OCU School of Law will host an Energy Roundtable, which will address the future of oil and gas in Oklahoma.
The discussion will take place 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. March 9 at the School of Law campus, 800 N. Harvey Ave.
Speakers include Steve Dixon, CEO of Tapstone Energy; Mike Teague, Oklahoma secretary of energy and environment, and Dana Murphy, chairwoman of the Oklahoma Corporation Commission.
Jim Roth, OCU Law practitioner-in-residence and co-organizer of the roundtable, will moderate the panel.
“Oklahoma has a lot of new opportunities that people have a lot of hope about,” Roth said.
Roth is also the director and former corporation commissioner at Phillips Murrah P.C., an Oklahoma City law firm.
Conversations at the roundtable will feature what energy law practitioners call the “major plays.” These plays include South Central Oklahoma Oil Province and the Sooner Trend Anadarko, mostly in Canadian and Kingfisher.
These plays are largely focused on the search for oil-based opportunities in Oklahoma.
The discussions will largely involve what these plays mean for employment and revenue, Roth said.
“There’s going to be a lot of genuine, deep conversations surrounding change in administration at the federal level, as well as the quick movement of technology,” Roth said.
Roth encourages students to attend the discussion to learn more about Oklahoma’s oil and gas industry.
“I think this is a great opportunity for students to ask questions of government, policy and energy leaders,” Roth said.
Abby Bryan, acting freshman, said she would like to attend the discussion for the opportunity to speak to government representatives about environmental issues, and she looks forward to the opportunity to discuss issues in the oil industry like fracking.
“I want to go to one of these meetings and come back knowing I can make a change,” Bryan said.
Bryan said she also wants to focus on the other ways students can make a difference in their community by becoming more informed on local issues.
“I hope for a better future without pushback,” Bryan said. “I feel like all we’re getting right now is a hell of a lot of pushback.”
Registration is free for OCU students, and lunch is provided. Roth encourages students to register to reserve a spot. Registration is available online at oculawenergyroundtable.eventbrite.com.