Buford Pollett - Faculty & Adjuncts

Buford Pollett, JD

Buford Pollett, JD
Genave King Rogers Assistant Professor of Energy Law
College of Business
Energy Economics, Policy and Commerce
918-631-3641 Helmerich Hall Room 201B


Master of International Business in Management – Pepperdine University MS – University of Georgia JD – Loyola University School of Law BS – University of Georgia


Buford Boyd Pollett is a Texas Licensed Attorney and Geoscientist, a licensed attorney in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Georgia, and a proctor in maritime law.
His energy experience includes work with Eni (the Italian Energy Company), Wilson Offshore & Marine, McDermott, Technip, Entergy, Amoco, Texaco, Nabors, and a Shell-Exxon joint venture in Germany (BEB Erdgas und Erdöl). He has a MS/BS in Geology from the University of Georgia, a Master in International Business Management from Pepperdine University and a Juris Doctor degree from Loyola University School of Law, New Orleans.
During his career, he has worked on the following projects:
United States
Eni Nikaitchuq, BP Atlantis, Williams Devils Tower, BP Holstein, BP King West, BP Mad Dog, Chevron/Total Matterhorn, Shell Na Kika, Kerr McGee Navajo, Kerr McGee Red Hawk, Mariner Swordfish, ENI K2, Dominion Triton/Goldfinger, Kerr McGee Ticonderoga
West Africa
Total Pazflor, Total Usan, Murphy Azurite, Shell Bonny Island Train 7, Esso Kizomba C, Agip ABO Extension Project, MEGI Ekanga and Zafiro, Vaalco Avouma, Sonangol Gimboa
Middle East/Asia
Eni Zubair, Shell Stones, Eni Kashagan, Exxon Mobil AKG-2, Reliance Offshore Facilities_KGD6

Research Interests

Developing an energy law focused research program
Through our coordinated efforts with stakeholders, we have leveraged our efforts at the School of Energy Economics, Policy and Commerce in developing research program that is ahead places our university and college at the forefront of energy development, for example:
Decommissioning and Abandonment
Sustainability remains a critical element of the social license to operate for participants in the energy sector. As part of these sustainability efforts, energy companies must properly dispose of their energy assets at the end of the asset’s life cycle. In the oil and gas sector, there are thousands of oil and gas wells in the United States and substantially more wells globally that must be properly abandoned in accordance with the appropriate regulatory and technical requirements. These efforts will need the regulatory, technical and financial support to properly carry out these decommissioning and abandonment activities. Due our research and efforts on the subject, the Plugging & Abandonment Collaborative Environment (PACE) invited The University of Tulsa as the first academic institution (See https://pace-network.com/members/) to join this new industry network promoting collaboration on plugging & abandonment within the oil and gas industry. In fact at The University of Tulsa, we organized and hosted PACE members from across the globe and local regulators for a two-day that further increased awareness of the decommissioning and abandoned regulations and created a better understanding capabilities new and proven technology. Since joining PACE, I have been The University of Tulsa’s representative in PACE.
In addition, I have also made presentations and written published papers on the topic of decommissioning and abandonment. I made presentations on this topic at an event hosted by the Brazil-Texas Chamber of Commerce Roundtable in Houston, Texas and the PACE meeting in Aberdeen, Scotland. Likewise the peer reviewed international law journal Oil, Gas & Energy Law Intelligence published an article I wrote on the topic entitled U.S. Offshore Regulatory Policies in Abandonment and Decommissioning. Similarly, the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) proceeds published my paper Well Abandonment and Decommissioning Challenges in the peer reviewed conference proceeds.
Energy Transition
Natural gas remains a critical part of the U.S strategy during the energy transition. As a result, I published the paper entitled The Impact of the Interface of Regulatory Jurisdictional Issues on the Life Cycle of Natural Gas Pipelines in the United States of America the peer reviewed international law journal Oil, Gas & Energy Law Intelligence. Similarly, we are working with The University of Tulsa, Continuing Education for Science & Engineering center to launch a series of online workshops on this topic later this year.
Renewable Energy
Following our involvement in the AWEA Offshore WINDPOWER 2017 Conference in New York, NY, I was invited to join the AWEA Standards Development Group specially the Wind Technical Standards Committee (WTSC) to development and industry acceptance of US Wind Energy standards while resolving discrepancies between US Standards and Internationally accepted Standards. Our working includes a broad spectrum of stakeholders including federal regulators as we focus on offshore facility standards. Our subcommittee has the following working groups:
Floating Offshore Working GroupGeotech and Geophysical Offshore Working GroupMetocean Offshore Working GroupOCRP 2012 Maintenance Offshore Working GroupSubmarine Cables Offshore Working GroupAs part of WTSC, I am a member of the Floating Offshore Working Group and also the Floating Offshore Working Group’s liaison to the Geotech and Geophysical Offshore Working Group. We are working diligently to finalize our deliverables this fiscal year so our nascent U.S. offshore wind energy industry can utilize these standards on the critical and upcoming offshore wind industry projects kicking off in the very near term.
Similarly, I have endeavored to transfer my expertise in the wind industry to the local communities in Oklahoma. For example, I made a presentation to the Tulsa County Bar Association Energy and Minerals on the topic of Survey of Some Select Wind Energy Legal Issues in the United States.
Access to critical and accurate information for stakeholders to fully understand the opportunities and risks in the energy industry. Solar energy is a sector within the energy industry where the balance of information is at a high level of inequity. Parties involved in petroleum sector and the wind sector transaction often involve very sophisticated parties with experience and expertise available to support the parties involved in petroleum and wind sector transitions.
However, landowners and local communities involved in solar transactions generally have limited access to the critical information needed to make informed decisions as compared to the solar farm developers. As a result, we organize solar energy workshops and training for landowners and technical schools. Similarly, we are currently working with the Oklahoma Solar Association to conduct solar energy workshops and training for landowners and technical schools in Oklahoma. These workshops provide a critical avenue for the information transfer needed by landowners and their local communities to more fully benefit from the growth of the solar industry going forward, build long-term relationships, and attract students to our energy programs.

Teaching Interests

Business Law
Commercial Transactions
Energy Policy and Sustainability
Energy Transactions, Regulations, and Compliance
Energy Transition
Maritime and Shipping Insurance
Real Property
Oil and Gas Law
Solar Energy Law
Wind Energy Law
Geothermal Energy Law
Critical Minerals and Rare Earths Supply Chain
Energy Storage Leases and Easement Agreements


Journal Articles

  • Pollett , B. Risk-Based Offshore Decommissioning Standards and Regulations. Offshore Technology Conference, 2020, p. 5.
  • Pollett , B. “The Impact of the Interface of Regulatory Jurisdictional Issues on the Life Cycle of Natural Gas Pipelines in the United States of America”. OGEL Call for Papers: Special Issue on “Natural Gas Pipeline Construction and Regulation”, Oil, Gas & Energy Law, 2019.
  • Pollett , B. Lessons Learned from the Energy Activities in the Gulf of Mexico Region As a Guide for Accelerating and Financing Energy Activities in the Atlantic Region During the Energy Transition. Skip navigation Oil, Gas & Energy Law.
  • Pollett , B. Extra Time? Extra Money? : An Examination of Timely Performance and Compensation Issues under the Doctrines of Force Majeure, Frustration, Impossibility, and Hardship in Construction and Energy Contracts. Transnational Dispute Management.
  • Pollett, Buford. “U.S. Offshore Regulatory Policies in Abandonment and Decommissioning.” Oil, Gas & Energy Law (2018): n. pag. Print.

Conference Proceedings

  • Seth Michael Pinnoo The University of Tulsa , Nicole Rita Hart-Wagoner Blade Energy Partners, Buford Pollett The University of Tulsa, Robert Pilko, Blade Energy Partners, Jingyi Chen, The University of Tulsa
    Advancing Geothermal Energy Exploration, Offshore Technology Conference 2012 Proceedings, paper number OTC-32109-MS

  • Buford Boyd Pollett, The University of Tulsa, Well Abandonment and Decommissioning Challenges –Outline of the U.S. Federal Offshore Legal Framework, Offshore Technology Conference 2017 Proceedings, paper number OTC-27948-MS.

  • Pollett, Buford. “Managing Risk in the Offshore Industry in the New Millennium.” Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) Proceedings. Society of Petroleum Engineers, 2008. Print.

  • Pollett, Buford. “International Offshore Technology Transfers: Successful Innovation through Global Collaborations for Mutual Benefit.” Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) Proceedings. Society of Petroleum Engineers, 2007. Print.

  • Pollett, Buford. “In New Horizons and New Depths: Where Are the Ethical Boundaries and Potential Liabilities Facing the Offshore Energy Industry.” Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) Proceedings. Society of Petroleum Engineers, 2006. Print.


  • Pollett, Buford. “Survey of the Gulf of Mexico Indemnity and Insurance Legal Framework.” (2003): 122. Print.

Journal Article Reviews

  • Pollett , B. Financial Security for Decommissioning Offshore Renewable Energy Installations in UK Waters: Trouble on the Horizon.
  • Pollett, Buford. “The Fiscal Provisions on Existing Legal Frameworks Governing the Oil Sector in the Republic of South Sudan.” I reviewed a paper submitted for publication 2018: n. pag. Print.

Courses Taught

  • Commercial Transactions
  • Energy Transactions in the International Arena
  • Legal and Regulatory Environment of the Energy Industry
  • Oil, Gas and Environmental Law
  • Petroleum and Sedimentary Geology For Energy Management
  • Real Property
  • Business Law for Entrepreneurs
  • Legal Environment of Business
  • Wind Energy Law
  • Energy Policy and Sustainability
  • Perspectives in Energy Business
  • Energy Transactions in theýInternational Arena

Professional Affiliations

  • Oklahoma Solar Association
  • Sustainable Tulsa
  • Energy Bar Association
  • Georgia Solar Energy Association
  • Pipe Liners Club of Tulsa
  • Association of International Petroleum Negotiators
  • American Association of Petroleum Geologists
  • Offshore Technology Conference Program Committee
  • Maritime Law Association
  • US Federal Court, Southern District, Texas
  • Tulsa Bar Association
  • American Association of Professional Landmen
  • American Wind Energy Association
  • Tulsa Association of Professional Landmen

Awards & Honors

  • “Most Valuable Professor” award
  • Nominee for the 2019 Collins College of Business Excellence in Teaching Award