The Texas Journal of Oil, Gas, and Energy Law is published twice a year by students at the University of Texas School of Law.  The only entirely student-run journal in the country devoted exclusively to promoting scholarship in the energy legal field, TJOGEL has published over 3,800 pages of analysis of legal issues affecting the energy industry and has circulated over 9,000 copies to attorneys, professors, judges, law students, and industry professionals worldwide.


The TJOGEL Blog gives students and practitioners the opportunity to explore current topics and latest news in oil, gas, and energy law. The blog allows us to discuss recent developments, as they occur, in order to keep our readers informed of the latest issues in the field.


The Oil & Gas Law Society is designed to expose first-year law students to the energy legal community so that they can explore the various career paths and academic issues related to the energy practice. The Society helps second and third year students with an identified interest in energy law target specific career paths and industry practitioners who can help them jump-start a future career without the added obligations of editing requirements.


The Drill is our quarterly newsletter, which we publish to keep our readers informed of events and information about TJOGEL and our membership.


The Texas Journal of Oil, Gas, and Energy Law was founded in 2005 to provide a platform for the scholarly discussion of emerging issues in oil, gas, and energy law. Each year, the student-run board works hard to maintain strict editing standards and expand our reach in the field.

Our mission is to provide energy professionals with relevant information on emerging issues in the dynamic field of oil, gas, and energy law, while cultivating the industry’s future leaders.

  • Connect students, alumni, and practitioners
  • Expand national presence
  • Develop superior content

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April 7, 2018

Are Disposal Wells Causing Seismic Activity? An Overview of the Current Debate

The heated debate has centered on whether disposal wells or fracking are causing seismic activity. The arguments started to surface due to areas with heavy oil and gas activity, specifically …

April 5, 2018

Modern Mining

“Wow, if I had invested $1,000 in Bitcoin last week, today I would have… still no idea how Bitcoin works.”[1] If you share Stephen Colbert’s sentiment or think blockchain sounds …

February 27, 2018

Sand Ownership in Texas: Mineral or Surface Estate

“Frac sand,” commonly a particular kind of crystalline silica sand[1] used to hold open fractures created in reservoir rock that allow easier capture of oil and gas,[2] presents an opportunity …

February 13, 2018

Application of Blockchain Technology to the Energy Industry

Perhaps no topic has caused as much excitement in recent months as the various and widespread applications of blockchain technology, most commonly distilled for popular consumption in the form of …

February 12, 2018


This June, at the outset of the visit by the Prime Minister of India, the United States Government announced an award of $7.5 million for a joint US-India five-year project …



  • Nathan Guerra, Editor-in-Chief
  • Cole Thoms, Managing Editor
  • Cody Johnson, Chief Articles Editor
  • Rizwan Popatia, External Financial Officer
  • Kolten Morris, Internal Financial Officer
  • Tania Piñon Venegas, Director of Submissions
  • Annie Crea, Symposium Director
  • Genesis Laren, Recent Developments Editor
  • Taylor Wilson, Executive Editor


  • Felipe Alice, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius
  • Jim Barkley, Baker Botts
  • John B. Connally IV, Vinson & Elkins
  • Robin S. Fredrickson, Latham & Watkins
  • Richard B. Hemingway, Jr., Thompson & Knight
  • W. James “J.J.” McAnelly, Bracewell 
  • D. Davin McGinnis, Scott, Douglass & McConnico
  • David Patton, Locke Lord 
  • Alex Schoch, Railroad Commission of Texas
  • James L. Rice III, Sidley Austin
  • Omar Samji, Shearman & Sterling


  • Ryan Dolmanet, Assistant Managing Editor
  • Wesley Sentell, Director of Development
  • Maggie Gunn, Director of Development
  • Mason Taylor, Director of Development
  • Alec Paradowski, Administrative Editor
  • Katherine Harclerode, Society Director
  • Carl Gustafson, Director of Media
  • Articles Editors:
    • Claire Demers
    • Amy Das
    • Jacob Sims
    • Bradley Potts
  • Assistant Submission Editors:
    • Andreina Escobar
    • Jonathan Harper
  • Associate Recent Developments Editors:
    • Caleb Eiland
    • Henry Humphreys
  • Symposium Associates
    • Kathy Dzienkowski
    • Gabe Lozano


A specialist in oil and gas law, Professor Smith is co-author of the leading casebook on Oil and Gas Law (West, 6th ed., 2013), and the leading treatise on Texas Law of Oil and Gas (3 volumes, 2nd ed., LEXIS, 1998-2013). He has also authored numerous articles on a wide range of topics in energy law. Selected Works is a compilation of just some of those articles.

In 2008 Professor Smith received the Massey Teaching Excellence Award. Earlier teaching awards include the Clyde Martz Award for Excellence in Teaching from the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation in 1998, and the Texas Excellence Teaching Award for the School of Law from the Ex-Students Association in 2000. In the same year, Annual Institute of Oil, Gas and Mineral Law, which is co-sponsored by the Texas State Bar Section on Oil, Gas and Energy Law and the University of Texas School of Law was re-named the Ernest E. Smith Oil, Gas and Mineral Law Institute. The Ernest E. Smith Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Law was established in 1994, and the Ernest E. Smith Professorship in Law was established in 1996. Professor Smith teaches classes in the areas of property, oil and gas, international petroleum transactions, and wind energy law. A former Dean of the Law School, Professor Smith has also been a Visiting Professor at several law schools including Harvard.

This book is a testament to the widespread affection and respect for Professor Smith among students and the oil and gas bar. Five leading energy law organizations have come together to sponsor this publication. In addition, twelve editors from the Texas Journal of Oil, Gas and Energy Law worked over the past year to compile, cite- check, and reformat the articles.

The Blackbook: An Oil and Gas Citation and Legal Research Guide

The Blackbook is an oil and gas citation and legal research guide intended to supplement The Bluebook and The Greenbook Texas Rules of Form. As a citation guide, The Blackbook demystifies oil- and gas-related citations by setting forth decisive citation form for industry-specific sources—many not addressed in The Bluebook or The Greenbook—and providing condensed guidelines for these citations. As a research manual, The Blackbook provides a sketch of legal research tools by outlining useful information sources, defining key terms and industry acronyms, describing the unique procedural rules of the Railroad Commission of Texas, and listing the largest oil and gas companies operating around the world.

Copies of The Blackbook: An Oil and Gas Citation and Legal Research Guide may be purchased by contacting publications@law.utexas.edu.


February 20-21, 2020

This two-day event features dynamic speakers and leaders from various sectors of the energy industry. If you have any questions, please email the Symposium Director, Colton Lyons, at TJOGELSymposium@gmail.com.

Ernest E. Smith Lifetime Achievement Award Winners

Each year at the TJOGEL Symposium, the Journal honors an individual with the Ernest E. Smith Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of their substantial contributions to oil, gas and energy law.


The Texas Journal of Oil, Gas, and Energy Law welcomes the submission of articles, notes, and recent development pieces from judges, academics, practicing lawyers, and students. There is no limit on article length, but we aim to publish articles that can be read in one sitting. We accept student notes from students at the University of Texas School of Law and all other U.S. law schools. Recent Developments pieces should be around 10-15 pages and focus on recent issues in oil, gas, and energy law at the state, national, and international level.


All articles may be submitted by email to the Director of Submissions, Sarah Alfadda. All submissions must be in Microsoft Word format.  The document should be single-spaced with footnotes rather than endnotes.  Citations should conform with The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (18th ed.) and, where applicable, The Texas Rules of Form (10th ed.).  There is no limit on article length, but we aim to publish articles that can be read in one sitting.

TJOGEL accepts submissions on a rolling basis, and we encourage authors to submit an article as early as possible to  ensure there is still space available.  If authors expect their submission to be ready on or close to the deadline, they should communicate with us as soon as possible and provide a working draft so that we can work with the author regarding the submission process.


The Journal aspires to keep editorial interventions to a minimum, namely, whatever is necessary for the sake of grammar, spelling, and punctuation. We strive to preserve an author’s style and take great care to communicate with the authors regarding changes, suggestions, and feedback.  TJOGEL editorial board works with authors to provide individual attention, quick response to author questions, and communication regarding the editorial process every step of the way.


If you have any questions regarding the submissions process, please contact Director of Submissions, Olivia Landry.


The Texas Journal of Oil, Gas, and Energy Law is the only student-run journal in the country dedicated exclusively to promoting scholarship in the energy legal field.  The Journal is widely recognized in Texas, as well as the U.S. and across the globe, as one of the premier journals for oil, gas, and energy law topics.

  • University of Texas Brand– You will be affiliated with one of the world’s most prestigious research institutions. The University of Texas is renowned for its leadership in Oil and Gas scholarship.  It is home to the Center for Global Energy, International Arbitration, and Environmental Law as well as renowned casebook authors Ernest E. Smith and John Dzienkowski.
  • Huge Audience– The Journal reaches a targeted audience of oil, gas, and energy practitioners, academics, and judges.  Over 9,000 copies of the Journal have been circulated to attorneys, judges, professors, students, and industry practitioners worldwide.
  • Electronic Distribution– In addition to our print copy, Westlaw, HeinOnline, and the TJOGEL website host your articles, giving the legal and energy industry multiple avenues to access your work.
  • Outstanding Staff– Our select group of highly motivated UT Law students will work hard to make your article appear the way you envision.