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Professor Owen Anderson Lectures on Drilling and Services Contracts at the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Oil and Gas Law Short Course

On October 18, 2017, Professor Owen Anderson, the Distinguished Oil and Gas Scholar in the Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Energy, Law, and Business, lectured on drilling and services at the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Oil and Gas Law Short Course. The Oil and Gas Law Short Course presents the fundamentals of, and practical training in, important areas of oil and gas law, leasing, contracting, conveyancing, regulation, and practice. The primary focus of this course is U.S. state law and regulation. The faculty consists of leading law professors and oil and gas practitioners, this year led by Jacqueline L. Weaver, the A.A. White Professor of Law at the University of Houston Law Center. Lectures and workshops covered: exploration and production operations; ownership, capture, and correlative rights; conservation regulation; oil and gas leases – function and classification, defining what is granted, and duration of the grant; implied covenants; royalties; division orders; drilling contracts; pooling and unitization; local regulation; split estates; environmental regulations; common interests; joint operating agreements; farmout agreements; marketing; ethical issues; and taxation.

About Professor Owen Anderson
Owen L. Anderson is a Professor and Distinguished Oil and Gas Scholar at the University of Texas School of Law in the Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Energy Law & Business. He is the Eugene Kuntz Chair Emeritus and the George Lynn Cross Research Professor Emeritus at the University of Oklahoma. He regularly teaches at the University of Melbourne, the University of Sydney, and the University of Dundee.

Professor Anderson has lectured at numerous other universities and venues on six continents and throughout the United States. He has authored over 100 articles. He is a co-author of International Petroleum Transactions, Hemingway Oil and Gas Law and Taxation, Cases and Materials on Oil & Gas Law, and A Student’s Guide to Estates in Land and Future Interests. He is a co-author of the supplements to Kuntz on Oil and Gas Law. He is editor in chief of the Texas Title Standards. He served as an editor of the Oil and Gas Reporter from 1989 to 2017. He was co-author of Volume 2 of the treatise Waters and Water Rightsand of the annual supplements from 1993 to 2017.

He serves as a member and current Vice President of Education of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators and serves as form and style editor of AIPN Model Contracts. He serves on the Academic Advisory Board of the Institute for Energy Law, as Faculty Adviser to the Texas Journal of Oil, Gas and Energy Law, on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Oil and Gas, Natural Resources, and Energy Law Journal (ONE J), and on the Executive Committee of the Journal of World Energy Law and Business. He is a member of the Texas, Oklahoma, and North Dakota bars; a life member of the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws; a member of the American Law Institute; an honorary trustee of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation; and a trustee of the Energy and Mineral Law Foundation. He is an arbitrator and consultant on oil and gas law and policy.

Law Students Visit Roscoe Wind Farm

On October 13, 2017, law students visited the Roscoe Wind Farm in Sweetwater, Texas. The Roscoe Wind Farm is one of the largest wind farms in the world. During the field visit, which was led by Professor Rod Wetsel, a member of the KBH Center’s adjunct faculty, students attended a presentation on wind turbine operation, viewed computer monitoring equipment, and went on a tour of the wind farm, including the inside of an operational wind turbine. The students also heard a presentation by Kathy Dickson (a local ranch owner with over 200 wind turbines) and other landowners regarding the impact of wind energy on the Sweetwater and West Texas economy. The students also met with attorneys and others involved in wind energy. Read more about West Texas Wind Power.

“We all know the story of the blind men and an elephant. An idle lawyer who sees no value in meeting his or her client in person may be no different from one of the blind men describing an elephant. As a student learning Wind Law from Professor Wetsel, being able to gain perspective of what we are studying was a priceless experience. Specifically, we were able to discuss some of the issues in cases involving wind farms such as nuisance claims while listening to the blades of a wind turbine rotate, and personally ask the lessors if there had been any interference of surface use by the lessees. We did not get to watch the Sweetwater Mustangs win another football game, but I thoroughly enjoyed the trip which was extremely helpful.”

-Moses Sye (LL.M. Candidate)

Photo courtesy of Moses Sye.
Photo courtesy of Moses Sye.
Photo courtesy of Moses Sye.

Professor Melinda Taylor Participates on Energy Panel at Texas Tribune Festival 2017

On September 23, 2017, Melinda Taylor, a Professor in The University of Texas at Austin School of Law and the Associate Director of the Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Energy, Law, and Business, participated on the Energy Panel at the Texas Tribune Festival 2017. The panel, which was titled “Is There an Oil Boom Around the Corner?”, explored why no state wants a boom more than Texas, the number one  producer of crude oil in the U.S. Professor Taylor’s discussion focused on the effects of shale development on Texas’ land resources. (Professor Taylor served as the lead on the land chapter in a new, comprehensive report on the effects of shale oil and natural gas development in Texas, released in June by the Academy of Medicine, Engineering, and Science of Texas.) In addition to Professor Taylor, discussants included Allen Gilmer, Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Drillinginfo and Chairman of TIPRO; Ken Morgan, Director of the Energy Institute at Texas Christian University; and Ryan Sitton, Texas Railroad Commissioner. Russell Gold, Senior Energy Reporter at The Wall Street Journal and 2015-2016 UT Energy Journalism Fellow, moderated the discussion.

Ken Morgan, Ryan Sitton, Melinda Taylor, Russell Gold, Todd Staples, and Allen Gilmer.

 

Professor Owen Anderson Speaks on Energy Outlooks at JTEKT Toyoda Americas Corporation’s TOYOTECH 2017 Oil, Gas & Valve Symposium

On September 13-14, 2017, Owen L. Anderson, a Professor in The University of Texas at Austin School of Law and a Distinguished Oil and Gas Scholar in the Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Energy, Law, and Business, spoke on Energy Outlooks at the JTEKT Toyoda Americas Corporation‘s TOYOTECH 2017 Oil, Gas & Valve Symposium in Arlington Heights, Illinois. TOYOTECH 2017’s purpose is to share innovative technologies and provide the latest trends and connections needed to grow in the oil and gas market.

Professor Owen Anderson speaks on Energy Outlooks at JTEKT Toyoda Americas Corporation’s TOYOTECH 2017 Oil, Gas & Valve Symposium on September 13-14, 2017 in Arlington Heights, Illinois.

 

 

KBH hosts State Department Officials as part of weeklong UT electricity education program

From September 11th to 14th the KBH Center joined the Energy Institute, the Jackson School of Geosciences, the LBJ School of Public Affairs, and the Cockrell School of Engineering in hosting a delegation from the US State Department for a 4-day electricity workshop. On the 12th, Dr. John Butler, the executive director of the KBH Center, coordinated the Energy Finance Panel, while Professor Melinda Taylor organized the one on Energy Law. Thirty-two State Department officials as well as students from departments across campus were in attendance.

The finance presentations featured a panel of experts moderated by Sheridan Titman (Walter W. McAllister Centennial Chair in Financial Services) that included Rob Jones (Director, Shell Midstream Partners), Mark Egan (Managing Director, Merrill Lynch Commodities), Shalini Ramanathan (VP Origination at RES America) and Michael Page (President and CEO of Renewable Assets, LLC).  The topics ranged from financing vehicles available in the US to impediments to completing transactions with foreign partners.

The law presentations included a discussion of the PUC and the challenges Texas faced early on in figuring out how to meet the RPS and integrate wind power into the grid (Becky Klein, former Chair of the Texas Public Utility Commission), the development of wind farms in Texas and especially the considerations relevant to private landowners (Rod Wetsel, Founding Partner, Wetsel, Carmichael & Allen, L.L.P.), and a brief overview of the regulatory framework in Texas (David Adelman, Harry Reasoner Regents Chair in Law), among others. There was also a roundtable discussion about Mexico’s experience to date with reforms to the electricity sector, especially efforts to expand the portfolio of renewable power generation (Jose Maria Lujambio, former General Legal Counsel, Mexican Energy Regulatory Commission).

The organizers also co-hosted a lunch where several State Department officials spoke on careers at the State Department to students from departments across campus.

State Department officials in front of Townes Hall at the School of Law.