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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...
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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...
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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...
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2021 Symposium

Presented Virtually by The Texas Journal of Oil, Gas, and Energy Law

TJOGEL will host its annual Symposium on Thursday, February 25, and Friday, February 26. This year’s program features a diverse range of knowledgeable speakers from all corners of the energy law landscape. We are confident that you will find their presentations engaging and informative. This year we are thrilled to be able to share their insights with you given trials like the historic winter storms and global pandemic we have all faced. 

Thursday, February 25, 2021

8:45-9:00 a.m.     Opening Remarks 
9:00- 10:00 a.m.   Panel Discussion: An Update on Selected Cases
            Professor John Beckworth ,University of Texas School of Law
            Professor Jack Balagia, Law office of Jack Balagia Jr., PLLC
            Wayne Beckerman, University of Texas School of Law 

10:00-11:00 a.m.   Oil and Gas Contract Interpretation Developments 
             Tim McConn & Robert Woods, Yetter Coleman LLP 

11:00-12:00 p.m.   When Unlawful Possession Becomes Legal, Who Owns What?
             Emily Fitzgerald& Richard Hemingway Jr., Thompson and Knight LLP 

12:00-1:00 p.m.   Lunch Break 

1:00-2:00 p.m.     Texas Railroad Commission Update 
               Alex Schoch, Haley Cochran and Jessica Mendoza , Texas Railroad Commission 

2:00-3:00 p.m.     Financing Carbon Capture Projects with Tax Credits 
               Stephen Szalkowski, Jim Cole, and Josh Bledsoe, Latham and Watkins LLP 

3:00- 4:00 p.m.    Midstream Dedications:Rejection Analysis Following Recent Bankruptcy Decisions    
              Anthony Speier & Chad Smith, Kirkland and Ellis LLP 

Friday, February 26th, 2021

8:45-9:00 a.m.      Opening Remarks 

9:00-10:00 a.m.    Regulating in the Rotor: the Political Economy of Energy and Climate
              David Spence, University of Texas McCombs School of Business 

10:00-11:00  a.m.  Decommissioning in the Oil Patch, a view from the frontlines 
               Phil Eisenberg, Locke Lord LLP

11:00-12:00 p.m.   How Secured Lenders Can Maximize Their Recovery Against a Defaulting Borrower 
               Camie Carlock & Ellen Conley, Haynes and Boone LLP 

12:00-12:30 p.m.    Lunch Break 

12:30-1:30 p.m.    Ethical Dilemmas for Oil and Gas Lawyers 
                John Dzienkowski, University of Texas School of Law 

1:30-2:00 p.m.     Energy Transition: Recent Developments and What You Need To Know As Oil & Gas Companies Transition Into Green Energy
                Becky Diffen and Luke Edney, Norton Rose Fulbright LLP 

Modern Mining

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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 provide additional compensation to “fuel-secure” electricity generators who …

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 caused by wastewater disposal.[1] At the center of …

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 down costs on formerly cost-prohibitive renewable energy sources, …