Spring 2013
5397 Shale Gas & LNG - SAKMAR- 38641
added 10-2-12

Professor(s): Susan Sakmar (ADJUNCT)

Credits: 3

Course Areas: Energy, Natural Resources and Environmental Law 
International Law

Time: 1:00p-2:30p  TThLocation: 215  TU2

Course Outline: This course explores the myriad of legal, policy and environmental issues pertaining to global natural gas markets with a particular focus on global shale gas development and the development of LNG import and export projects around the world, including recent developments in US LNG export projects.

The first half of the semester will explore the growing role that natural gas will play around the world in the context of global shale gas development. By most accounts, shale gas development in the United States has been a “game changer” that could be replicated around the world so long as the right regulatory and environmental frameworks are put in place. This course will explore the existing regulatory and environmental frameworks for shale gas, especially those in the United States, as well as frameworks being developed around the world with the objective of exploring the substantive law of shale gas development as well as developing the analytical and practical skills necessary to the practice of law.

The second half of the semester will explore the growing role that LNG is expected to play as the “glue” linking global gas markets. The course will explore the opportunities and challenges for various LNG import and export projects around the world in the current contextual reality wherein energy law and policy are increasingly intersecting with environmental law and geopolitics.

Course Syllabus: Syllabus pdf

Course Notes: Quota = 30  

Prerequisites: No  

First Day Assignments: Assignments can be found at http://www.law.uh.edu/faculty/ssakmar/

Final Exam Schedule: Paper      

This course will have:
Exam: No
Paper: Yes

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