(This post is co-authored with Janani Srinivasan, UT LLM ’15) Earlier this month, the Supreme Court of Colorado struck down local bans on hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in the cities of Longmont and Fort Collins, north of Denver. The city bans were imposed in response to growing public concern over the potential health impacts of fracking, which involves… Full Story
Welcome to the KBH Energy CenterThe Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Energy, Law & Business is an interdisciplinary academic center created by the School of Law and the McCombs School of Business at UT Austin. The Center's mission is to provide the finest educational opportunities in the U.S. to students wishing to pursue careers in energy and to serve as a nexus for incisive, unbiased, and relevant research and conferences for policymakers around the world, with special focus on Latin America. Please download our brochure (PDF). The Center's first annual report highlights our activities during the academic year 2014-15. Please download our Annual Report (PDF).
From the KBH Energy Center Blog
Texas’ oldest regulatory agency, the Railroad Commission (RRC), celebrated its 125th birthday last month. Despite its long history of energy sector regulation, the RRC remains a mystery to most Texans. Ask the average citizen what the RRC does and they’ll likely reply “it regulates railroads, of course.” At one time, they would have been right…. Full Story
(This post is co-authored with Janani Srinivasan, UT LLM ’15) Last May, India’s Petroleum & Natural Gas Ministry announced plans to expand the country’s hydrocarbon production by commencing commercial drilling for shale oil and gas resources. Developing shale resources will require use of hydraulic fracturing (fracking), whereby fluid is injected underground at high pressure to fracture… Full Story
Recent news has put some fairly unsettling context around the ongoing litigation over the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan, which would limit greenhouse gas emissions from fossil-fueled power plants. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reported that 2015 was the hottest year on record, replacing 2014 at the top of that list. (The top… Full Story
Ask any oil and gas producer about the risks facing industry and you’re sure to hear one word: PRICES! After rising throughout much of the 2000s, oil and gas prices have plunged over the last two years, reaching levels not seen in over a decade. Oil is currently trading for less than $40 a barrel,… Full Story