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Listen to the Words In the Injunction Battle

In Lightning Oil Company v. Anadarko E&P Offshore, LLC, the surface and 1/6 of the minerals of the Chaparral Wildlife Management Area is owned by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. 5/6th of the minerals is owned by the...more

Benesch Shale Industry Report Quarterly Summary - Q3 2014

In this Issue: - Top Issues and Considerations - Shale Industry Moves - Ohio Shale Infrastructure - Government - Excerpt from Shale Industry Moves: E&P – Overview for Ohio...more

Energy Newsletter - October 2014

In This Issue: - Mexico's New E&P Contracts - Electricity Reform in Mexico: New Opportunities and Roles - New Licence Terms Promoting Unconventional Exploration and Production are Introduced for the UK's 14th...more

A Focus on Energy: M&A Trends in the Energy Sector [Video]

Houston-based Latham & Watkins partner Robin Fredrickson talks about M&A trends in the energy sector....more

News Media Touts “Findings” of New Study on Fracking Wells Leaks, But Fails to Recognize Limitations of Data

New unconventional fracking wells leak far more than older traditional gas wells, says a smattering of news media outlets reviewing a new study released by the Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences on June 30, 2014. ...more

Courts Address Important Questions About Allocation Wells in Texas

The relatively recent drilling of horizontal wells continues to challenge settled Texas oil and gas law in several significant respects. Most recently, Texas courts have been faced with two important issues: (1) the legality...more

The Accommodation Doctrine Revisited: A Question of "Fairness to Both Parties"

As Texas holds tight to its position as the nation's number one oil and natural gas producing state, the Texas Supreme Court's decision to revisit the over forty-year-old accommodation doctrine, which requires oil and gas...more

Producers Investing Heavily in Denver-Julesburg Basin

The Denver-Julesburg (DJ) Basin, which covers northeastern Colorado and parts of Wyoming, Nebraska, and Kansas, is expected to continue as a booming oil and gas play into 2014 and beyond. In 2012, increased drilling in the...more

Forced Pooling in Pennsylvania

During its 2013 Session, the Pennsylvania legislature passed and Governor Tom Corbett signed into law Senate Bill 259, which has since become known as Act 66. Much of Act 66 deals with disclosure of deductions and other...more

AAPL To Issue Revised Form 610-1989 Model Form Operating Agreement To Address Horizontal Wells

The American Association of Professional Landmen is expected to release a revised Form 610-1989 Model Form Operating Agreement within the next few days. It is our understanding that the revised Form will include language...more

New Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission Setback Rules Likely to Increase Backlog of Permit Applications

On August 1, 2013, the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission adopted new setback regulations that threaten to increase the backlog of permit applications at the Commission....more

What’s Up with Noise, Light, Dust and Volatile Organic Compounds?

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (“DEP”) released its report to the West Virginia Legislature in May on the study of “noise, light, dust and volatile organic compounds generated by the drilling of...more

Legislative Update: Pa. Passes Oil and Gas Lease Act Share

On July 9, 2013, Governor Corbett signed the Oil and Gas Lease Act, Senate Bill No. 259 of 2013 (the "Act"), which amends Pennsylvania's Guaranteed Minimum Royalty Act....more

The Shale Play Today - May 2013

In This Issue: - Finally -- Rules Governing W.Va. Horizontal Well Development - N.Y. Appellate Court: Municipalities Can Ban O&G Activity - Fracking Nearly Doubles Ohio Oil & Natural Gas Output - Excerpt...more

WVDEP Hires New Oil and Gas Employees

One of the provisions of the West Virginia Horizontal Well Control Act passed in December 2011 increased the permit fees for horizontal wells from $400 to $10,000. At the time this legislation was under consideration, West...more

Ohio Governor Relaunches Severance Tax Plan In Budget Proposal

Yesterday Ohio Governor John Kasich unveiled his proposed budget for fiscal years 2014 and 2015 at an hour-long press conference. The Governor’s proposal, a summary of which can be found here, contained a comprehensive plan...more

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