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The Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Energy, Law, and Business is an innovative interdisciplinary joint venture of the School of Law and the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin. The mission of the KBH Energy Center is to provide the finest educational opportunities in the United States to students who wish to pursue careers in energy and to serve as a nexus for incisive, unbiased, and relavant research and analyses for policy makers, with a special emphasis on Latin America. Please download our brochure (PDF).

From the KBH Energy Center Blog

Bill Requires Applicants for Oil and Gas Disposal Well Permits to Notify Groundwater Conservation Districts

In June 2013, the Gonzales County Underground Water Conservation District (GCUWCD) discovered, through a newspaper publication in the Gonzales Inquirer, that Marathon Oil Company had applied to the Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC) for a permit to inject oil and gas waste into a former brackish groundwater well in the Carrizo formation of the Carrizo… Full Story

Time for a new approach: Ensuring accurate reporting of greenhouse gas emissions from the oil and gas sector

Earlier this week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its 20th Annual Inventory of Greenhouse Emissions and Sinks (Inventory). The Inventory reports emissions of seven key greenhouse gases – carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons, sulfur hexafluoride, and nitrogen trifluoride – from a variety of industry sectors. The reported data can be, and… Full Story

The good news about BLM’s fracking rules

The Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) – the agency responsible for overseeing energy development on federal lands – issued its long-awaited rules for oil and gas operations using hydraulic fracturing (fracking) last week. The rules, which will take effect in June, apply to fracking operations on roughly 750 million acres of… Full Story

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