Students study environmental law in oilfields of Texas

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Over spring break, 11 law students, led by Professor Heidi Hurd, headed south to Midland-Odessa, Texas to survey numerous aspects of the oil and gas industry in Texas, including drilling engineering, equipment manufacturing, water management, industry financing, and energy law issues, as well as the wind energy industry, which is becoming prominent in the region.

“The idea also was to get a sense of the living out here to foster a greater awareness as citizens and consumers and, for some, future energy lawyers,” said Hurd.

The students toured Saulsbury Industries, Sivalls Inc. and the Desert Sky Wind Farm. They talked with energy lawyers, a banker, economist Ray Perryman, and U.S. Rep. Mike Conaway.

Participants were members of Hurd’s course on Ethics, Economics, and the Environment, which focuses on the ethics and economics of our energy choices, as well as from the Energy Law Association, a student organization.

Zach Johnson (’15), Brian Enright(’15), and Nick Ballen (’15) organized the trip with Jeff Lambert  (’13) and Jack Najarian (’12), both recent alumni who work at Todd, Barron, Thomason, Hudman & Baxter, P.C. in Odessa, Texas. 

The trip was sponsored by the Odessa Chamber of Commerce and by the Odessa Development Corporation, from which Professor Hurd secured a grant that paid for the students' travel expenses.