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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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Joseph C. Dilg
Sylvia and Matt Kerrigan
Ashley and Rad Weaver
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.”
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.
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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.