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Katharine Harrell brings industry expertise to the classroom.
It’s no secret the oil and gas business is a thriving industry in West Texas. With such a pivotal movement in our region, it’s important that UTPB students have the opportunity to learn from experts in the field.

That’s where Katharine Harrell steps in.

Katharine is the Program Coordinator for the UTPB Energy Land Management program and oversees the Business Law classes. Originally from rural southwest Louisiana, Katharine’s love for law and the energy industry is what brought her to the Permian Basin.

Harrell has been a member of the Texas Bar since 2007 and is a member of both the American Association of Professional Landmen and the Permian Basin Landmen’s Association. With her skills and expertise, she now introduces and connects our Energy Land Management students to the energy industry.

“I’ve spent my entire career in both the land and legal areas of the energy industry. I was working in the energy industry in the Permian Basin up until I began as a full-time faculty member at UTPB,” Harrell said.

Katharine shared her professional knowledge and expertise at the first-ever Women in Energy Institute where she was invited to be a presenter at the event.

“It was a wonderful experience. The Women in Energy Institute is a really great place to have women in our industry gather with peers, learn from each other, network, and share our experiences. A large part of the discussion focused on mentorship, which is so important for women in the industry.”

The title of her presentation was ‘Negotiating in the Gray Zone: Potential Liability Concerns with Carbon Sequestration Agreements.’

“With the arrival of new and exciting technologies, as well as tax incentives, we are in a position where the corresponding law regarding CCUS is still emerging. There are many energy professionals that are in a position where they are being asked to negotiate agreements regarding carbon capture and sequestration right now, as the law is still developing.”

Katharine says that she’s always enjoyed being part of the energy business.

“The people that I have worked with or encountered over the years are a very talented group of professionals. There are always new case laws coming out and changing technology that keeps this industry forever evolving and interesting. This is also an industry full of colorful characters, so there’s never a dull moment and the stories are always good.”

UTPB is proud to have an innovative and inspiring professional in the industry and at our university!

Learn more about our Energy Land Management program.