The EENR Center would like to recognize and thank our current sponsors:
Blank Rome LLP
Bracewell & Giuliani LLP
Vinson & Elkins LLP
with the Center for U.S. and Mexican Law
ENTRA Energy Transactions LLC
The Houston law firm of Connelly Baker & Wotring LLP provided initial funding to create the EENR Center, and we gratefully recognize them as a Founding Partner.
The Environment, Energy & Natural Resources Center at the University of Houston Law Center links energy issues with impacts on environment and natural resources. Building on the academic excellence of the faculty in these areas and the complex and multi-faceted energy and environmental issues in Houston, the Center provides a forum for education and discussion of the most important issues of the day, such as climate change, air pollution, clean coal and renewable energy.
Students Tour World’s First Bi-Directional LNG Terminal
On March 5, Professor Susan Sakmar’s Shale Gas and LNG class traveled to Cheniere’s Sabine Pass construction site that sits on 1,000 acres on the border of Louisiana and Texas.
The site is an existing LNG import terminal that was built when it was expected that the US would need to import natural gas. With the abundance of shale gas, Cheniere was the first to recogonize the opportunity for US LNG exports and is now adding liquefaction facilities to the terminal. Once completed, the facility will be the world’s first bi-directional (import and export) LNG terminal.
Cheniere representatives treated the students to a traditional Louisiana meal of Gumbo and then led a tour of both the liquefaction and regasification sides of the facility. The tour provided an excellent opportunity for Professor Sakmar’s class to better understand the complex natural gas distribution process and see firsthand a historical development in US energy.
For an update on the most crucial prospects for US LNG exports, see Professor Sakmar's short note on Gastech News
Research & Publication
Tracy Hester’s article, Restating Environmental Law, was published in redacted form by The Environmental Forum as the lead article for its January/February 2015 issue. The full version of the article will appear in The Columbia Journal of Environmental Law’s Spring 2015 issue. Professor Hester was also named as a resident scholar at the Environmental Law Institute for 2015, and will work at ELI’s Washington, D.C. office during the summer on his research projects involving the governance of climate engineering and on the application of U.S. and foreign environmental criminal laws to disasters.
Susan Sakmar's book, Energy for the 21st Century: Opportunities and Challenges for LNG(2013) was recently chosen an Outstanding Academic Title for 2014 by Choice Magazine. Choice is widely read by academic librarians in the U.S. and the awards are chosen based on the best-reviewed titles during 2014. Her book will also be part of an exhibit of all the Outstanding Academic Title winners at the American Library Association’s Mid-winter Conference later this month. Professor Sakmar’s article, LNG Exports: Will the United States Become the World's Largest LNG Exporter? was published in the recent edition of the State Bar of Texas Oil, Gas & Energy Resources Section Report.
Jacqueline Weaver was the Course Director and a lecturer for a 5-day Advanced Legal Studies Program on specialized topics in oil and gas law presented to lawyers from Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. (Petrobras) at the University of Houston Law Center; Houston, Texas from December 8 to 12. Before that, she moderated a panel on Offshore Exploration & Production: Challenges & Opportunities Panel at the 2nd Mexico Oil & Gas Investment Summit; a conference organized by PetroRock Energy LLC; Mexico City, Mexico; December 4, 2014. This conference followed her lecture on “Offshore Safety in the Gulf of Mexico, the New U.S. System,” that was part of a 4-week training program entitled “Regulation of Hydrocarbons: An Advanced Training Program for Professionals,” organized by the University of Houston Law Center, Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) – Centro de Energía y Recursos Naturales, and Wood Mackenzie; Mexico City, Mexico; December 3, 2014.
UHLC student chosen for prestigious EPA internship
Spencer Taylor, a 2L graduating from the Law Center in spring 2016, will intern with EPA Region 2 field office’s CERCLA/Superfund Division this summer. Taylor previously interned with the Harris County District Attorney’s office in the Environmental Crimes section, and currently serves as Professor Hester’s academic research assistant where he has researched a wide variety of environmental issues.