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Mineral Leases

An Unusual Way To Hold an Oil and Gas Lease

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Here is what we believe is an unusual situation: A gas unit is formed. The gas well ceases to produce. Another gas well produces from an oil unit, but the lease at issue is not included in the oil unit. Is the lease...more

Update: Oil & Gas Related Bills Introduced in the 2017-2018 Legislative Session

by Stoel Rives LLP on

Stoel Rives’ Oil & Gas Team has been monitoring bills introduced by California legislators since the beginning of the 2017-2018 Legislative Session. June 2, 2017 was the deadline by which the Legislature was required to pass...more

US considers Arctic offshore oil exploration

by PretiFlaherty on

U.S. regulators are evaluating an application by a company seeking to explore for oil in the Arctic. On June 12, the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management or BOEM announced that it had deemed Eni US Operating Co.'s...more

Louisiana Second Circuit Finds Holder of Mortgage Encumbering a Mineral Lease Solidarily Liable with Mineral Lessees for Damages...

by Liskow & Lewis on

In Gloria’s Ranch, L.L.C. v. Tauren Exploration, Inc., the Louisiana Second Circuit upheld a trial court’s ruling that the holder of a security interest in mineral leases was solidarily liable for damages under the Louisiana...more

Louisiana Second Circuit Provides Clarity on Production in Paying Quantities and Affirms Lease Cancellation Under Mineral Code...

by Liskow & Lewis on

On June 2, 2017 the Louisiana Second Circuit Court of Appeal affirmed a trial court’s judgment cancelling a mineral lease under Mineral Code article 140 and provided further clarity on a production in paying quantities...more

In A Usurpation Of Corporate Opportunity Case, The Texas Supreme Court Reversed A Constructive Trust Due To A Failure To Trace The...

by Winstead PC on

In Longview Energy Co. v. The Huff Energy Fund, LP, Longview Energy Company sued two of its directors and their affiliates after discovering one affiliate purchased mineral leases in an area where Longview had been...more

What Does Your Reservation Clause Mean?

by Locke Lord LLP on

Webb et al. v. Martinez (Tex. App. San Antonio) - On December 14, 2016, San Antonio’s Fourth Court of Appeals affirmed the trial court’s take-nothing summary judgment regarding a property dispute in favor of Martinez. Webb...more

Ozark Society Lacks Standing To Pursue Injunctive Relief

In Ouachita Watch League, et al., v. U.S. Forest Service, et al., decided May 30, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit dismissed for lack of jurisdiction an appeal of the District Court’s ruling that the plaintiff...more

West Virginia Court Pivots Toward Industry in Recent Post-Production Deduction Case

by McGuireWoods LLP on

A recent decision by the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals has called into question its own precedent on the permissibility of post-production deductions and the calculation of oil and natural gas royalties, reversing...more

Major Decision by the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals – Non-Participating Royalty Interest Owner Rights Clarified

On May 31, 2017, the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals issued a significant opinion regarding the clarification of rights for non-participating royalty interest owners (“NPRI”). In the opinion Gastar Exploration, Inc. v....more

Louisiana Forced Pooling – Timing is Important

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Trigger warning for Texas readers: This entry will discuss forced pooling. You may now retreat to your “safe space”, where “no guvment-sumbitch-bureaucrat can conspire with [name of large oil company] to steal my stripper...more

Texas Supreme Court Discusses Rights Conveyed by a Mineral Lease

The recent Lightning Oil Company v. Anadarko E&P Onshore, LLC F/K/A Andarko E&P Company, LP, decision of the Texas Supreme Court, which clarified the rights and obligations of owners of the surface property and the mineral...more

Drill on Through to the Other Side: No Trespass When Drilling Through Mineral Estate with Surface Use Agreement

by Blank Rome LLP on

Action Item: The Texas Supreme Court annunciated two critical points in Lightning Oil Co. v. Anadarko E&P Onshore: (1) unauthorized interference may be a trespass only when it impacts the mineral lessee’s ability to exercise...more

Texas Subsurface Trespass Law Clarified

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

We know that in Texas the mineral owner has the right to explore for and produce the minerals. What does that leave for the surface owner? In Lightning Oil Company v. Anadarko E&P Onshore, LLC the Texas Supreme Court tells us...more

Valuing Underground Natural Gas Storage in Eminent Domain Proceedings

by Nossaman LLP on

In California eminent domain proceedings, a property owner is entitled to the “fair market value” of the property being acquired. Typically, fair market value is determined by analyzing comparable sales or by utilizing an...more

U.S. Fifth Circuit Affirms Application of the Subsequent Purchaser Doctrine in Oilfield Contamination Case, Recognizes “Clear...

by Liskow & Lewis on

In Guilbeau v. Hess Corporation, the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously affirmed the application of Louisiana’s subsequent purchaser doctrine to bar a plaintiff’s claims for property damage resulting...more

Can Reworking a Saltwater Disposal Well Maintain a Lease?

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Should the sufficiency of reworking operations under the cessation-of-production clause of an oil and gas lease be limited to the producing well? Crystal River Oil and Gas, LLC et al v. Patton was a suit to terminate an oil...more

The Parol Evidence Rule at Work in a Mineral Transaction

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

A phrase currently in common usage begins with “‘cluster” and ends with a vulgarity that has been around for centuries. Saheid v. Kennedy presents facts that pretty much exemplify the meaning of the phrase...more

Does it Matter if a Deed Correction is Material?

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

McCabe Trust v. Ranger Energy LLC, is the consequence of failing to comply with the Texas Property Code when correcting real property conveyances....more

Ohio Dormant Mineral Act does not automatically transfer oil and gas mineral rights to surface owners

by Reminger Co., LPA on

In a trio of decisions dated Sept. 15, 2016, the Ohio Supreme Court clarified the provisions of Ohio’s Dormant Mineral Act (ODMA) as it applies to the rights of surface and oil and gas mineral rights owners. First and...more

Estimates from Common Metering System are Insufficient to Maintain Oil and Gas Lease

by Reminger Co., LPA on

Recently, the Seventh District Court of Appeals of Ohio in Joseph and Anna Lang v. Weis Drilling Company, et al., Slip Opinion No. 2016-Ohio-88213, held that estimates derived from a common metering system are insufficient to...more

Mineral Lease Prevails in Louisiana Royalty Dispute

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Prevails over what, you ask? In Gladney v. Anglo-Dutch Energy, LLC, a conditional allowable from the Office of Conservation didn’t supersede lease royalty obligations....more

Capouillez Case is a Warning to Non-Attorneys Representing Landowners in Gas Lease Negotiations

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

Since the first Marcellus Shale well was drilled in 2004, tens of thousands of oil and gas leases have been negotiated across Pennsylvania. Non-lawyers sometimes play a prominent role in the leasing process. Originally...more

Louisiana Third Circuit Addresses Payment of Royalties in Situations Involving Production Under a Mineral Lease Pursuant to a...

by Liskow & Lewis on

In Gladney v. Anglo-Dutch Energy, L.L.C., the Third Circuit addressed the question of whether or not a mineral lessee must pay its lessor full lease-basis royalties for production undertaken during the effective period of a...more

Draft Resource Management Plan Amendment Released for Central California Federal Lands

by Stoel Rives LLP on

On January 6, 2017, the federal Bureau of Land Management (“BLM”) issued a notice of Draft Resource Management Plan Amendment (“DRMP Amendment”) and Draft Environmental Impact Statement (“DEIS”) for oil and gas leasing and...more

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