Experts in mineral law, drilling technology and environmental issues related to horizontal drilling will discuss those topics during the Gulf States Energy Retreat on June 20 and 21 at the Dalton J. Woods Auditorium in the Energy, Coast & Environment Building at LSU.

The conference will be presented by the LSU Center for Energy Studies and Jones Walker law firm.

The first day’s sessions begin at noon 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.

The keynote session will feature Scott A. Angelle, secretary of the Department of Natural Resources, and 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. McKeithen and Angelle will provide an overview of recent developments at the Texas Railroad Commission and Louisiana Department of Natural Resources.

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 serve on the roundtable. Nicole Duarte, partner in Jones Walker’s Business & Commercial Litigation Practice Group, will moderate the discussion.

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.

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