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After a Central Valley county cancelled Williamson Act contracts on ranchland to make way for a solar energy plant, several environmental groups sued challenging the County’s decision. The trial court found against the...more
Learn more about the major issues currently going on in Texas related to surface water. This article was initially published on the Texas Agriculture Law Blog at http://agrilife.org/texasaglaw ...more
This article outlines the basics of surface water law in Texas.
*This was first published on the Texas Agriculture Law Blog at http://agrilife.org/texasaglaw . ...more
Devon Energy Corporation has filed an application for interlocutory appeal with the New Mexico Court of Appeals. If accepted, the Court of Appeals will likely determine whether New Mexico recognizes the "Marketable Condition...more
A recent Texas appellate court decision outlines the mechanics of a "most favored nations clause" in an oil and gas lease. These clauses require that a mineral lessor treat the lessee as well as any other lessee in a defined...more
In Texas, surface owners are often surprised to learn that mineral owners who lease the mineral rights to an oil company grant that company the right to various uses of the surface estate. In these situations, the surface...more
The Texas Supreme Court recently outlined the parameters of the accommodation doctrine as it applied when oil companies are granted the implied right to enter and utilize a surface estate in order to drill for and produce oil...more
This article provides a summary of the water-related bills considered by the 2013 Texas Legislature.
*This article was originally posted on the Texas Agriculture Law Blog: http://agrilife.org/texasaglaw ....more
On August 21, 2012, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals issued an opinion affirming the decision of the United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois to exclude the testimony of the landowners' expert in...more
This amicus brief, filed by Tiffany Dowell and Jesse J. Richardson, Jr., was filed on behalf of 17 nationwide clients in support of the constitutionality of New Mexico's domestic well statute. This brief discusses the prior...more
After a lengthy delay, characterized by some as "absurd," the EPA's 2002 amendments to the Oil Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) rules look like they will finally go into effect for most of the regulatory...more