Contemporary Issues in Oil and Gas Law: Fracking, Takings, Pipelines, and Regulation

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Fall 2014 Reading Group
Meets: Th 5:00pm - 7:00pm in WCC Room 5051
1 classroom credit

Drop Deadline: October 3, 2014 by 11:59pm EST

This Reading Group will explore hot legal issues in oil and gas law relating to public health, environmental quality, fair compensation for public natural resources, and eminent domain for public utilities. The goal of the Reading Group is to provide an overview of energy law and to demonstrate how this rich subject interacts with many other areas of law. We will also apply problem-solving skills in our discussions of often contentious topics, and think about how to represent clients in these settings or craft creative policy solutions and management strategies.

We will meet for six two-hour sessions. After a brief introduction to oil and gas activity in the United States, the group will tackle four legal topics – chemical disclosure, royalty transparency on public lands, methane emissions from the natural gas sector, and pipeline siting – in an informal, interactive setting. Students will be responsible for the readings, to ensure robust class discussions.

Note: The reading group will meet on the following dates: 10/2, 10/23, 10/30, 11/6, 11/13, 11/20.

Subject Areas: Environmental Law , Business Organization, Commercial Law, and Finance .