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LAW 6342: Issues in International & Domestic Oil & Gas Law: Non-Legal Sources

Prepared for Professor John S. Lowe’s Issues in International & Domestic Oil & Gas Law course, Dedman School of Law, Southern Methodist University (Fall 2022)

Statistics, Data, and Maps

  • U.S. Dept. of Energy, Energy Information Administration, Official Energy Statistics from the U.S. Government.
    • Provides an impressive range of energy statistics – current, historical, future – for the U.S. (national and individual states), other countries, and the world. 
    • Statistics cover topics such as energy production, consumption, prices, imports/exports, reserves, drilling, and much more.
  • British Petroleum. There is treasure trove of information available from the "Energy Economics" tab, such as the data-rich publications, Statistical Review of World Energy and Energy Outlook. The "energy charting tool and app" allows users to generate customizable reports concerning all types of energy, as well as geographically specific data, e.g., Venezuela's natural gas reserves and consumption. The custom reports can be downloaded for insertion into documents. Other multinational oil companies' websites offer similar reports and data.


  • Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN) ( Contains reports and model contract forms, which are free to AIPN members and available for purchase by non-members.

  • American Petroleum Institute (API) ( Some materials require subscription.

  • Energy & Mineral Law Foundation ( “A non-profit educational organization providing information on legal issues related to the energy and mineral industry through workshops, specialty programs, publications and electronic information.”

  • Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) ( Text of the "OECD Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions," links to national implementing legislation, commentary, news, OECD reports, and other publications. 

  • Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) ( Provides news, press releases, speeches, documents, and other publications.

  • Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation ( Contains information concerning RMMLF conferences, copies of the RMMLF newsletter, indexes to the RMMLF annual institute Proceedings, and more.

  • Web sites of major oil companies such as British Petroleum, Exxon, and Shell often provide useful publications and data.