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Welcome Ernest E. Smith Oil, Gas and Mineral Law Institute Conference Attendees

Thanks so much for attending the Fundamentals of Oil, Gas and Mineral Law program and the annual Ernest E. Smith Oil, Gas and Mineral Law Institute Conference. We are pleased to contribute to these definitive programs that address the latest in oil and gas developments for attorneys, corporate lawyers, E&P operators, and landmen.

TOP Energy Training has provided curriculum on oil and gas technology for law students at The University of Texas at Austin Law School since 2019. This year we are again honored to provide insights on oil and gas technology of interest to the legal community through our association with the law school and their informative institute.

If you’re an attorney, corporate lawyer, paralegal, E&P operator, or landman who wants to learn more about the oil and gas industry’s ever-changing technology, TOP Energy Training can provide you with online training to improve your expertise, better serve your clients, and build your knowledge. The broad foundational knowledge gained from our curriculum brings value to effective representation around many subjects.


Use promo code ERNEST at checkout to save 10% on your total purchase. This special discount offer expires on April 25, 2021.

“The Top Energy training program has been a valuable teaching tool for providing scientific and technical information to students. The self-paced format from leading experts through both text and video can quickly offer high-level understanding of complex issues in energy, oil and gas, and the environment.”  

John Beckworth

Lecturer, UT Law School
Associate Dean (2013-2018)

Why Should Attorneys Choose TOP Energy Training?

Knowledge from oil and gas industry experts

TOP Energy believes that collaboration provides the best, most informed, online oil and gas courses to our customers. That’s why we formed an educational consortium made up of faculty, oil and gas professionals, and subject matter experts from Colorado School of Mines, Penn State University, and The University of Texas at Austin. This diversity allows us to present a 360-degree view of the challenges, opportunities, and information related to the oil and gas industry.

A history of high quality and broad energy education

TOP Energy Training began in 2012 as a blended educational program for the regulatory community.  Based on immediate feedback, program leadership soon recognized that the high-quality, online curriculum content had value for a broader audience. Technical and non-technical industry professionals, lawyers, teachers, students, journalists, landowners, municipal staff, and consultants need to stay abreast of the ever-changing oil and gas technology trends to be effective in their jobs and careers. TOP Energy Training online content is now available to these audiences. You can learn more about the history of TOP Energy on our website or watch a short video that underscores the high quality of our online training.

Self-Paced and On-Demand

The technical complexity of the oil and gas business can make contract disputes and their remediation challenging. That’s why we set out to design courses that break down complex subject matter into understandable concepts utilizing video, graphics, animations, and interactive elements. The courses can be accessed on desktop, tablet, or mobile devices and are designed to be taken at your own pace because we understand the day-to-day competition for your time.


When you or your employees are ready to expand your knowledge of the oil and gas sector, we know that you want to get the best possible education for your money. TOP Energy Training online content is continuously updated as the technology evolves, and new lessons are added to stay current. We take great pride in delivering high-quality, up-to-date courses so that you get incredible value. After all, we understand that time is money!

Some TOP Energy Courses & Topics Relevant to Attorneys and Lawyers:

Oil and gas industry fundamentals are complex and not always thoroughly taught in law school. That’s why we set out to design courses that break down the technical subject matter into understandable concepts delivered through a state-of-the-art teaching platform.

Our broad range of content is perfect for any legal professional who wants to receive practical training in important areas of the oil and gas business. TOP Energy’s platform allows you to customize the type of instruction and training that best suits your needs. Course offerings include: Petroleum Geology, Petroleum Engineering & Technology, Environmental Stewardship, Emerging Trends, and Effective Communications.

Our full courses include numerous lessons on the specific course theme, and certain popular lessons are available for individual purchase. Not sure you want to invest in an entire course? Take one of the course lessons to try it out. Your lesson cost can later be applied to the purchase of the full course if you like. Want to customize your learning? Take individual lessons from different courses to match your needs.

A summary of some of our course lessons and topic pages are listed below.

Stimulation Lesson (a lesson in Petroleum Engineering & Technology course)

Stimulating a well means to open up pathways around the wellbore to increase hydrocarbon fluid flow – sometimes to correct the limitations of nature, and sometimes to correct damage created through the drilling process itself. Perhaps no aspect of oil and gas development has spurred more heated dialogue in the last 20 years than the growing utilization of multi-stage hydraulic fracturing operations for well stimulation. This heightened interest has increased  the need for technical knowledge as applied to environmental law. In addition to covering hydraulic fracturing, this lesson examines formation damage and takes a look at a technology for intervention to make the well economical – acidizing.

Introduction to Decommissioning and Reclamation (a topic page in Petroleum Engineering & Technology course):

Decommissioning a well can be as important as the initial drilling and completion operations. Orphaned, abandoned, and improperly plugged wells can release a significant amount of methane directly into the atmosphere. The best environmental strategy is to properly plug wells quickly when they stop producing, but this isn’t always in an operator’s immediate economic interest, so a strong set of regulations has been developed to legally require everyone to do the right thing. TOP Energy’s curriculum delivers an understanding of abandonment and decommissioning and what needs to be done to safely plug a well that has reached the end of its productive life so that legal requirements have been met.

Anatomy of a Drill Site Lesson (a lesson in Petroleum Engineering & Technology course):

Understanding the basics of drilling operations combined with a comprehensive petroleum literacy is a critical component of building public trust, especially when legal issues arise that require arbitration, dispute resolution, or litigation. TOP Energy’s curriculum covers how the individual parts of drilling systems work, and why operators use the equipment they do today. Additionally, the curriculum explores some of the planning that goes into selecting the proper drilling mud and casing to safely drill and isolate a well. For a taste of related content, visit our drilling interactive where you can explore the machinery and equipment you might encounter at a drill site. 

Water Jurisdictions (a topic page in Environmental Stewardship course):

Emerging energy technologies in oil and gas production are growing more and more water-intensive. Water jurisdiction can be a complex network of agencies, sometimes with overlapping authority, that regulate competing interests of what may be a limited, but in high-demand, resource. TOP Energy’s curriculum untangles this web of interconnection and infrastructure to facilitate the mutual understanding and collaboration that fosters decisions beneficial to all parties and future generations.

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