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Presenter: Brandon E. Durrett and 6 more

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Seminar Location: Online

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Wednesday, October 14, 2020

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Log into Webinar:                8:00 - 8:30 am CDT
Morning Session:                8:30 am - 12:15 pm CDT
Break:                                 12:15 - 12:45 pm CDT
Afternoon Session:             12:45 - 5:00 pm CDT

Ethical Issues in the Practice of Geoscience                            B. Johnson

   Understanding and complying with
      American Geoscience Institute ethics guidelines
   Day-to-day ethical practices
   Protecting public health, safety and welfare

Ownership of and Access to Surface Lands and Minerals      C. Wehmeyer,
                                                                                                       K. Wehmeyer

   Legal rights of mineral and surface owners
   Legal and practical exercise of access rights
   Where do one party’s rights end and the other’s begin?
   Rights of adjacent property owners
   When rights collide: shared and split estates
   Resolving disputes

Developments in Federal and Texas Environmental Law        K. Fancher

   Reviewing recent changes to and enforcement of:
      • Pollution prevention
      • Water quality enforcement
      • Stormwater permitting
      • Watersheds, wetlands, lakes and streams
   Reviewing recent and anticipated developments at the US EPA
      and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

Understanding of Texas Groundwater Law                               G. Ellis

   Texas rule of capture
   Ownership of groundwater
   Groundwater regulation by conservation districts
   Ownership and duty of the groundwater estate owner to the surface estate owner
   Legal standards related to water well construction
   Prohibition against comingling of waters of different quality

Abandoned Oil and Gas Wells                                                    B. Durrett

   Requirements for abandoned wells
   Procedure for orphaned wells
   Abandoned and unplugged wells

Current Issues in Site Remediation/Soil Contaminants          C. Westfall

   Texas site remediation programs
   Emerging contaminants/PFAs

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Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Geologists/Geoscientists

This live, inactive webinar offers 7.5 PDHs,
including 1.0 ethics hour, to Texas geoscientists.

Continuing Education Credit Information

This webinar is open to the public. It offers Texas geoscientists 7.5 continuing education hours, which includes 1.0 ethics hour. Educators and courses are not subject to preapproval in Texas.

Completion certificates will be awarded to participants who complete this event and earn a passing score (80%) on the quiz that follows the presentation (multiple attempts allowed).


Brandon E. Durrett

Member, Dykema Gossett PLLC

Mr. Durrett is a board certified Oil and Gas attorney in the San Antonio office with the Corporate Finance Practice Group. Practicing in Texas and New Mexico, he counsels petroleum industry clients in mergers and acquisitions, commercial industry agreements, and complex disputes over oil and gas assets. He has broad experience negotiating purchase and sale agreements for both upstream and midstream assets, plus related marketing, financing, confidentiality, and transition agreements. He also works closely with his corporate partners on energy-related mergers, capital investments, and private equity deals. He regularly negotiates complex petroleum industry agreements. Mr. Durrett often teams with his litigation partners in oil and gas disputes involving lease termination claims, subsurface trespass, title disputes, breaches of representations and warranties and indemnification claims. He advises clients in regulatory compliance matters before the Railroad Commission of Texas and New Mexico Oil Conservation Division regarding drilling permits, spacing and density issues, enforcement actions, and forced pooling. Mr. Durrett also has extensive experience examining oil and gas title to fee, state, and federal lands, including complex producing leaseholds and large unitized acreages.

Greg Ellis

Founder at GM Ellis Law

Mr. Ellis has been practicing water law and been involved in water issues for over three decades. As a law student, he helped clerk the House Natural Resources Committee working on a variety of water legislation. After receiving his J.D. degree from the University of Texas School of Law, Mr. Ellis worked as legislative liaison for the Texas Water Commission and later served as general counsel to the Harris-Galveston Coastal Subsidence District. The Edwards Aquifer Authority hired Mr. Ellis as their first general manager in 1997, a position he held until October 2004 when he left to start his solo law practice. In addition to representing subsidence districts and groundwater conservation districts, he serves as board secretary of the Texas Water Foundation, a nonprofit corporation that provides water conservation education throughout the State.

Kristen Fancher

Fancher Legal, PLLC, in Frisco

Ms. Fancher’s work includes assisting clients with various water, environmental, regulatory, administrative, and election law issues. She represents a wide array of government entities, corporations, and landowners on regulatory compliance, water resource and supply planning, endangered species, water utility service, permitting, litigation, transactional, board governance, and enforcement matters. Ms. Fancher served as a judicial intern for The Honorable Robert A. Junell with the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas. She currently serves as the co-chair of the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Section of the State Bar of Texas Law School Committee, which is charged with placing law school students in internships with the state agencies that focus on environmental law. Ms. Fancher is a frequent speaker at water and administrative law conferences across Texas. She is a sixth generation Texan.

Becky Johnson. P.G.

Chair of the Texas Board of Professional Geoscientists

Ms. Johnson is a board certified professional geoscientist and geologist, an environmental science professor at Texas Christian University, and consultant/trainer with more than 26 years of experience. She is a founding member of the Society of Texas Environmental Professionals Sustainability Chapter, and a volunteer with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality EnviroMentor Program. She served for the last 10 years as past president/officer of Society of Texas Environmental Professionals. Ms. Johnson received a bachelor’s degree in Geology from the University of Texas at Arlington and a master’s degree in Environmental Science and Hydrogeology from Texas Christian University.

Corey F. Wehmeyer

Santoyo Wehmeyer, P.C.

Mr. Wehmeyer represents energy industry participants in trials, arbitrations and disputes. Clients include operators, working interest owners, mineral owners, drilling contractors, oil field service companies, pipeline companies, refiners, and mining companies. He has handled matters in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and North Dakota. He also represents clients in general real property and commercial litigation matters. As lead attorney, Mr. Wehmeyer has tried oil and gas jury trials to multi-million dollar verdict and judgment for clients, and has also secured take nothing defense verdicts. He is also an appellate attorney and has successfully represented energy clients in oral argument and briefing before the Supreme Court of Texas, and many intermediate courts of appeal. Mr. Wehmeyer is board certified in Oil, Gas and Mineral Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, and is the managing shareholder of Santoyo Wehmeyer P.C.

Katy Wehmeyer

Santoyo Wehmeyer, P.C.

Ms. Wehmeyer advises oil and gas exploration and production companies in connection with oil and gas lease negotiation and operation, including participation and joint development agreements, pooling and unitization issues, and royalty payment and calculation matters. Ms. Wehmeyer also handles acquisitions and divestitures of oil and gas assets and assists clients with title due diligence ahead of asset acquisition and development. She is board certified in Oil, Gas and Mineral Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Constance C. Westfall

Member at Clark Hill PLC

Ms. Westfall concentrates her practice in the environmental area. She represents industrial and institutional clients on a wide range of environmental matters. She has advised clients on environmental issues arising from the acquisition/sale of business enterprises and improved and unimproved real property, including contracts, environmental site assessments and other environmental due diligence. Ms. Westfall has defended clients in administration enforcement actions before federal and state agencies involving the Toxic Substances Control Act, Texas Solid Waste Disposal Act, Clean Water Act, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act and Texas Water Code. She has assisted companies in the development of their permitting strategies (including major petroleum refineries, steel manufacturing facilities, and a commercial hazardous waste facility), and represented companies with permitting issues before the federal and state agencies, including an appeal to the United States Court of Appeals. Ms. Westfall also has extensive experience in counseling industrial facilities on the investigation and remediation of contaminated soil and groundwater. Prior to joining Strasburger, she served as Judicial Clerk for Jerre S. Williams, United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit (1985-1986).

Tuition Costs:

Standard Tuition: $299.00
Online Tuition (pre-registration): $299.00
Group Prices
3 or more people each: $199.00

Each registration includes one copy of a manual prepared by the seminar speakers.