In August 2012, the LSU Law Center, with the approval of the LSU Board of Supervisors and the Louisiana Board of Regents, created an academic center for comprehensive instruction and research in energy law. The LSU John P. Laborde Energy Law Center, the first such center in Louisiana and one of a handful in law schools nationwide, will prepare lawyers to address the full range of 21st century issues in the complex energy sector and to assume leadership roles in industry, government, nonprofits, and the academy.
J. Bennett Johnston Energy Law Endowment Fund
In June 2014, the J. Bennett Johnston Science Foundation, through the Greater New Orleans Foundation, pledged an $800,000 gift to the Laborde Energy Law Center to establish the J. Bennett Johnston Energy Law Endowment Fund. The Fund honors Senator Johnston and will support student internships and externships in energy law and policy. The fund will also serve as a challenge fund for the Law Center’s $20 million Energy Law Center fundraising campaign.
Energy Law Center Updates
Learn more about the recent activities of the LSU John P. Laborde Energy Law Center in our current newsletter.
John Perez Graphics & Design Makes Donation
John Perez Graphics & Design is a company that prepares graphics and animations that illustrate and explain the geology and technology related to oil and gas drilling and production. Professor Keith Hall announced that the company recently made a generous donation to LSU Law School to boost the school’s oil and gas program. In particular, the firm donated use of graphics illustrating salt domes and animations explaining secondary recovery, enhanced oil recovery, salt water disposal, and steam assisted gravity drainage projects. Professor Hall stated, “John Perez creates great animations and graphics. The materials that the company donated to LSU will be a tremendous helping our law students understand some basic principles relating to oil and gas activity, and in turn that will help them understand oil and gas law better and eventually will help them do a superior job for their clients.” The link to their website is: www.geoart.com
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LSU John P. Laborde Energy Law Center News
- November 5 LSU Law Liskow & Lewis Lecture to Focus on Offshore Safety After Macondo
- 62nd Annual Mineral Law Institute: March 19-20
- An International Offshore Oil & Gas Comparison: UK, Norway, USA
- LSU Law Student Published in Research Paper on EPA’s New Source Review Program
- "Sustainable Oil and Gas Development" Focus of Liskow & Lewis Visiting Professorship in Energy Law Lecture at LSU Law Center
Energy Law Scholarship & Service
Five LSU Law School students attended the 61st Annual Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Institute in Anchorage, Alaska from July 16 through 18, with most of the students’ travel expenses being paid by a grant from the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation. The Annual Institute included presentations by Professors Keith Hall and Patrick Martin, as well as by other nationally prominent oil and gas scholars and practitioners.
Professor Keith Hall spoke on the topic “Induced Seismicity: An Energy Lawyer’s Guide to Legal Issues and the Causes of Man-Made Earthquakes” at the 61st Annual Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Institute in Anchorage, Alaska on July 16, 2015.
Professor Keith Hall spoke on the topic “The Oil & Gas Lease: Implied Covenants” at the University of Texas Fundamentals of Oil, Gas and Minerals Law Seminar on March 26, 2015 in Houston, Texas.
Professor Keith Hall spoke on the topic “Induced Seismicity and the Energy Industries” at a meeting of the Women’s Energy Network on May 20, 2015 in New Orleans.
Professors Keith Hall and Blake Hudson each spoke on water resource issues at the 78th Annual Louisiana Conference on Water Supply in Alexandria, Louisiana on March 10, 2015.
Professor Keith Hall’s article, The Application of Oil & Gas Lease Implied Covenants: Old Meets New, was cited multiple times by the Ohio Court of Appeals in its opinion in Yoder v. Artex Oil Co. Professor Hall’s article was originally published in the 32nd Annual Proceedings of the Energy & Mineral Law Institute.
Professor Keith Hall spoke to the Baton Rouge Geological Society regarding baseline testing of groundwater prior to oil and gas activity on February 13, 2015.
Professor Keith Hall presented a paper that he co-authored, On Liability Issues Concerning Induced Seismicity in Hydraulic Fracturing Treatments and at Injection Disposal Wells: What Petroleum Engineers Should Know, at the Society of Petroleum Engineers Hydraulic Fracturing Technology Conference on February 3, 2015 in The Woodlands, Texas.
Professor Keith Hall wrote an article, Hydraulic Fracturing: If Fractures Cross Property Lines is there an Actionable Trespass, which was published in late 2014 in the Natural Resources Journal.
Professor Keith Hall spoke on the topic “Local Regulation of Oil & Gas Activity” at a seminar sponsored by the Baton Rouge Bar Association on December 19, 2014.
Professor Keith Hall co-authored a paper entitled Using Technology to Avoid Trespass Liability Based on Subsurface Intrusions of Hydraulic Fractures, which was published in the Hydraulic Fracturing Journal in October 2014.
Professor Keith Hall spoke on the topic “Single Well Spacing and Pooling: State Spacing and Jurisdiction over Conservation” at the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation’s Special Institute on Federal Onshore Oil & Gas Pooling and Unitization on October 29, 2014 in Westminster, Colorado.
Professor Keith Hall gave two presentations at the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation’s annual Oil & Gas Short Course in Houston. On October 20, 2014, he spoke on the topic “Ownership, the Rule of Capture, and Correlative Rights.” On October 21, he spoke on “Implied Covenants in Oil and Gas Leases.”
Professor Keith Hall spoke on the topic “Hydraulic Fracturing and Related Oil & Gas Activities in Louisiana” at the 24th Annual Louisiana Civil Engineering Conference in Kenner, Louisiana on September 25, 2014.
Professor Keith Hall spoke on the topic “Using Technology to Avoid Trespass Liability Based on Subsurface Intrusions of Hydraulic Fractures” at the Unconventional Resources Technology Conference on August 27, 2014 in Denver, Colorado.
Professor Keith Hall moderated a “Regulatory Update” panel discussion at the Institute for Energy Law’s 5th Law of Shale Plays Conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on September 5, 2014.
Professor Keith Hall and six LSU Law School students attended the 60th Annual Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Institute in Vail, Colorado July 17-19, 2014.
Professor Keith Hall spoke on the subject “The Peaceful Coexistence of Hydraulic Fracturing and Groundwater Quality” at the Arkansas Water Resource Center’s 2014 Annual Research and Watershed Conference in Fayetteville, Arkansas on July 15, 2014.
Professor Keith Hall spoke on the subject “Hydraulic Fracturing and Groundwater Quality” at the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s annual Academy of Environmental Law in Tarragona, Spain on July 1, 2014.
Professor Keith Hall served on a panel that discussed “Perspectives on Latin American Civil Law Issues in AIPN Model Contracts” at the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators Model Contracts Workshop in San Francisco on June 24, 2014.
Professor Keith Hall was named to the Board of Trustees of the Energy & Mineral Law Foundation during the Foundation’s annual meeting held in West Virginia in June 2014.
Professor Keith Hall taught a two-credit intersession course in International Petroleum Transactions at Baku State University Law School in Azerbaijan in May 2014.
Professor Keith Hall served as a panel member discussing the topic “Infrastructure and Sustainability Issues in Shale Oil and Gas Management” at the 2014 Annual Spring Meeting of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers in New Orleans in April 2014.