Professor Christopher S. Kulander

Christopher S. Kulander Associate Professor of Law, 2011
(432) 352-7243

Admitted to practice in New Mexico and Texas.

Associate Professor Kulander joined the faculty in the summer of 2011 and teaches oil and gas law, property, energy law, and mining law at the Texas Tech School of Law. He is also Of Counsel to Haynes and Boone LLP. He received his J.D. from the University of Oklahoma, where he was managing editor for the Oklahoma 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.

Professor Kulander serves as an editor of the Oil and Gas Law Reporter and as the law school's trustee to the Institute for Energy Law and the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation.


J.D., University of Oklahoma College of Law, 2005 (with distinction)

Certificate of Specialization in American Indian Law

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



Cases and Materials on Oil and Gas Law (6th Ed. West 2012) (with Professors Ernest Smith, John Lowe, and Owen Anderson).

Other Books and Book Chapters

Teacher's Manual for Cases and Materials on Oil and Gas Law (6th Ed. West 2012) (with Professors Ernest Smith, John Lowe, and Owen Anderson).

Forms Manual for Cases and Materials on Oil and Gas Law (6th Ed. West 2012) (with Professors Ernest Smith, John Lowe, and Owen Anderson).

“United States Offshore Licensing and Concession System” in Hunter, T. (ed.), Regulation of the Upstream Petroleum Sector: A Comparative Study of Licensing and Concession Systems (Edward Elgar, UK, 2014)(with Professor Owen Anderson).

Law Review Articles

Edwards Aquifer Authority v. Day and Bragg — Predictions on Their Effects for Regulatory Takings Claims for Groundwater Used in Oil & Gas Operations, Baylor L. Rev., Vol. 66, No. 1 (2014) (in press).

Intruder Alert! Running the Regulatory Gauntlet to Purchase, Own, and Operate American Energy/Mineral Assets by Foreign Entities, Tex. Tech L. Rev., Vol. 46, No. 4 (2014).

Oil, Gas, and Energy Case Summaries, Tex J. Oil, Gas & Energy L., Vol. 9, No. 2 (symposium edition article) (2014).

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

Common Law Aspects of Shale Oil & Gas Development, 49 Idaho L. Rev. 3 (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. 1, (2013).

2012 Texas Oil & Gas Case Law Update, Tex. A&M L. Rev., Vol. 1, No. 4 (symposium edition article) (2013).

Shale Oil & Gas State Regulations Issues and Trends, 63 Case W. Res. L. Rev. 4 (2013).

American Law and Jurisprudence on Fracing—2012, Rocky Mtn. Min. L. Inst., Vol. 49, No. 2 (2012) (with Thomas Kurth, Michael Mazzone, and Mary Mendoza).

Environmental Effects of Petroleum Production: 2010-2011 Texas Legislative Developments, Tex. Tech L. Rev., Vol. 44, No. 4 (symposium edition article) (2012).

Navasota v. First Source Texas and Its Effects on Packaged Sales and Preferential Rights to Purchase Clauses, S. Tex. L. Rev., Vol. 52, No. 2 (2011) (with Kirk Worley).

The Arctic: Past the Last Frontier, The Northern Mariner/Le Marin Du Nordm, Vol. 20, No. 1 (2010) (with Sergei Lomako).

American Law and Jurisprudence on Fracing, Rocky Mtn. Min. L. Inst., Vol. 47, No. 2 (2010) (with Thomas Kurth, Michael Mazzone, and Mary Mendoza).

Big Money vs. Grand Designs: Revisiting the Executive Right to Lease Oil & Gas Interests, Tex. Tech L. Rev., Vol. 42, No. 1 (2009).

Surface Damages, Site-Remediation and Well Bonding in Wyoming - Results and Analysis of Recent Regulations, Wyo. L. Rev., Vol. 9, No. 2 (2009).

A Flock of Trouble: Liability Under Oil and Gas Joint Operating Agreements After Seagull v. Eland, Tex. Wesleyan L. Rev., Vol. 14, No. 2 (2008) (with David Lauritzen).

Split-Estate Issues on Indian Lands, Tex J. Oil, Gas & Energy L., Vol. 2, No. 1 (2007).

Take-or-Pay Royalties, the Trust Doctrine, and the Shoshone Case, Am. Indian L. Rev., Vol. 39, No. 1 (2005).

Other Publications

Shale Oil and Gas State Regulatory and Litigation Issues and Trends in Texas, Proceedings of Environmental Impacts of Oil & Gas Production, San Antonio, TexasBarCLE and Texas Tech School of Law, Jan. 25, 2013.

The Arctic is White Hot, Oil, Gas & Energy Law Intelligence (OGEL) Special Edition—Arctic Region: Boundaries, Resources and the Promise of Co-operation, Edited by James Lloyd Loftis, Timothy J. Tyler, and Adrianne Goins, Vol. 10, Issue 2, Jan. 2012 (with Sergei Lomako).

Exploring the Great White North, Oil and Gas Investor, Vol. 30, No. 9, Sep. 2010.

Gas Shale and Hydraulic Fracturing Work for Our Nation, Environmental Leader, Oct. 25, 2010.

Surface Use and Access for Oil and Gas Exploration in Frontier Areas, Landman, Vol. 54, No. 3, May/June 2009.

The New Petroleum Categories and Valuation Requirements of the SEC, Oklahoma Mineral Law Section Newsletter, Vol. XXX, No. 3, Jul. 2009 (with Bill Nelson).

Operator Removal Under Form Joint Operating Agreements in Texas, Permian Basin Landmen Association Newsletter, May 2009.

Wagner & Brown, Ltd. v. Sheppard - the Supreme Court Releases Opinion Affecting Texas Landmen, Houston Association of Professional Landmen Newsletter, May 2009.

Additional Provisions to Form Joint Operating Agreements, Oil, Gas & Energy Resources Law Section Report, State Bar of Texas, Vol. 33, No. 2, Dec. 2008 (with Mark Mathews).

Practitioner’s Pathfinder for Approaching Foreign Investment in Oil & Gas Real Property in Texas and New Mexico, Texas Transnational Law Quarterly, Vol. 21, No. 3, Jun. 2008.

The Art of Reconciling the Joint Operating Agreement and the COPAS Accounting Procedure, Arkansas Bar Association Natural Resource Law Institute, Feb. 2006 (with Susan Richardson).

Gas Balancing Agreements - Fundamentals & New Developments, Oklahoma Mineral Law Section Newsletter, Vol. XXVI, No. 5, Dec. 2005.

Regional Seismic Lines Across the Rome Trough and Alleghany Plateau of northern West Virginia, western Maryland, and southwestern Pennsylvania, U.S. Geological Survey, Geological Investigations Series Map I-2791, 2005 (with Robert Ryder).

Interpreted Regional Seismic Reflection Lines, National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska, U.S. Geological Survey, Open-File Report 2005-1402, Dec. 2005 (with Christopher Potter).

Upcoming and Recent Presentations

Joint Presentation to the Hispanic Law Student Association and the Energy Law Interest Group, Apr. 23, 2014, Lubbock, TX, Texas Tech School of Law (Presentation title: "¡Reforma Energética! Mexico’s Energy Reforms—from Monolithic State Empire to Target for International Investment?")

Sixth Annual Energy Symposium, Mar. 21, 2014, Ft. Worth, TX, Texas A&M School of Law (Panel title: “State and Federal Environmental Regulation of Oil & Gas”)

Permian Basin Oil & Gas Law, Feb. 28, 2014, Midland, TX, Live Oak CLE (Presentation title: “Seismic and Fracing Subsurface Trespass”)

65th Annual Oil & Gas Law Program, Feb. 19, 2014, Houston, Institute for Energy Law (Presentation title: “Recent Developments in Oil and Gas Law”)

Annual Case Law Update, Jan. 28, 2014, Houston, Houston Bar Association Oil & Gas Section (Presentation title: “Oil & Gas Case Law Update—2013”)

Energy Policy: Political, Legal and Economic Issues, Dec. 6–7, 2013, Property and Environmental Research Center, Big Sky, MT (Presentation title: “Permit This — Groundwater Rights and Permitting in Texas”)

Distinguished Lecture Series, Nov. 18, 2013, Austin, Texas, Center for Global Energy, International Arbitration, and Environmental Law (Presentation title: “Shake & Quake: Remote Sensing and Fracing Trespass”)

Energy Law Seminar Series, Nov. 8, 2013, Baton Rouge, LSU Mineral Law Institute (Presentation title: LiviNG in the USA: from Imports to Exports”)

Oil and Gas Law Annual Short Course, Oct. 22, 2013, Denver, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation (Presentation titles: “Division Orders and Check Stub Statutes” and “Royalty Responsibilities of Oil & Gas Leases”)

Advanced Oil, Gas, and Energy Resources Law Course, Oct. 3–4, 2013, TexasBarCLE, Houston (Presentation titles: “Executive Leasing and Development Rights and Duties Owed to Non-Leasing Interests”)

Scholar Exchange Program, Sep. 9, 2013, University of Oklahoma College of Law, Norman, OK (Presentation titles: “Over the Line! — Seismic and Fracturing and Trespass”)

How Should Hydraulic Fracturing be Regulated?, Apr. 19, 2013, New York City, Columbia Law School (Presentation title: “State Regulation of Onshore Unconventional Oil & Gas Development”)

Legal and Regulatory Issues on Hydraulic Fracturing, Mar. 29, 2013, Boise, University of Idaho School of Law 2013 Law Review Symposium (Presentation title: “Hydraulic Fracturing and the Common Law”)

Fifth Annual Energy Symposium, Mar. 22, 2013, Ft. Worth, TX, Texas Wesleyan School (Presentation title: “Updates in Texas Oil & Gas Case Law”)

Permian Basin Oil & Gas Law, Feb. 22, 2013, Midland, Texas, Live Oak CLE (Presentation title: “Executive Rights & Self-Development Right of Mineral Co-Tenants”)

Environmental Impacts of Oil & Gas Production, Jan. 25, 2013, San Antonio, TexasBar CLE and Texas Tech School of Law (Presentation titles: “Texas Legislative Regulatory Developments and General Tort Trends Related to Hydraulic Fracturing” and "The Federal Role in Regulating Hydraulic Fracturing")

Annual Case Law Update, Jan. 22, 2013, Houston, Houston Bar Association Oil & Gas Section (Presentation title: “Oil & Gas Case Law Update—2012”)

The Law and Policy of Hydraulic Fracturing—Addressing the Issues of the Natural Gas Boom, Nov. 16, 2012, Cleveland, OH, Case Western Reserve School of Law (Presentation title: “State Regulation of Hydraulic Fracturing: Issues and Trends”)

NSF-SFS Workshop on Educational Initiatives in Cybersecurity for Critical Infrastructure, Nov. 9, 2012, Lubbock, TX, Texas Tech University (Presentation title: “American Energy Property and Foreign Ownership, Control & Threats”)

Oil and Gas Law Annual Short Course, Oct. 18, 2012, Houston, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation (Presentation titles: “The Oil & Gas Lease: Defining the Royalty Obligation” and “Drilling Contracts”)

The Water-Energy Nexus: Acquisition, Use, and Disposal of Water for Energy and Mineral Development, Sep. 13-14, 2012, Denver, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation (Presentation title: “State Regulatory Issues”)

Shale Gas: Lessons and Implications of the American Experience for Europe, Sep. 7, 2012, Houston, Haynes and Boone, LLP (Presentation titles: “Basics of Shale Geology and Mechanics of Hydraulic Fracturing” & “The American Experience with Horizontal Well Hydraulic Fracture Completion”)

58th Annual Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Institute, Jul. 19-21, 2012, Newport Beach, CA, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation (Presentation title: “One Fracing Regulatory Scheme to Rule Them All—Where Are the States Going & Will the EPA Stop Them?”)

Oklahoma Bar Association Mineral Law Section Meeting, Mar. 8, 2012, Oklahoma City, (Presentation title: “(Some of) What Every Energy Lawyer Should Know about Geophysics + Thoughts on Trespass”)

Federalism and Energy in the United States, Mar. 1-2, 2012, Chicago, Northwestern University Law School (Presentation title: “If State Regulators Build the House We Want, Will the Feds Allow Us to Live in It?”)

Environmental Impacts of Oil and Gas Production, Jan. 13, 2012, Houston, State Bar of Texas and Texas Tech School of Law (co-sponsored). (Presentation Title: “2011 Texas Legislative Developments”)

Hydraulic Fracturing: Core Issues and Trends, Nov. 17, 2011, Denver, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation (Presentation title: “2011 Update on State Statutory, Regulatory and Litigation of Hydraulic Fracturing—Mid-Continent”)

Drilling Down on Regulatory Challenges: Balancing Preservation and Profitability in the Development of Shale Gas Resources, Oct. 28, 2011, Morgantown, WV, University of West Virginia School of Law (Presentation title: “Experience from Other Shale Regions—Texas and Oklahoma”)

Better Than Barnett: Legal and Regulatory Issues in the Eagle Ford Shale, Oct. 18, 2011, Houston, Haynes and Boone, LLP (Presentation title: “2011 Update on Core Issues and Trends in the Eagle Ford Shale”)

2nd Conference on the Law of Shale Plays, Sep. 7-8, 2011, Ft. Worth, TX, Institute for Energy Law of The Center for American and International Law (Presentation title: “State Legal and Regulatory Aspects of Hydraulic Fracturing”)

Moot Court

Coached Texas Tech School of Law Energy Moot Court Team. Texas Tech went on to win the 3rd Annual National Energy and Sustainability Moot Court Competition against 22 other schools, WVU School of Law, Morgantown, WV, Mar. 18, 2013.