News Release

For more information contact: Jesse Borjon, (785) 271-3269

August 8, 2013

Commission Partners with Washburn Law School to Provide Oil and Gas Conservation Law and Practice Course

Wichita, KS - The Commission will convene for a mock adjudicatory hearing focused on oil and gas issues from 10:50 a.m. to noon, Monday, August 12, at the Kansas Corporation Commission Oil and Gas Conservation Division's offices, Finney State Office Building, 130 S. Market, Room 2078, Wichita, Kansas.

"Oil and Gas is a leading industry in the Kansas economy and ranks just below agriculture in terms of overall gross state product," stated Chairman Mark Sievers. "I am delighted to partner with Washburn Law School to provide a very important and unique learning opportunity on the regulation of oil and gas. It is vital that we provide educational opportunities to ensure that our regulatory structure continues to prevent waste of our oil and gas resources while protecting correlative rights of resource owners."

Washburn Law School Professor David Pierce, commenting on the course, stated: "Dean Romig and the Washburn law faculty are delighted to join with the Commission, its staff, and attorneys to take the classroom to the hearing room. The ability to be taught by the legal and technical staff that comprise the agency they will be practicing before as lawyers, and the ability to be instructed by the very lawyers who engage in that practice today, is invaluable. It also allows students to observe first hand career paths they may want to pursue."

At the mock hearing, the attorneys and witnesses to a prior completed proceeding before the Commission will re-enact the litigation process and the presentation of evidence. The proceeding was a contested application for a location exception that demonstrates the use of expert testimony to establish essential geological and engineering facts required to support a commission decision.

The mock hearing is part of a three day Oil and Gas Conservation Law and Practice course being offered through a partnership with Washburn University Law School. The course examines the statutes and regulations administered by the Conservation Division of the Kansas Corporation Commission, and the laws and practices that have developed around the Kansas program. Students will work directly with the Conservation Division's legal and technical personnel, oil and gas conservation law practitioners, and observe first-hand the Division's operations.

Professor Pierce is the Director of the Washburn Oil and Gas Law Center and the Norman R. Pozez Chair in Business and Transactional Law.


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