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Professor David Spence delivered the keynote address at the annual Martz Symposium on Environmental Law at The University of Colorado in Boulder

On March 21st David Spence, Professor of Law and regulation at the McCombs School and the School of Law, delivered the keynote address at the annual Martz Symposium on Environmental Law at the University of Colorado in Boulder.  The title of the address was “Reasons for Cautious Optimism on Climate Change.”

Market forces and the states continue to drive decarbonization. Three states in particular — California, Texas, and New York — illustrate different ways in which this transition continues, offering a set of natural experiments from which the rest of the country will be able to derive important lessons that will hasten the transition process.

 

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EARTHx, the largest event of its kind in the world, with over 100,000 attendees last year, “creates a fun and engaging atmosphere for thought and experiential learning while encouraging attendees to be the change they wish to see in the world.”  For environmental professionals and others affected by and interested in sustainability and environmental law, EARTHx’s Law and Policy Symposium provides a unique opportunity to both listen to and participate in a series of discussions of environmental thought leaders, representing diverse perspectives, on legal issues relevant to charting a course for a future that is both protective and productive.  This year’s Symposium is truly exceptional.

Topics include the future of environmental regulation, sustainable and ethical corporate decision-making, disaster response, and domestic energy production post-Paris.  Symposium participants include, among others:  from EPA, Anne Idsal, Region 6 Regional Administrator, Susan Bodine, Assistant Administrator, Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, and Matt Leopold, General Counsel, as well as former EPA General Counsel, Avi Garbow; from the state, Attorney General Ken Paxton and a senior advisor to the Lieutenant Governor; from Congress, Congressman Carlos Curbelo, co-founder of the Climate Caucus; from industry, representatives from the Texas Chemical Council, NRG, the Edison Electric Institute, and the American Council on Renewable Energy; from NGOs, representatives from the Audubon Society, the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, and the Citizen’s Climate Lobby; and from academia, professors from Texas Techthe Kay Bailey Hutchison Energy Center at UT, and Rice University.

The Symposium will run from 8:30 AM to 4 PM at the Hall of State at the State Fairgrounds on Friday, April 20.  To register and for more complete information, click here.  The Symposium has applied for 6 ½ of CLE, including 1.5 hours of ethics.  The cost, which includes breakfast and lunch, is $225, $100 for government employees, and $25 for students. A preferred room rate of $129 + taxes has been secured at the Hilton Anatole Hotel.   For further information, email bruce.fogerty@earthx.org or call 214-521-0237, ext. 103.

 

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.