With a quarter of the 2,300 trillion cubic feet of recoverable natural gas held in shale rock formations in the U.S., the technical and legal environment is rapidly evolving. "Lessons From the Wellhead" a seminar series which kicks off on February 10 will give participants a better understanding of current specialized legal topics focused on the law surrounding the Marcellus shale. The series, which is free for those not seeking CLE credit and open to the public, features three events:
|February 10, 2014
|Royalty Owners' Rights and Lessor/Producer Relations
Speakers: Michael Joy and Joseph Scipione
|March 21, 2014
|Trade Secret Protection and Fluid Chemical Reporting
Speakers: John Carroll and Andrew Bockis
|April 25, 2014
|Capstone: The Global Field
Invited Speakers: Elizabeth Ames-Jones, Tom Murphy, Pat Henderson, and Ross Pifer.
Participants can attend the events at any of three locations — the Lewis Katz Building in University Park, Lewis Katz Hall in Carlisle, and Penn State's Allegheny Extension Office in Pittsburgh. The program is approved for CLE credit by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board.
Garrett Lent '14 is one of the organizers of the event together with members of Penn State Law's Agricultural Law Society. "Substantial developments have occurred in Pennsylvania regarding interaction between landowners and operators, and many parties want to know where that relationship stands in the face of these changes. The development of shale resources is always paired alongside questions of environmental concern, and ensuring that attorneys keep their clients up to date on the most recent regulations and standards is of the utmost importance," Lent said.
Lent said anyone currently involved with shale development would gain insight into niche developments in the law; and for lawyers who are interested in becoming involved with oil and gas law in Pennsylvania, the speakers will provide a starting point for current legal issues that can be brought into practice. Students and others can expect to gain additional understanding of hot topics surrounding shale development, as well as the perspective of attorneys specializing in their fields.
Registration for all three or any of the individual events is open.
The Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board has approved this program as follows: Session I (Feb. 10) 2.0 credits of substantive law, practice and procedure credit and 0.0 hours of ethics, substance abuse, and professionalism credit; Session II (March 21) 2.0 credits of substantive law, practice and procedure credit and 0.0 hours of ethics, substance abuse, and professionalism credit; Session III (April 25) 3.0 credits of substantive law, practice and procedure credit and 0.0 hours of ethics, substance abuse, and professionalism credit. Attorneys seeking credit in states other than Pennsylvania will be provided with a Uniform Certificate of Attendance to self-report. The certificate will be mailed to attendees following the program.