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Environmental Law in the Oil & Gas Field
LAW 5397
Fall 2017



Environmental Law in the Oil & Gas Field
LAW 5397

Fall 2017
Room BLB 144

COURSE SYLLABUS

 

No. Date Topics Guest Speaker(s) Readings Comments
1. Aug. 21, 2017

No class. I'll be returning from travel.

 

No readings

 
2. Aug. 23, 2017

Introduction and Orientation

 

Powerpoint (.pdf)

Lecture

Short Course Description

  Aug. 28 - Aug. 30, 2017 Classes cancelled due to Hurricane Harvey      
  Sept. 4, 2017 Labor Day Holiday      
3. Sept. 6, 2017 Oil Field Fundamentals Prof. Bret Wells

Any reading materials assigned by Prof. Wells will be distributed before class and here.

Corbello: The Aftermath

Drilling for Damages by William Keffer

Powerpoint (.pdf)

Lecture

 

4. Sept. 11, 2017 Tort Remedies and Common Contamination Issues in the Oil Field  

A Survey of Typical Claims and Key Defenses in Recent Hydraulic Fracturing Litigation

Powerpoint (.pdf)

Lecture

The Last Stage of an Oil Field: Getting Sued
6. Sept. 13, 2017

How Clean is Clean? Factors Influencing common law claims v statutory claims.

 

TRRP Overview

Exxon Corp. v. Taco Cabana

Powerpoint (.pdf)

Lecture

 

7. Sept. 18, 2017 Environmental Law Overview  

Powerpoint (.pdf)

 

Lecture (audio)

Gulf Coast Power Association Meeting on Utility Scale Battery Storage, Thursday, 9/21

Houston Bar Association Environmental Section monthly lunch on Harris County Environmental Enforcement, Wednesday, 9/20

8. Sept. 20, 2017 Administrative Law and Primary Jurisdiction Doctrine; Diversity, Venue and Forum Shopping; Preemption of Local Regulation  

Powerpoint (.pdf)

 

Lecture (audio)

Houston Bar Association Oil & Gas Section In-House Counsel Panel on Oil & Gas Litigation, Thursday, 9/28

10. Sept. 25, 2017 Water Law and Oil & Gas Production  

A Primer on Texas Water Law by Gervais

Edwards Aquifer Authority v Day (read only up to page 28)

Powerpoint (.pdf)

Lecture

Conversation with Ecuador's Hydrocarbons Minister, Friday, 10/6

History of Water Law from the Texas Handbook

Coyote Lake Ranch LLC v City of Lubbock

11. Sept. 27, 2017

Endangered Species Act

 

How the Conservation Plan for the Dune Sagebrush Lizard Works (NPR, June 15, 2012)

Dune Sagebrush Lizard and Sand Mining letter

Powerpoint (.pdf)

Lecture

Texas Conservation Plan for the Dunes Sagebrush Lizard

Dunes Sagebrush Lizard: A Cautionary Tale of a Candidate Species Denied by Defenders of Wildlife (2013)

A New Paradigm for Species Listing? by Ben Cowan (2015)

  Sept. 29, 2017

Weatherford Drilling Rig Tour

11909 Spencer Road, Houston, Texas

 

Meeting agenda

Information and logistics for tour

Final sign-up roster

Directions to site

Please remember to wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and closed toe shoes.
12. Oct. 2, 2017 Waste Law and Regulation  

EPA Guidance on RCRA Exemption for E&P Wastes

Powerpoint (.pdf)

Lecture

 

13. Oct. 4, 2017 Waste Law and Regulation

 

NRDC Petition for Rulemaking on E&P Wastes

Powerpoint (.pdf)

Lecture

 

15.

Oct. 9, 2017

Offshore Exploration and Development: Life on the Platform

Scott McCay
Senior Counsel, Offshore Operations, Chevron Corp.

PowerPoint (.pdf)

Lecture not recorded due to technical difficulties

 

14. Oct. 11, 2017

Pipelines, Tanks, and Midstream

POSTPONED DUE TO SPEAKER CANCELLATION - rescheduled for future makeup class

Brant Johnson, Chief Environmental Counsel, TransCanada

Lecture

 

16. Oct. 16, 2017

Hazardous Substances and Superfund

 

Alex Ritchie, CERCLA in Oil & Gas Production - read pages 1223-1245

Lecture

 

17. Oct. 18, 2017

Hazardous Substances and Superfund - reporting obligations and indemnity agreements

 

Powerpoint (.pdf)

Alex Ritchie, CERCLA in Oil & Gas Production - read pages 1245-1260

Lecture

Mao v. Piers Environmental Services, Cal.Ct.App 6th Dist. (2017)

Scope of the Petroleum Exclusion, EPA General Counsel (1987)

18. Oct. 23, 2017 Clean Air Act and NEPA  

EPA Source Aggregation Final Rule (June 3, 2016)

Clean Air Council v EPA (D.C. Cir. July 3, 2017), pp. 1- 23 only

Presidential Executive Order Establishing Discipline and Accountability in the Environmental Permitting and Review Process for Infrastructure (Aug. 17, 2017)

Powerpoint

Lecture

The Plain English Guide to the Clean Air Act

19. Oct. 25, 2017 Guest lecture - Roger Martella, Vice-President Environment Health & Safety, General Electric Co. Class will meet at noon in BLB 144. Lunch will be provided.

Powerpoint

Lecture

 

20. Oct. 30, 2017 Safe Drinking Water Act - UIC, hydraulic fracturing  

Powerpoint

Lecture

 

21. Nov. 1, 2017 Safe Drinking Water Act  

Powerpoint

Lecture

 

22. Nov. 8, 2017 Clean Water Act  

Powerpoint

Lecture

 
23. Nov. 13, 2017 Climate Change Law and Impact on Oil & Gas Development and Use  

Powerpoint

Lecture

 

24. Nov. 15, 2017

Civil and Criminal Enforcement: How, Why, and What to Do

 

Powerpoint

Lecture

 

25. Nov. 20, 2017 Self-Evaluations: Audits and Disclosures  

Powerpoint

Lecture

 
26. Nov. 27, 2017

Final voluntary review session

 

Powerpoint

Lecture

 

           
  Dec. ??, 2017

Final Exam - 8-hour take-home examination. You can check out the exam at the reference desk of the UHLC library starting at 9:00 am on Friday, Dec. _, and you must submit your exam answers by 5:00 p.m. on Dec. .

Please send me any email queries by Dec. 1 at noon - I will compile responses and distribute before the exam period opens on Dec. 2.