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2024 Ernest E. Smith Oil, Gas and Mineral Law eConference

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2024 Ernest E. Smith Oil, Gas and Mineral Law eConference
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UT Law CLE and the Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Law Section is celebrating 50 years of the Ernest E. Smith Oil, Gas and Mineral Law Institute! After 50 years, the Institute continues to be the definitive course for attorneys, corporate lawyers, E&P operators, and landmen, and it brings together a distinguished faculty of academics and practitioners for presentations on the latest oil and gas developments.
 
In this 50th anniversary year, the Institute will now be a day and half program on April 4-5 in Houston, and covers an array of topics including:
  • The popular two-part Case Law Updates
  • Legislative and Regulatory Updates
  • Information on how the new business courts could impact oil and gas disputes
  • Coverage of MSA terms, service agreements, wellborn assignment updates, and much more

Includes: Video Audio Paper Slides

  • Total Credit Hours:
  • 11.00 | 2.50 ethics
  • Credit Info
  • TX, CA, PA
  • TX MCLE credit expires: 4/30/2025

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1. Case Law Update: Part One (May 2024)

Owen L. Anderson

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Case Law Update: Part One (May 2024)

Review recent decisions dealing with oil and gas leases, royalties, mineral conveyances, joint operating agreements, state regulation, and related topics.

Originally presented: Apr 2024 Oil, Gas and Mineral Law Institute

Owen L. Anderson, The University of Texas School of Law - Austin, TX

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2. Estate Misconception & Presumed Grant: Navigating Mineral-Ownership Disputes After Van Dyke (May 2024)

Ryan Clinton

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Estate Misconception & Presumed Grant: Navigating Mineral-Ownership Disputes After Van Dyke (May 2024)

The Texas Supreme Court’s landmark Van Dyke opinion changed the rules for resolving mineral-ownership disputes. Discuss what led to the Court’s decision, what the opinion means for current litigants, and what questions were left unanswered for us to litigate about for the next decade or more.

Originally presented: Apr 2024 Oil, Gas and Mineral Law Institute

Ryan Clinton, Davis Gerald & Cremer - Austin, TX

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3. “Produced” Water: The Intersection of Ownership, Disposal, Pore Space and Storage (May 2024)

Charles P. Hosey

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“Produced” Water: The Intersection of Ownership, Disposal, Pore Space and Storage (May 2024)

With the rise of water treatment technology and facilities capable of treating produced fracking water into a substance able to be used for beneficial purposes, the value of produced water has risen exponentially in recent years. The increase in value of produced water have allowed owners to benefit greatly in how they beneficially use that water. Owners now have a financial incentive when choosing the method of how they dispose of produced water. Whether by deep saltwater disposal wells, treatment for beneficial use, or treatment for storage in geothermal pore spaces, each method presents legal ownership issues. Texas statutory, RRC regulations, and recent Texas case law have given ownership of produced water new financial opportunities, but also new legal considerations. The intersection of the mineral estate, surface estate, and even the “geothermal” estate have the possibility to meet, and even conflict, in the arena of produced water. Discuss what practitioners should be mindful of with clients having interests related to produced water or its treatment.  

Originally presented: Apr 2024 Oil, Gas and Mineral Law Institute

Charles P. Hosey, Frost Bank - San Antonio, TX

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4. Carbon Capture and Pore Space Issues (May 2024)

Keith B. Hall

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Carbon Capture and Pore Space Issues (May 2024)

Address the question of who owns subsurface pore space rights when there is a split estate, and discuss the typical terms and conditions of agreements by which prospective carbon capture and storage operators contract for the use of pore spaces. Also consider whether the law provides a mechanism for the use of pore spaces in the absence of the owner’s consent (eminent domain? pooling?), and examine whether the migration of carbon dioxide in the subsurface would give rise to an actionable trespass in the absence of contractual or other authority to use pore spaces.

Originally presented: Apr 2024 Oil, Gas and Mineral Law Institute

Keith B. Hall, Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center - Baton Rouge, LA

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5. Regulatory and Legislative Update (May 2024)

John K. Hicks

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Regulatory and Legislative Update (May 2024)

Review recent regulatory and legislative issues impacting the oil and gas industry, including developments in oil and gas waste management, carbon capture, and geothermal energy.

Originally presented: Apr 2024 Oil, Gas and Mineral Law Institute

John K. Hicks, Scott Douglass & McConnico LLP - Austin, TX

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6. Cube Development Considerations in a Stacked Pay World (May 2024)

Matt Gallagher

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Cube Development Considerations in a Stacked Pay World (May 2024)

Keynote presentation delivered by Matt Gallagher, Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Greenlake Energy

Originally presented: Apr 2024 Oil, Gas and Mineral Law Institute

Matt Gallagher, Greenlake Energy - Austin, TX

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7. The Present Status of Allocation Wells and Issues (May 2024)

Corey F. Wehmeyer

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The Present Status of Allocation Wells and Issues (May 2024)

Examine common questions and legal issues associated with the practice of drilling allocation and production sharing agreement wells in Texas, particularly against the backdrop of the Third Court of Appeals’ recent decision in Opiela. Also offer guidance for operators who have already drilled such wells or are considering doing so in the future.

Originally presented: Apr 2024 Oil, Gas and Mineral Law Institute

Corey F. Wehmeyer, Santoyo Wehmeyer P.C. - San Antonio, TX

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8. COPAS Accounting Procedures: From a Litigation Perspective (May 2024)

Austin W. Brister, M. Alejandra Salas

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COPAS Accounting Procedures: From a Litigation Perspective (May 2024)

COPAS accounting procedures are most commonly dealt with in the transactional phase of drafting a joint operating agreement, and then later during the life of the agreement in the course of ongoing accounting activities and routine audits.  However, they can also have a significant impact in the course of litigation, including in terms of potential preclusive effects of the exception deadlines, and in terms of discovery strategy.  Hear an overview of COPAS audit procedures, as well as potential implications on litigation. 

Originally presented: Apr 2024 Oil, Gas and Mineral Law Institute

Austin W. Brister, McGinnis Lochridge - Houston, TX
M. Alejandra Salas, McGinnis Lochridge - Austin, TX

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9. Update on Wellbore Assignments (May 2024)

Shane S. Sullivan

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Update on Wellbore Assignments (May 2024)

Provide an update on the current state of the law on well-bore assignments, examine certain drafting considerations, and discuss current issues regarding well-bore only ownership.

Originally presented: Apr 2024 Oil, Gas and Mineral Law Institute

Shane S. Sullivan, Porter Hedges LLP - Houston, TX

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10. Indemnity Provisions in MSAs: Texas vs. New Mexico (May 2024)

Sarah A. Judge

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Indemnity Provisions in MSAs: Texas vs. New Mexico (May 2024)

A practical review of the application of indemnity provisions in Texas vs. New Mexico.  

Originally presented: Apr 2024 Oil, Gas and Mineral Law Institute

Sarah A. Judge, Cotton Bledsoe Tighe & Dawson, P.C. - Midland, TX

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11. Decommissioning Responsibility and Liability in the Gulf of Mexico and the Evolving Rules of Financial Assurance (May 2024)

Jim Noe

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Decommissioning Responsibility and Liability in the Gulf of Mexico and the Evolving Rules of Financial Assurance (May 2024)

Examine the liability regime for decommissioning offshore wells and platforms and how predecessors can be held responsible for decommissioning in the event of a default of the current owners. Discuss the evolving landscape of the financial assurance (bonding) regulations to cover decommissioning liability.

Originally presented: Apr 2024 Oil, Gas and Mineral Law Institute

Jim Noe, Holland & Knight LLP - Washington, DC and Houston, TX

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12. Ethics for Lawyers and Landmen (May 2024)

Jack Tanner

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Ethics for Lawyers and Landmen (May 2024)

A look at the ethical obligations of both lawyers and landmen: where they align, and where they diverge, using hypotheticals based on real-world situations.

Originally presented: Apr 2024 Oil, Gas and Mineral Law Institute

Jack Tanner, Fairfield and Woods, P.C. - Denver, CO

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13. Case Law Update: Part Two (May 2024)

Owen L. Anderson

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Case Law Update: Part Two (May 2024)

Review recent decisions dealing with oil and gas leases, royalties, mineral conveyances, joint operating agreements, state regulation, and related topics.

Originally presented: Apr 2024 Oil, Gas and Mineral Law Institute

Owen L. Anderson, The University of Texas School of Law - Austin, TX

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14. New Texas Business Courts (May 2024)

Byron F. Egan

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New Texas Business Courts (May 2024)

Texas has revamped its Court system for resolving significant business disputes with the creation of new trial and appellate courts by the passage of House Bill 19 (H.B. 19) and Senate Bill 1514 (S.B. 1514), both of which became effective September 1, 2023, but will apply only to actions commenced on or after September 1, 2024.

Originally presented: Apr 2024 Oil, Gas and Mineral Law Institute

Byron F. Egan, Jackson Walker LLP - Dallas, TX

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15. Intersection of Bankruptcy and Energy Law (May 2024)

Alfredo R. Pérez

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Intersection of Bankruptcy and Energy Law (May 2024)

Keeping Score: When does bankruptcy law override oil and gas law? Discuss the clash of federal and state law.

Originally presented: Apr 2024 Oil, Gas and Mineral Law Institute

Alfredo R. Pérez, Houston, TX

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16. Texas First Purchaser Liens (May 2024)

Ellen M. Conley

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Texas First Purchaser Liens (May 2024)

An overview of the rebranding of Texas’s first purchaser liens that provide interest owners with a second chance at first-priority protection.

Originally presented: Apr 2024 Oil, Gas and Mineral Law Institute

Ellen M. Conley, Haynes and Boone, LLP - Houston, TX

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17. Wastewater Injections and Nearby Production (May 2024)

Michael K. Reer

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Wastewater Injections and Nearby Production (May 2024)

Focus on wastewater disposal in or near productive zones, particularly the legal and regulatory interplay between disposal operators and producers working within the same zone or in close proximity.

Originally presented: Apr 2024 Oil, Gas and Mineral Law Institute

Michael K. Reer, Harris, Finley & Bogle, P.C. - Fort Worth, TX

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18. Due Diligence Issues under Different PSA Closing Models (May 2024)

Brandon Durrett

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Due Diligence Issues under Different PSA Closing Models (May 2024)

Like other business sectors, simultaneous sign-and-close acquisitions are becoming more popular in the oil and gas industry. Discuss the differences between deferred closings and sign-and-close deals, the features and benefits of each, and when to use one over the other.

Originally presented: Apr 2024 Oil, Gas and Mineral Law Institute

Brandon Durrett, Jackson Walker LLP - San Antonio, TX

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19. ChatGPT Ethics (May 2024)

Henson Adams, Adam Sencenbaugh

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ChatGPT Ethics (May 2024)

Topic description generated by ChatGPT: Using ChatGPT for legal purposes promises efficient information processing, yet raises ethical concerns including client confidentiality and the risk of providing inaccurate advice. It is paramount that attorneys ensure adequate supervision, maintain professional discretion, and stay vigilant about the tool's limitations to uphold their ethical obligations.

Originally presented: Apr 2024 Oil, Gas and Mineral Law Institute

Henson Adams, Haynes Boone, LLP - San Antonio, TX
Adam Sencenbaugh, Haynes Boone, LLP - Austin, TX