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Spring 2016
7A97 Regulatory Environment and Risks in Energy - FLATT, VICTOR- 21157

Professor(s): Victor Flatt (FACULTY)


Course Areas: Energy, Natural Resources and Environmental Law 
Non-Law Courses

Time: 4:30p-7:30p  M  Location: 365A  Melcher

Course Outline: Course Number is: FINA 7A59
Course is 1.5 credit hour.

Course Description:
Energy extraction and utilization is heavily regulated, at both the federal and state levels. Some times (as in “fracturing”) there have been attempts by local government to interact with energy extraction or utilization as well. With renewed attention on climate change, other significant air pollution, and water resources, this regulation has been increasing, and will continue to increase. Therefore, anyone in either the upstream or downstream business of energy or energy law needs to be aware of the impacts of such regulation and economic risks of these current regulations as well as the possibility of future regulation, in order to make effective business allocation decisions. This class explores the known and likely future regulatory risks, especially environmentally related regulations, and examines the likely impacts of such regulation on the energy business.

Readings are mostly posted on blackboard and you are responsible for reading and bringing copy to class for discussion; Additionally, we will discuss your paper topics during each of the last 4 classes. Grade is based on class participation and one writing project, due one week after the final class. The writing project is a minimum 10 page case study or memorandum concerning the economic impact posed by a specific environmental or health based law (or proposed law) or legal regulatory risk (for the law students) to a sector of the energy business. Topics will be selected in one on one meetings with the professor between Jan. 27 and Feb. 5. Law students and MBA students will be graded separately and not included in any grade curve (where applicable).

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Course Notes:   This course will be taught during session 3 of the Spring semester. It starts on January 19 and will end on March 12, 2016. Interested students must contact Mr. Derrick Gabriel at 713-743-2189 or at for registration information.


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Satisfies Skills Course Requirement: No
Satisfies Senior Upper Level Writing Requirement: No

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