10th IUCN Academy of Environmental Law Colloquium

10th IUCN Academy of Environmental Law Colloquium
More than 250 environmental experts from 35 countries gather at the University of Maryland for the 10th Colloquium of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law in July 2012

March 2013 Environmental Field Trip to Israel

March 2013 Environmental Field Trip to Israel
Maryland students vist Israel's first solar power plant in the Negev desert as part of a spring break field trip to study environmental issues in the Middle East

Workshop with All China Environment Federation

Workshop with All China Environment Federation
Participants in March 12 Workshop with All China Environment Federation in Beijing

Winners of Jordanian National Moot Court Competition

Winners of Jordanian National Moot Court Competition
Jordanian Justice Minister Aymen Odah presents trophy to Noura Saleh & Niveen Abdel Rahman from Al Al Bait University along with US AID Mission Director Jay Knott & ABA's Maha Shomali

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Exxon & Chevron Find Production Gains Elusive, Vermont Course & China Field Trip, 7th Edition of Casebook (by Bob Percival)

Last week oil giants ExxonMobil and Chevron reported declining earnings.  One commentator called Chevron’s results “slightly disappointing,” while characterizing Exxon’s as “disastrous.”  A Wall Street Journal reporter noted that despite the increase in U.S. oil production due to expanding use of hydraulic fracturing technology, Exxon and Chevron are “spending unprecedented billions of dollars to find and extract petroleum, hunting in harder rockers, deeper underground and farther offshore.”  Even so , both oil giants are producing less oil and gas now than they were three years ago.  Daniel Gilbert & Tom Fowler, Exxon and Chevron Miss Out on U.S. Oil Boom, Wall Street Journal, July 31, 2013.

Last week I finished teaching my two-week summer course on Comparative U.S./China Environmental Law at Vermont Law School (VLS).  I had another great summer experience at VLS.  On Tuesday members of the VLS U.S.-China Partnership for Environmental Law took me out to lunch.   On Tuesday night John Echeverria hosted a dinner at his home in Strafford for visiting summer faculty.  On Wednesday I visited the Ben & Jerry’s Factory in Waterbury.  Thursday I attended a “Hot Topics” talk on the history of efforts to protect the Chesapeake Bay by visiting journalism fellow Timothy Wheeler from the Baltimore Sun.  I am now back in D.C. and I will be leaving this afternoon to take six of my Vermont students on an environmental field trip to China.  While in China we will be meeting with several environmental groups, academics, and government officials in Beijing, Shanghai, and Hangzhou.

On Friday I received the first copies of the new seventh edition of my environmental law casebook Environmental Regulation: Law, Science and Policy (Aspen 2013).  Thanks to the hard work of lots of Aspen editors, the book is available in time for use in fall 2013 classes.  A transition guide is available on the casebook website at: http://www.erlsp.com.  I am now putting the finishing touches on the new Teacher’s Manual that will be published shortly.

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