University of Wyoming Students Attend Oil and Gas Hearings

Several students from the University of Wyoming’s School of Energy Resources (SER) attended the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission’s (WOGCC) monthly hearings.  Twelve of the students are in the school’s Landman Program and three are law students.  School of Energy Resources Associate Professor of Law and Director of the Academic Program in Professional Land Management Tara Righette and academic professional lecturer in the School of Energy Resources and oil and gas attorney Kris Koski led the field trip to provide students with a real-life opportunity on how the WOGCC functions.  

From Left: Kris Koski, Jared Adams, Sam Mallory, Cheyenne Koch, Chandler Meebower, Desa Inskeep, and Taylor Tucker. All are students in SER's program in Professional Land management.

The students listened to the show causes that came before the Commissioners and sat in on several examiner hearings to witness firsthand the science that goes behind well spacing and other permitting requests.  Jared Adams was among those that attended and felt the day was especially helpful in their learning. He noted, “To be able to observe the examiner hearings was very impactful. As students, we have been learning concepts such as drilling and spacing unit (DSU) establishment, and density increase. It was great to see these very topics being put to practice in the examiner hearings I observed.”  Wrapping up the day, they toured the agency’s many offices to understand the various roles of the WOGCC’s staff and to also learn the history of the agency and the oil and gas industry in Wyoming.  

From Left: S.E.R. Professional Lecturer Kris Koski, Jared Adams, Sam Mallory, Cheyenne Koch, Chandler Meebower, Desa Inskeep, and Taylor Tucker. All are students in S.E.R.'s program in Professional Land management.