Energy Agenda, and industry leaders Scott Sheffield (Pioneer), David Baldwin (SCF Partners)Tom Petrie (Petrie Partners), and Sir Simon Mayall (Greenhill) also spoke. The oil and gas industry is grappling with external factors – lower commodity prices attributable to abundant new supplies of gas and oil, coupled with slowed economic growth in China and elsewhere – that are putting pressure on the industry’s traditional business model. In addition, the energy industry itself is changing as a result of improved drilling technologies, the viability of alternative energy sources, and global pressure to reduce carbon emissions. The industry experts at this conference discussed these factors and others, as well as their perspectives on the likely impacts of the new President’s energy policy on the industry. Over 250 people attended the event.

Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison and symposium speaker Barry T. Smitherman (Former Chairman, Texas Railroad Commission), who gave a presentation on Implications for Texas of the New Trump Administration's Energy Agenda.
Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison and symposium speaker Barry T. Smitherman (Former Chairman, Texas Railroad Commission), who gave a presentation on Implications for Texas of the New Trump Administration’s Energy Agenda.
The first panel at the Second Annual KBH Center Symposium focused on Thriving in the New Commodity Price Dynamic.
The first panel at the Second Annual KBH Center Symposium focused on Thriving in the New Commodity Price Dynamic.
The second panel at the Second Annual KBH Center Symposium focused on The Impact of Geopolitical Developments on the Oil and Gas Sector.
The second panel at the Second Annual KBH Center Symposium focused on The Impact of Geopolitical Developments on the Oil and Gas Sector.

About UT Energy Week 2017 
The KBH Center Symposium was part of UT Energy Week (February 7-10, 2017). Attended by nearly 1,000 people in 2017, UT Energy Week is a week-long Energy Week of events sponsored by numerous academic departments and student organizations across campus. Learn about UT Energy Week 2017.

SPEAKERS
Congressman Joe Barton
Barry Smitherman, Former Chairman of the Railroad Commission of Texas
Mark Finley, General Manager, Global Energy Markets & US Economics, BP America Inc. 
Scott Sheffield, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Pioneer Natural Resources Company 
David Baldwin, Co-President, SCF Partners 
Tom Petrie, Chairman, Petrie Partners, LLC 
Jack Gerard, President and CEO, American Petroleum Institute 
Sir Simon Mayall, Senior Advisor, Greenhill & Co. International LLP 
Gabriel Alonso, Chief Executive Officer, EDP Renewables North America 
Jon Olson, Department Chair and Professor, Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin

PROGRAM
Download a PDF of the symposium program.

PRESENTATIONS
Download a PDF of some of the presentations.
Mark Finley
Tom Petrie
Gabriel Alonso

Guests at the Second Annual KBH Center Symposium included lawyers, businesspeople, and policymakers.
Guests at the Second Annual KBH Center Symposium included lawyers, businesspeople, and policymakers.
Law students in the KBH Center's LL.M. (Master of Laws) Concentration for in Global Energy had the opportunity to attend the Second Annual KBH Center Symposium.
Law students in the KBH Center’s LL.M. (Master of Laws) Concentration for in Global Energy had the opportunity to attend the Second Annual KBH Center Symposium.

2017 KBH CENTER-TJOGEL ENERGY BANQUET
On February 9, 2017, the KBH Center, in collaboration with TJOGEL (the Texas Journal of Oil, Gas and Energy Law) held a banquet to honor U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (UT, B.A. in Civil Engineering, 1975) and Ms. Sylvia Kerrigan (UT, J.D., 1991). The KBH Center presented Secretary Tillerson with the 2017 KBH Center Award for Outstanding Leadership in Energy. TJOGEL presented Ms. Kerrigan with the 2017 Ernest Smith Lifetime Achievement Award. Ms. Kerrigan also serves on the Executive Council of the KBH Center. Over dinner, more than 350 guests listened to University Leadership, including Dr. Dan Jaffee, Vice President for Research, and Ward Farnsworth, Dean of the School of Law, discuss the current state of energy research at The University of Texas at Austin – the premier energy university in Texas, the U.S., and the world. Download a PDF of the banquet program.

KBH Center Leadership: From Left to Right: Executive Council Co-Chair Duke R. Ligon, Executive Council member and Ernest Smith Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient Sylvia J. Kerrigan, Executive Council Co-Chair Sam L. Susser, Professor Melinda Taylor, the Executive Director of the KBH Center, and Dr. John Butler, the Associate Director of the KBH Center.
KBH Center Leadership: From Left to Right: Executive Council Co-Chair Duke R. Ligon, Executive Council member and Ernest Smith Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient Sylvia J. Kerrigan, Executive Council Co-Chair Sam L. Susser, Professor Melinda Taylor, the Executive Director of the KBH Center, and Dr. John Butler, the Associate Director of the KBH Center.
KBH Center Executive Council: From Left to Right: W. Matt Ralls, Dan O. Dinges, Co-Chairs Duke R. Ligon and Sam L. Suser, Joseph C. Dilg, Rad Weaver, and Richard K. Mcgee.
KBH Center Executive Council: From Left to Right: W. Matt Ralls, Dan O. Dinges, Co-Chairs Duke R. Ligon and Sam L. Suser, Joseph C. Dilg, Rad Weaver, and Richard K. Mcgee.
Second Annual KBH Center Symposium Planning Committee: From Left to Right: Executive Council members James Lloyd Loftis, Dan O. Dinges, and W. Matt Ralls.
Second Annual KBH Center Symposium Planning Committee: From Left to Right: Executive Council members James Lloyd Loftis, Dan O. Dinges, and W. Matt Ralls.
KBH Center Executive Council: From Left to Right: Co-Chair Duke R. Ligon, Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, and Co-Chair Sam L. Susser.
KBH Center Executive Council: From Left to Right: Co-Chair Duke R. Ligon, Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, and Co-Chair Sam L. Susser.

SPONSORS
Patron
Dan O. Dinges and W. Matt Ralls
Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation

ExxonMobil

Sponsor
Bracewell LLP

Vinson & Elkins LLP

Supporter
Joseph C. Dilg

Greenhill & Co., Inc.

Holland & Knight LLP

Sylvia and Matt Kerrigan

Duke R. Ligon

Sam L. Susser

Thompson & Knight LLP

Ashley and Rad Weaver

CONFERENCE CONTACT
Mauricio Pajon

Melinda Taylor, “Here’s Another Staggering Cost of Trump’s Border Wall” (The Huffington Post)

On February 17, 2017, The Huffington Post quoted Professor Melinda Taylor, the executive director of the KBH Center, in a story about the environmental cost of Trump’s border wall. According to the story, “Environmentalists say they are particularly concerned that Trump, thanks to a legal loophole, may be able to push through his plans for the wall with little or no environmental oversight,” which Taylor said Trump could exploit to devastating effect. “The new administration has a wild card they can pull and it’s in this law,” Taylor told CNN last month. “The language in this law allows them to waive all federal laws that would be an impediment to building any type of physical barrier along the border, including a wall.” If Trump does use this “wild card” to duck environmental protections, “it will be particularly tragic,” said Taylor. “If they really try to build a wall, without regard for environmental laws and without environmental impact statements, the effect of a border wall would be more catastrophic than a border fence.”

Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation 2017-2018 Scholarship Programs

A reminder that application deadlines for our Scholarships Programs are fast approaching:

SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION DEADLINES:
JD Applicants – FEBRUARY 28, 2017
LLM Applicants – MARCH 15, 2017

Information and an application form can be found on our website at https://www.rmmlf.org/professors-and-students/scholarships.

The Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation (RMMLF) has two Scholarship Programs to support well-qualified law students who have the potential to make significant contributions to scholarship in natural resources law:  the Joe Rudd Scholarships, established in 1979 in honor of a prominent natural resources attorney in Alaska, and the RMMLF Scholarships, established in 1993. Over $2.5 million has been awarded to 486 scholars.

  • A law student enrolled full time at one of the Foundation’s Constituent Law Schools listed below and who can demonstrate a commitment to study natural resources law or who is undertaking the study of natural resources law is eligible to apply for these tuition scholarships. Incoming LLM Students and JD 1Ls: If you have applied to one of these schools, but have not yet been accepted, you may still apply for a scholarship, although scholarships will only be awarded for tuition at these schools.
University of Alberta

University of Arizona

Arizona State University

Brigham Young University

University of Calgary

University of California–Davis

University of Colorado

Creighton University

University of Denver

Gonzaga University

Florida State University

University of Houston

University of Idaho

University of Kansas

Lewis and Clark

Louisiana State University

University of Montana

University of Nebraska

University of Nevada–Las Vegas

University of New Mexico

University of North Dakota

University of Oklahoma

University of the Pacific–McGeorge

University of South Dakota

Southern Methodist University

Texas A&M University

Texas Tech University

University of Texas

University of Tulsa

University of Utah

Washburn University

University of Wyoming

 

  • Amount of Scholarships. Scholarship awards may cover partial or full tuition costs only. The tuition scholarships must be used at, and will be paid directly to, one of the Constituent Law Schools listed above.
  • Criteria for Selection. Applications will be evaluated by the RMMLF Scholarships Committee according to an established set of criteria, which include:
  • Potential to make a significant contribution to the field of natural resources law
  • Academic ability
  • Leadership ability
  • Year in law school
  • Financial need

Questions? Please email scholarships@rmmlf.org.

Professor Owen Anderson, the KBH Center’s Distinguished Oil and Gas Scholar, Speaks on Most Important Issues Currently Facing the Oil and Gas Industry

In addition to moderating the panel on allocation and psa wells at the 12th Annual TJOGEL Symposium last week, Professor Anderson co-taught seminars on negotiating contracts in the international petroleum sector and on the differences between domestic and international petroleum law and contracting on February 14th at NAPE in Houston.

He will also attend the annual meeting of the Board of Editors of the Oil and Gas Reporter on February 16th and attend the Institute for Energy Law’s 68th Annual Oil & Gas Conference on February 16th-17th in Houston.