Oil and Gas Production and the Environment
About This Class
This course first looks at the future of oil and gas as an energy resource in the U.S. and globally, the framework of conservation law and property law used to produce and regulate oil and gas in the U.S., and the externalities of production, including fracking. This part covers the nature of the typical oil and gas lease used in the U.S. on private lands and on federal leases. Second, the federal laws related to offshore leasing are reviewed, notably OCSLAA, the Coastal Zone Management Act, the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 and the reforms of offshore safety regulations after the Gulf oil spill in 2010. The third part of the course discusses FERC’s regulation of oil and gas pipelines, including recent cases that protest FERC’s decisions to permit new pipelines to serve the boom in shale oil and gas.