Prerequisites: None, but familiarity with federal environmental or administrative law may be helpful.
Exam Type: No Exam
This seminar will explore hot legal issues in oil and gas law including property rights, chemical disclosure, air pollution, induced seismicity, regulation and valuation of public natural resources, and oil and gas pipeline siting. The goal of the seminar is to provide an overview of the issues and to demonstrate how this rich subject interacts with many other areas of law. We will also apply problem-solving skills in our discussions and group exercises, and think about how to represent clients in these settings or craft creative policy solutions and management strategies.
After a brief technical and legal introduction to oil and gas production in the United States, the group will tackle six issues in an informal, interactive setting. Students will be responsible for the readings, to ensure robust class discussions.
Short papers will be required over the course of the semester.