Christopher S. Kulander

Director and Professor, Oil & Gas Law Institute

J.D., University of Oklahoma College of Law, 2005 (with distinction)
Certificate of Specialization in American Indian Law
Fulbright Scholar – Eastern Europe

Ph.D., Geophysics (Petroleum Seismology), Texas A&M University, 1999
Dissertation: Geologic Evolution and Structural Controls on Hydrocarbon Flow in the Ship Shoal Block 274/293 Field, Offshore Louisiana, Gulf of Mexico (May 1999)

M.S., Geophysics, Wright State University, 1995
Thesis: Geology of the Stotlers Crossroads 7.5-Minute Quadrangle in Eastern West Virginia(June 1995)

B.S., Geology, Wright State University, 1993

Areas of Expertise

  • Domestic Energy Law
  • International Energy Law
  • Mining Law
  • Oil & Gas Law
  • Property

ckulander@stcl.edu

432-352-7243

Office: 726T

Admitted to practice in New Mexico and Texas.

Christopher Kulander joined the South Texas College of Law Houston in August 2014 as Professor and Director of the school’s new Oil & Gas Law Institute. At South Texas College of Law Houston, he teaches courses covering oil & gas, energy, and property law. He received his J.D. from the University of Oklahoma, where he was managing editor for theOklahoma Bar Mineral Law Newsletter, note editor and assisting managing editor for the American Indian Law Review, and research assistant for Owen L. Anderson, Eugene Kuntz Chair of Oil and Gas Law.

Before teaching, Professor Kulander practiced full-time for four years in the Houston office of Haynes and Boone LLP within the Energy Practice Group, focusing on energy lending, finance, and bankruptcy. Prior to that, he practiced for two years with Cotton & Bledsoe in Midland, Texas, focusing on oil and gas title and leasing.

Before law school, he received his B.S. and M.S. in geology from Wright State in Dayton, Ohio, and his Ph.D. in geophysics (petroleum seismology) from Texas A&M, after which he worked as a geophysicist for the U.S. Geological Survey. He has written and published in the fields of oil and gas law, land use control, American Indian law as well as in geology and petroleum seismology.


ARTICLES

Down Step by Step—Ratification of Oil and Gas Leases by Royalty Interests in Texas, 73 S.M.U. L. Rev. ___ (forthcoming)

Conveying Pooled Mineral Interests and the Curious Case of Aery v. Hoskins, 14 Tex. J. Oil, Gas & Energy L. 63, (2019) 

European Energy Security, American LNG, and the Global Natural Gas Marketplace, 3 Oil & Gas, Nat. Resources, & Energy J. 875 (2017) 

The Executive Right to Lease after KCM Financial, LLC v. Bradshaw and a Louisiana Solution to a Texas Problem, 48 St. Mary’s L.J. 637 (2017) 

Fixed vs. Floating Non-Participating Oil & Gas Royalty in Texas: And the Battles Rage On… 4 Tex. A&M L. Rev. 41 (2016) 

Comparing Subsurface Trespass Jurisprudence—Geophysical Surveying and Hydraulic Fracturing, 46 N.M. L. Rev., 67 (2015) (with R. Jordan Shaw) 

Edwards Aquifer Authority v. Day and Bragg — Predictions on Their Effects for Regulatory Takings Claims for Groundwater Used in Oil & Gas Operations, 66 Baylor L. Rev. 471 (2014) 

Intruder Alert! Running the Regulatory Gauntlet to Purchase, Own, and Operate American Energy/Mineral Assets by Foreign Entities, 46 Tex. Tech L. Rev. 995 (2014) 

Out Through the In DoorShale Gas Set to Reverse the Direction of LNG Sales in America, 2 LSU J. Energy L. & Resources 204 (2014) 

Common Law Aspects of Shale Oil & Gas Development, 49 Idaho L. Rev. 367 (2013) 

The Executive Right to Lease Mineral Real Property in Texas Before and After Lesley v. Veterans Land Board, 44 St. Mary’s L.J. 529 (2013) 

Shale Oil & Gas State Regulations Issues and Trends, 63 Case W. Res. L. Rev. 1101 (2013) 

American Law and Jurisprudence on Fracing—2012, 58 Rocky Mtn. Min. L. Inst. 4-1, 188 pages (2012) (with Thomas Kurth, Michael Mazzone, and Mary Mendoza) 

Navasota v. First Source Texas and Its Effects on Packaged Sales and Preferential Rights to Purchase Clauses, 52 S. Tex. L. Rev. 233 (2011) (with Kirk Worley) 

The Arctic: Past the Last Frontier, 20 N. Mariner/Le Marin Du Nordm 71 (2010) (with Sergei Lomako) 

Big Money vs. Grand Designs: Revisiting the Executive Right to Lease Oil & Gas Interests, 42 Tex. Tech L. Rev. 33 (2009) 

Surface Damages, Site-Remediation and Well Bonding in Wyoming – Results and Analysis of Recent Regulations, 9 Wyo. L. Rev. 413 (2009) 

A Flock of Trouble: Liability Under Oil and Gas Joint Operating Agreements After Seagull v. Eland, 14 Tex. Wesleyan L. Rev. 217 (2008) (with David Lauritzen) 

Split-Estate Issues on Indian Lands, 2 Tex J. Oil, Gas & Energy L. 125 (2007) 

Take-or-Pay Royalties, the Trust Doctrine, & the Shoshone Case, 29 Am. Indian L. Rev. 101 (2005) 

BOOKS

Cases and Materials on Oil and Gas Law. 7th ed. (St. Paul, MN: West Academic Publishing, 2018) (with John S. Lowe, Owen L. Anderson, Ernest E. Smith,  David E. Pierce & Monika U. Ehrman).

Forms Manual to Cases and Materials on Oil and Gas Law. 7th ed. (St. Paul, MN: West Academic Publishing, 2018). (with John S. Lowe, Owen L. Anderson, Ernest E. Smith, David E. Pierce & Monika U. Ehrman)

Teacher’s Manual to Oil and Gas Law. 7th ed. (St. Paul, MN: West Academic Publishing, 2018). (with John S. Lowe, Owen L. Anderson, Ernest E. Smith, David E. Pierce & Monika U. Ehrman)

Forms Manual to Cases and Materials on Oil and Gas Law. 6th ed. (St. Paul, MN: West Academic Publishing, 2015). (with John S. Lowe, Owen L. Anderson, Ernest E. Smith & David E. Pierce)

Cases and Materials on Oil and Gas Law. 6th ed. (St. Paul, MN: West, 2013) (with John S. Lowe, Owen L. Anderson, Ernest E. Smith & David E. Pierce).

Teacher’s Manual for Cases and Materials on Oil and Gas Law. 6th ed. (St. Paul, MN: West, 2013) (with John Lowe, Owen Anderson, Ernest Smith, & David Pierce)

CHAPTERS

The Offshore Petroleum Licensing Regime in the United States, in Regulation of the Upstream Petroleum Sector: A Comparative Study of Licensing and Concession Systems (Tina Hunter, editor) (Cheltenham, UK : Edward Elgar Publishing, 2015). (with Owen L. Anderson)

COMMENTARIES

Gas Shale and Hydraulic Fracturing Work for our Nation, Envtl Leader, Oct. 25, 2010. (http://www.environmentalleader.com/2010/10/25/gas-shale-and-hydraulic-fracturing-work-for-our-nation/)

PRESENTATIONS & PROCEEDINGS

Presenter, The Oil and Gas Lease: Defining the Royalty Obligation and The Royalty Obligation, Division Orders, and Check Stub Statutes, in Oil and Gas Law Annual Short Course, Oct. 22, 2019, Denver, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation.

Presenter, Ratification of Leases by Royalty Interests in Texas & How It Ought To Be, 32nd Annual Energy Law Institute for Attorneys & Landman, Aug. 28, 2019, Houston, Harry L. Reed Oil & Gas Law Institute.

Presenter, Shale gas and LNG in the USA. Lessons for Europe, 16th International Conference of Young Scientists on Energy Issues, May 23, 2019, Kaunas, Lithuania.

Presenter, Basics of Oil and Gas Law and Lending, in Oil and Gas Crash Course, Oct. 10, 2018, Houston, Haynes and Boone, LLP and the Harry L. Reed Oil & Gas Law Institute joint presentation

Presenter, The Oil and Gas Lease: Defining the Royalty Obligation” and “The Royalty Obligation, Division Orders, and Check Stub Statutes, Oil and Gas Law Annual Short Course, Oct. 9, 2018, Houston, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation.

Executive Right to Lease – A Primer and Recent Developments, in Oil ,Gas & Mineral Title Examination (Austin: State Bar of Texas, 2018). (Tab 14)

Presenter, American LNG and the Global Natural Gas Marketplace, Thirty Years of International Law: Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going, Apr. 4-5, 2018, Houston, International Law Section of the State Bar of Texas

Presenter, Fixed v. Floating Royalty Fractions in Deeds, 20th Annual Permian Basin Oil & Gas Law, Feb. 23, 2018, Midland, TX, Live Oak CLE.

Presenter, Oil & Gas Case Law Update—2017, Annual Case Law Update, Jan. 25, 2018, Houston, Houston Bar Association Oil & Gas Section.

Presenter, Judicial Interpretation of the Joint Operating Agreement, Oil & Gas Joint Operations and the New AAPL Form 610 Model Form Operating Agreement, Dec. 6, 2017, Denver, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation.

Presenter, “The Oil and Gas Lease: Defining the Royalty Obligation” and “The Royalty Obligation, Division Orders, and Check Stub Statutes, Oil and Gas Law Annual Short Course, Oct. 23-27, 2017, Denver, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation.

Presenter, 2016-2017 Texas Oil & Gas Case Law Update, 30th Annual Energy Law Institute for Attorneys and Landman, Aug. 30, 2017, Houston, Harry L. Reed Oil & Gas Law Institute.

Presenter, Comments as Discussant on Vulnerability and the U.S. Energy Transitions, Innovation, Property Rights, and the Structure of Energy, Aug. 15, 2017, Bozeman, MT, Property and Environment Research Center.

Presenter, Interests in Oil & Gas, Fundamentals of Oil, Gas and Mineral Law, Apr. 13, 2017, Houston, UT Law CLE.

Presenter, The Future of Oil & Gas Law, Oil and Gas, Natural Resources, and Energy Journal Symposium, Apr. 7, 2017, University of Oklahoma College of Law, Norman, Oklahoma.

Presenter. Oil & Gas Case Law Update—2016, Houston Bar Association Oil & Gas Section. Feb. 23, 2017, Houston.

Presenter, Judicial Interpretation of the Joint Operating Agreement, in Oil & Gas Joint Operations and the New AAPL Form 610 Model Form Operating Agreement, (Westminster, CO: Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation) Nov. 3-4, 2016, Houston.

Presenter, The Oil and Gas Lease: Defining the Royalty Obligation and The Royalty Obligation, Division Orders, and Check Stub Statutes, in 34th Annual Oil and Gas Law Short Course (Westminster, CO: Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation) Oct. 18-22, 2016, Houston.

Course Director; Presenter, 2016 Oil & Gas Case Law Update, in 29th Energy Law Institute for Attorneys and Landmen (Houston: South Texas College of Law, 2016). (Tab B)

Presenter, The Executive Right to Lease–A Primer and Recent Developments, in 31st Review of Oil & Gas Law (Dallas, Energy Law Section: Dallas Bar Association) Aug. 18, 2016.

Moderator, Escape Of Water During Operations: Enforcement And Ethical Consideration, in Water Acquisition and Management for Oil & Gas Development: Legal and Regulatory Requirements, Paper 10 (Westminster, CO: Rocky Mountain Mineral law Foundation, April 2016).

Presenter, Oil & Gas Law Primer, Houston Association of Law Librarians Annual Conference, Mar. 9, 2016, Houston.

Course Director. Permian Basin Oil & Gas Law, Feb. 26, 2015, Midland, TX, Live Oak.

Presenter, Recent Developments in Oil and Gas Law , in 67th Annual Oil and Gas Law Conference (Houston: Institute for Energy Law, 2016).

Presenter, 2014-2015 Oil & Gas Case Law Update, Houston Bar Association Oil, Gas & Mineral Law Section, January Paper, 2016.

Panel, Groundwater Regulation in Light of Recent Takings Litigation, in Texas Water Law Institute, (Austin: University of Texas at Austin, School of Law, 2015).

Presenter, The Oil & Gas Lease: Defining the Royalty Obligation and Division Orders and Check Stub Statutes, in 33rd Annual Oil & Gas Law Short Course (Westminster, CO: Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, 2015).

Presenter, Oil & Gas Case Law Update—2014‐15, in 3rd Annual Energy Symposium (Houston: Texas Southern University, 2015).

Presenter, What Is an Oil & Gas Lease? in Handling Your First (or Next) Oil and Gas Lease (Austin: State Bar of Texas, 2015). (Tab 1)

Course Director; Presenter, Case Law Update, in 28th Energy Law Institute for Attorneys and Landmen (Houston: South Texas College of Law, 2015).

Presenter, Annual Case Law Update, Energy Law: Review of Oil & Gas Law XXX, Dallas Bar Association Energy Law Section, Aug. 28, 2015.

Presenter, The Current State of the Executive Right to Lease in Texas, 46th Annual Technical Workshop (Houston Association of Professional Landmen, Apr. 21, 2015).

Presenter, Interests in Oil & Gas, in 41st Annual Ernest E. Smith Oil, Gas and Mineral Law (Austin: University of Texas, School of Law 2015).

Executive Rights (Fiduciary Duty Lite), in 17th Annual Permian Basin Oil & Gas Law Seminar (Live Oak CLE) Feb. 27, 2015.

Recent Developments in Oil and Gas Law, in 66th Proceedings of the Institute on Oil and Gas Law 1 (Newark, N.J.: Matthew Bender, 2015).

Presenter, Update on Texas Oil & Gas Law, 2014‐2015 HBA/CLE Seminar Series, Houston, Feb. 13, 2015.

Presenter, Oil & Gas Case Law Update—2014, Houston Bar Association Oil, Gas & Mineral Law Section, Jan. 20, 2015.

Presenter, Royalty Responsibilities of Oil & Gas Leases, and Division Orders and Check Stub Statutes, in Oil & Gas Law Short Course (Westminster, CO: Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, 2014).

Presenter, Executive Rights & Self-Development Right Of Mineral Co-Tenants, in 5th Annual Shale Play Seminar (HAPL: Houston Association of Petroleum Landmen, Oct. 2, 2014).

Presenter, The Executive Right to Lease—A Primer and Recent Developments, Texas Land Institute Oil & Gas Law Seminar (Houston, American Association of Petroleum Landmen, 2014).

Presenter, Natural Gas, LNG, and Energy Demand and Geopolitics Liquefied Natural Gas: Current Challenges and Potential Responses, American Bar Association Business Law Section ‐ 2014 Section Annual Meeting. Sep. 13, 2014, Chicago.

Presenter, Case Law Update from Outside of Texas, in 27th Annual Energy Law Institute for Attorneys and Landmen (Houston: South Texas College of Law, 2014). (Tab J)

Presenter, ¡Reforma Energética! Mexico’s Energy Reforms—from Monolithic State Empire to Target for International Investment? Invited Lecture Series, Hispanic Law Students Association & Energy Law Interest Group joint presentation, Apr. 23, 2014, Lubbock, TX, Texas Tech School of Law.

Panel, Acquisition, Financing, Development, and Divestiture of American Oil & Gas Real Property by Foreigners, in Sixth Annual Energy Symposium (Ft Worth: Texas A&M Law Review, 2014).

Presenter, Seismic and Fracing Trespass, Permian Basin Oil & Gas Law (Midland: Live Oak CLE/Texas Tech School of Law, 2014).

Recent Developments in Oil and Gas Law, in 65th Proceedings of the Institute on Oil and Gas Law 1 (Newark, N.J.: Matthew Bender, 2014).

Presenter, Oil & Gas Case Law Update—2013, Annual Case Law Update (Houston: Houston Bar Association Oil & Gas Section, 2014).

Presenter, Edwards Aquifer Authority v. Day and Bragg—Predictions on Their Effects for Regulatory Takings Claims for Groundwater Used in Oil & Gas, in 2013 Lone Mountain Forum on Energy Policy: Political, Legal, and Economic Issues (Big Sky, MT: Property and Environmental Research Center, Dec. 6–7, 2013).

Presenter, Shake and Quake: Remote Sensing and Fracing Trespass, Distinguished Lecture Series, Austin, University of Texas School of Law, Nov. 18, 2013.

Presenter, Living in the USA: from Imports to Exports, Energy Lecture Series, Baton Rouge, Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Nov. 8, 2013.

Presenter, Division Orders & Check Stub Statutes, and Royalty and Oil & Gas Leases, in Oil & Gas Law Short Course (Westminster, CO: Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, Oct. 22, 2013).

Presenter, Duties Of The Executive Right Before And After Lesley and Friddle, in 31st Annual Advanced Oil, Gas And Energy Resources Law Course (Austin: State Bar of Texas, 2013). (Tab 23)

Presenter, Over the Line! — Seismic and Fracturing and Trespass, Scholar Exchange Program, University of Oklahoma College of Law, Norman, Sep. 9, 2013.

Shale Oil and Gas State Regulatory and Litigation Issues and Trends In Texas and Beyond, in Environmental Impacts Of Oil and Gas Production (Austin: State Bar of Texas, 2013). (Tab 12)

American Law And Jurisprudence On Fracing, in 58 Rocky Mtn Min. L. Inst. (Westminster, CO: Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, 2012). (Chap. 4) (with Thomas E. Kurth, Michae J. Mazzone, Mary S. Mendoza)

State Regulatory Issues Related To Drilling For Shale Gas And Hydraulic Fracturing, in The Water-Energy Nexus Acquisition, Use, and Disposal of Water for Energy and Mineral Development Paper 5 (Westminster, CO: Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, 2012).

Environmental Effects Of Petroleum Production: 2010-2011 Texas Legislative Developments, in Environmental Impacts Of Oil And Gas Production (Austin: State Bar of Texas, 2012). (Tab 6)

The States’ Legal Framework: Texas/Louisiana Region American Law And Jurisprudence On Fracing, in Hydraulic Fracturing Core Issues & Trends Paper 3A (Westminster, CO: Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, November 2011).

Expert Witness:

Cenizo Investments, Ltd. et al. v. ZaZa Energy, LLC, Cause No. 11-07-11467-DCVAJA, Dimmit County, Texas, 365th Judicial District

Threshold Development Company v. Juno Energy, LLC et al., Cause No. 2013-7589, Crosby County, Texas, 72nd Judicial District

Bradley and Randi Aery v. Hoskins Inc. et al, Cause No. M-12-0045-CV-A, McMullen County, Texas, 36rd Judicial District

Radcliffe v. Tidal Petroleum, Inc., et al., Cause No. 13-07-00176-CVL, La Salle County, Texas, 218th Judicial District.

 


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