Presents the EENR Speaker Series for Fall 2015

Water Rights, Energy and Endangered Species: Which Comes First in Texas?

Robin K. Craig
William H. Leary Professor of Law University of Utah

Carlos Rubinstein
Principal, RSAH2O Consulting Group Former Chairman, Texas Water Development Board

Charles Irvine
Partner, Irvine & Conner, LLPC

Friday, November 13, 2015
noon - 1:30 p.m.
University of Houston Law Center
240 TUII

Boxed lunches will be served.
1.5 Hours CLE Credit (no ethics)
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Scarce water can spark fierce fights, and legal disputes may grow in Texas over water demands by energy producers, industrial operators, and endangered species that need consistent minimal levels of water to survive. The development of shale resources can require millions of gallons of water per well, and some refinery and power plant operators now view reliable water supplies and rights as their most important long-term environmental challenge. This panel will examine how Texas’ water rights law and permit rules harmonize (or conflict) with competing obligations to protect the critical habitat of protected species, especially in light of recent high-profile court rulings on water supplies for whooping cranes at the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge.

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Map and Directions

The University of Houston Law Center is located off of Interstate 45, just south of downtown Houston.

To reach the Law Center from I-45 northbound, take the Elgin-Cullen/Lockwood exit, turn left at the light, and proceed under the freeway to the traffic light at Entrance 18 where you will take a left. Take a left at the first inner-campus road and follow it as it turns right and deposits you at a four-way stop.  Turn left, and the Law Center buildings will be on your left, with metered parking available to your right in Parking Lot 19B.

To reach the Law Center from I-45 southbound, take the Spur 5 exit and follow it to the first stop light  (University Drive).  Turn right, and proceed past the Campus Wellness Center to the stop light (Calhoun).  Turn right, and proceed past Calhoun Lofts to the last entrance on your left before Calhoun “dead ends.”  Parking Lot 19B is on your right, with the Law Center complex flanking the bronze statue of Albertus Magnus. Metered parking is available.

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Click here for an interactive campus map to help you locate the Bates Law Building, Parking Lot 19B, the East garage, or the Visitor's parking garage.

Visitor Parking

Visitors have two parking options:

  • Meters – Lot 19B. Visitors may park at the meters located in the Law Center's parking lot (locate Lot 19B, here) with a valid receipt of purchase displayed on the dashboard of the vehicle. In addition, there are several metered parking spaces (2 hours maximum) located on the south side of Lot 19B, close to the Calhoun Lofts.
  • Parking Garages. Visitor parking is also available in the Welcome Center parking garage located on University Drive and Calhoun Road, the East garage on Calhoun north of University, and at the UH Hilton located on University Blvd. Locate these garages here. Both are a short walk from the Law Center. Garage parking is $2 per hour, maximum $8 per day.

UH Parking & Transportation. For more information, please visit the main campus Parking & Transportation site.