By October 1, 2013, the North Carolina Mining and Energy Commission (“N.C. MEC”) must report its findings and recommendations for hydraulic fracturing to the Joint Legislative Commission on Energy Policy and the Environmental...more
February saw outgoing Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar respond to a joint letter by leaders of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee questioning Interior’s management of royalties from coal mined on federal...more
In a case pending in the Northern District of California, the Center for Biological Diversity and the Sierra Club recently urged a federal judge to rule that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) violated the National...more
Most people think of an oil and gas mineral “lease” as, so named, a lease. However, this common thinking is not necessarily accurate, both with respect to state and federal law and in particular in the bankruptcy courts in...more
Proposed changes to Pennsylvania’s Dormant Oil and Gas Act may lead to disputes over the validity of existing oil and gas leases. In Pennsylvania, it has been long understood that the oil and gas subsurface estate may be...more
The Second Circuit Court of Appeal has upheld a "judicial ascertainment" clause in a 1971 mineral lease, B.A. Kelly Land Co., LLC v. Questar Exploration & Prod. Co., 2012 WL 5503665 (Nov. 14, 2012). ...more
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