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.