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Fracking, Environmental Issues Focus of Gulf States Energy Retreat at LSU

06/05/2012 10:46 AM

BATON ROUGE – Technological advances in drilling and related environmental issues will be the topics of the Gulf States Energy Retreat, presented by the LSU Center for Energy Studies and Jones Walker law firm, June 20 and 21. The event will be held at the Dalton J. Woods Auditorium in the Energy, Coast & Environment Building at LSU. The conference will feature experts in mineral law, drilling technology and water and environmental issues related to horizontal drilling.


The first day’s sessions begin at noon on Wednesday, June 20, with a panel discussion of major issues facing the energy industry, including federal and state legislative and regulatory developments and conflicts. Patrick Martin, Campanile Professor of Mineral Law at the LSU Law Center and director of the Louisiana Mineral Law Institute; and Bruce M. Kramer, professor at Texas Tech University School of Law and co-author of “Williams and Meyers Oil and Gas Law,” will serve as panelists. Former congressman Bob Livingston, now of the Livingston Group, will moderate the panel.


Geological and geophysical technological and operational advances will be the topics of the second session. Roundtable participants will include John J. Jaskot, partner and chair of Jones Walker’s Government Relations Practice Group; and Chuck Duginski, Chesapeake Energy Corp. district manager – Haynesville Shale.


The keynote session will feature Marjorie McKeithen, co-chair of Jones Walker’s Energy, Environment & Natural Resources Industry Team, former secretary for the Louisiana Mineral Board and assistant secretary to the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources, Office of Mineral Resources; and the Honorable Scott A. Angelle, secretary of the Department of Natural Resources. McKeithen and Angelle will provide an overview of recent developments at the Texas Railroad Commission and Louisiana Department of Natural Resources.


The first day wraps with a networking reception held on the premises.


The second day’s sessions begin at 8:30 a.m. with a roundtable discussion on issues related to water acquisition, resource allocation and new research on the impact of fracking operations. Charles G. “Chip” Groat, University of Texas Jackson School of Geosciences, director of the Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy and the Energy and Mineral Resources Graduate Program, and Bruce K. Darling, Ph.D. in hydrogeology and geochemistry with Southwest Groundwater Consulting, will serves on the roundtable. Nicole Duarte, partner in Jones Walker’s Business & Commercial Litigation Practice Group, will moderate the discussion.


The final session, on company leadership, will provide perspectives on challenges and opportunities the industry may face in the future. Speakers include Don G. Briggs, president of the Louisiana Oil & Gas Association; Randle G. Jones, senior counsel - Southern Division, Anadarko Petroleum Corp.; and Mike Brownell, director of Regulatory Affairs, Chesapeake Energy Corp.


The pre-registration fee per individual is $100. Pre-registration ends June 15 and is available online at The onsite registration fee per individual is $125.


The registration fee covers breakfast, breaks and a reception. Attorneys can earn continuing legal education credits, and engineering professionals can earn professional development hours.


For more information, contact the Center for Energy Studies at 225-578-3948 or email

Communications Manager
Center for Energy Studies