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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 …

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 …

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] …

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 …

February 12, 2018

FORGING NEW RELATIONSHIPS: US-INDIA RENEWABLE ENERGY PARTNERSHIP

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 …

February 9, 2018

Security or Subsidy: The Department of Energy’s Controversial Proposed Rules on Grid Resiliency

In October, United States Secretary of Energy Rick Perry proposed that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) adjust its rates for wholesale electricity sales in order to …

February 3, 2018

Trump Has a Big Decision to Make About Solar Energy

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) ruled that President Trump will get to decide whether to slap sanctions on foreign solar panels.[1] This comes after the ITC …

January 10, 2018

The Latest on Ladra: Updates on Induced Seismicity Tort Litigation

This summer saw major developments in Ladra v. New Dominion, LLC, the Oklahoma case some observers believe may determine the future of tort litigation over earthquakes allegedly …

January 7, 2018

Is Net Metering a Net Negative? A Look at Residential Solar

Introduction The United States is in the throes of an energy revolution, and with any revolution comes controversy. Technological advancements and production economies of scale have driven …

November 16, 2017

Judicial and Legislative Approaches to Groundwater Management in Texas

While oil and gas have long been the prized resources in Texas, more focus is being placed on water rights than ever before. However, unlike oil and …