62nd Annual Natural Resources Institute

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Come join us in Hot Springs, March 13-15, for the 62nd Natural Resources Institute Annual Conference in conjunction with 27th Environmental Law Annual Conference. 

The conference will be held at Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort. Natural Resources will have their section-specific track on Friday morning. The Arkansas Department of Energy and Environment will be presenting a joint session for both Natural Resources and Environmental Law on Thursday. There will also be a joint reception for both sections on Wednesday.

Register for both sessions and receive $100 discount!

Thank you to our sponsors!

Presenting Sponsor: EnergyWorks


Daily & Woods, PLLC

Hanna Oil & Gas Company

Hardin, Jesson & Terry, PLC

J. David Reynolds Company


Oxley Energy, LLC


Quattlebaum, Grooms, & Tull, PLLC

WCW Land Company



  • Daniel Pilkington, Attorney, Arkansas Department of Energy and Environment
    Patrick Hickey, Joseph Hickey P.A.
  • Forrest Stobaugh, PPGMR Law, PLLC

Wednesday March 13

1:00pm – 4:00pm:

Commissioners Meetings (if needed until 4pm)

5:00pm – 5:30pm:

Section Meeting

5:30pm – 7:30pm:

Joint Reception with Environmental Law

Thursday March 14 – Joint CLE with Environmental Law 

 4.0 hours incl. 1 Ethics

7:30am – 8:00am


8:00am – 8:30am 
Legislative Update 
• Lauren Ballard, Chief of Staff Arkansas Energy and Environment
• Mike McAlister, Deputy Chief Counsel at Arkansas Department of Energy and Environment
• Dan Pilkington, Attorney, Arkansas Department of Energy and Environment

8:30am – 9:00am 
AOGC Abandoned and Orphan Wells Program

• Gary Looney, Assistant Director (El Dorado Office) Oil and Gas Commission
• Andrea Hopkins, Associate Energy Administrator- Arkansas Department of Energy and Environment

10:00am – 10:15am

10:15am – 10:45am
Arkansas Infrastructure Strategic Investments (Opportunities under IIJA, IRA and CHIPS)
• Becky Keogh, State Infrastructure Coordinator, Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration 

10:45 – 11:45am
• Emily Abbott, Executive Director for the Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission

Friday March 15 - Natural Resources Only

4.0 CLE Hours

7:30am – 8:00am


8:00am – 9:00am
Recent Developments in Arkansas (and Beyond) --It’s Time for an Update
• Tom Daily, Daily & Woods Law

9:00am – 10:00am
Issues Surrounding Renewable Energy Development in Arkansas
• Patrick Hickey, Joseph Hickey, P.A.
• Walter McSpadden, Wright, Lindsey & Jennings LLP

10:00am – 10:15 am

10:15am – 10:45am
Partitioning Heirs Property
• Joel Hutcheson, Bell, Boyd & Jameson, PLLC

10:45am – 11:45am
Lithium, the New Frontier:  A Round-Up of Arkansas Brine Topics 
• Alan Perkins, PPGMR Law, PLLC

11:45am – 12:15pm
Mind the Gap: Pore Space Ownership in Arkansas 
• Forrest Stobaugh, PPGMR Law, PLLC



Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort
2705 Central Ave
Hot Springs, AR 71901
When:  Mar 13, 2024 from 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM (CT)