Balancing Farm Success with Oil and Gas Growth (CAVS Center)


Date: April 30, 2019
Location/Building: CAVS Center
Address: 200 Research Blvd.
City: Starkville, MS 39759

Deadline to Register: April 20, 2019

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Call MSU-ES Center for Government and Community Development to Register - (662) 325-3141 or email Rachael Carter at

Tentative Agenda

9:00 am Registration Opens
9:15 am–10:00am What to Expect if Oil and Gas Activity Increases in Your Community — Martin Hegwood, MSU-ES and Ronn Killebrew, MDEQ
10:00 am–11:00am Understanding the Technology Surrounding Oil and Gas Drilling — David Cole, MSU, Department of Petroleum Engineering
11:00 am Break
11:15 am–12:00pm Baseline Water Testing and Environmental Regulations — Jason Barrett, MSU-ES and Duncan Welch, MSDH
1:15pm Safety Plan for Your Property and Community — Tom Ball, MSU-ES and Clifford Galey, Lincoln County EMS
1:45 pm Leasing and Mineral Rights — Travis Conner, Biggs, Ingram & Solop, Jackson, Mississippi
2:45 pm Q&A Sessions with MS Oil and Gas Board and Petroleum Landman Association — Jess New and Andrew Ueltschey


Martin Hegwood

Martin Hegwood

I was admitted to the Mississippi Bar in 1977 and entered practice with a law firm in Pascagoula. In 1980, I was named to the governor’s staff and acted as the state’s extradition hearing officer. Later, I became an independent oil and gas land man, and would go on to serve as assistant director of the American Petroleum Institute’s Mississippi office.

I was projects director for Mississippi’s Administrative Office of Courts, and I also served as Senior Attorney for the office of Secretary of State for sixteen years. I live in Canton, Mississippi, where I was the first director of the Canton Redevelopment Authority.

I live in Canton and am currently Assistant Extension Professor with the Center for Government and Community Development of Mississippi State University.

David Cole

David Cole

David Cole is an Instructor in Petroleum Engineering in the Swalm School of Chemical Engineering at Mississippi State University. He teaches a variety of courses including Drilling Engineering and Completion Design. Prior to coming to Mississippi State, he had a 34 year career in engineering and leadership positions with Shell Oil Company. During that time, he spent time in drilling, completion, and producing operations, research and technology, and as discipline leader for Production Engineering for Shell’s Western Hemisphere.

Mr. Cole has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Mississippi State and an M.S. in Petroleum Engineering from L.S.U. He is a registered professional Petroleum Engineer (Louisiana) and a Life Member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers. He served on two American Petroleum Institute standards-writing committees, including helping author API RP 100-1 Hydraulic Fracturing – Well Integrity and Fracture Containment.

Jason Barrett

Dr. Jason Barrett

Dr. Jason R. Barrett is originally from Bobo, MS, a small farming community south of Clarksdale, MS. He now resides in Starkville, MS where he began his Mississippi State University Extension career as a graduate assistant in the Food and Fiber Center. Dr. Barrett went on to work for the Agricultural Economics Department as an Extension Associate and furthered his career as an Extension Instructor with the Center for Government and Community Development (GCD). At the GCD, Dr. Barrett is an Assistant Extension Professor where he specializes in public utilities (water and wastewater), private well education and screening, and leading the Mississippi Well Owner Network. Other research interests include the finance and economic development factors associated with water and waste water utilities.

Dr. Barrett is a certified water and wastewater operator in the state of Mississippi. In 2016 and 2017, he served as the Educational Chairman for the Alabama/Mississippi Section of American Water Works Association (AL/MS AWWA). After being elected to the board of the AL/MS AWWA at the 2017 Annual Conference in Point Clear, Alabama, Dr. Barrett will serve a five year commitment until he is Chairman in 2021. In 2017, Dr. Barrett was elected to the board of the Mississippi Association of County Agricultural Agents (MACAA) as the 2nd Vice President and will serve as President in 2020. From 2009 to 2017, Dr. Barrett served as the Kappa Alpha Order Providence Commander which is a national advisory council for the collegiate fraternity. In 2015, he was elected to serve on the Division of Agriculture, Forestry, and Veterinary Medicine (DAFVM) Faculty Senate where he served as Vice Chair in 2016-2017 academic year and as the Chairman for the 2017-2018 academic year. He was elected to serve on the Mississippi State University Robert Holland Faculty Senate for a three year term beginning in August 2018.

Ronn Killebrew

Ronn Killebrew is the Branch Chief of the Certification & Compliance Branch in the Office of Land & Water Resources at the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality. He obtained a degree in engineering from Mississippi State University and is licensed as a Professional Engineer. In 2013 he was board certified by the American Academy of Environmental Engineers.


Andrew Ueltschey

Born and raised in Jackson, MS, Andrew Ueltschey was first introduced to the oil and gas business while still in high school. He continued working as an abstractor throughout his time at Mississippi State by working part time and summers while pursuing an International Business major.

Upon graduation, Andrew was awarded an internship with the Office of the United States Trade Representative in Washington, DC. He left Washington to run a title crew for a prospect in North Alabama. He has been working full time as an oil and gas landman since September, 2007.

Andrew has since worked prospects in Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, Arizona, and Pennsylvania with duties that included abstracting title, title curative, managing title crew, gathering surveys for a seismic shoot, buying leases, purchasing ROW, working with community leaders and engineers, and providing clients with regular reports of competitor's actions.

Andrew has been a member of the AAPL and the MAPL since 2012 and served on the board for the MAPL in several capacities as well as on the membership committee of the American Association of Professional Landmen. He is a Certified Professional Landman (CPL) as recognized by the American Association of Professional Landmen. Since June 2014, he has worked as the Land Manager of Hughes Eastern Corporation. His duties are widespread from division order analysis, landowner relations, managing land crews, negotiating leases and farmouts and everything in between.

Andrew resides in Jackson with his wife, Eliza, and their two children, Thomas (4) and Elsie (2).

Travis Conner

Travis Conner

Primary Practice Areas
Oil & Gas – Energy Law & Related Administrative Hearings
Government Relations
Licensure and Certification/Professional License Discipline Real Estate Transactions & Development
Wills & Estates

Practice Description
Travis concentrates his practice in the areas of Estates, Real Estate and Oil and Gas/Exploration and Regulatory Matters.

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Slater Smith

Slater Smith

Slater Smith works as an Environmental Engineer in the Air I Branch of the Environmental Permits Division at the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality. Slater oversees air permitting for chemical, agricultural, and energy facilities across Mississippi. Slater began his environmental engineering career at MDEQ in 2015 after graduating from Mississippi State University with a B.S. in Biological Engineering. Slater is currently pursuing a Master of Engineering Degree from Mississippi State through the Center for Distance Education. In his free time, Slater enjoys spending time with his wife, camping, hiking, and running.

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