Mineral Leases

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Rural Nevada Anti-Fracking Group Seeks to Enjoin Oil and Gas Lease Sale

Reese River Basin Citizens Against Fracking filed a complaint in federal court on June 27, seeking to enjoin the United States Bureau of Land Management (BLM) from holding an oil and gas lease sale. The rural group is...more

Fracking Alert: Home Rule Prevails In New York's Highest Court

On Monday, New York’s Court of Appeals, its highest court, upheld the power of municipalities to prohibit hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) within their boundaries....more

Texas Supreme Court Holds Cost to Remove Carbon Dioxide Injected in Enhanced Recovery Operations Is Properly Deductible from...

On June 27, the Supreme Court of Texas issued an opinion in Marcia Fuller French, et al v. Occidental Permian Ltd., No 12-002 (Tex. June 27, 2014), a case closely followed by the oil and gas industry. In its unanimous...more

Texas Supreme Court weekly orders (6/14)

In its order list for June 20, 2014, the Texas Supreme Court issued opinions in eight cases and granted review in one case. In this post, I will summarize the opinions in four cases, and also describe the case in which the...more

Offshore Acres and Leases Up for Grabs in the Atlantic Coast and Gulf Region

As a part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan to promote American leadership in renewable energy, and coupled with the Interior’s “Smart from the Start” wind energy initiative for the Atlantic Coast, the Interior has...more

B.C. Supreme Court Sets Aside B.C. Surface Rights Board Rent Review

In reasons released on May 30, 2014, the B.C. Supreme Court set aside the B.C. Surface Rights Board’s compensation award to a landowner in northern B.C. and remitted the case back to the Board for reconsideration: Progress...more

6th Circuit Win in Oil and Gas Lease Dispute

On June 6, 2014, the Sixth Circuit affirmed the district court’s entry of summary judgment in favor of Chesapeake Appalachia, L.L.C. in Eastham v. Chesapeake Appalachia, L.L.C., Case No. 13-4233. This is the first appellate...more

What Is Required For Gas To Be A Marketable Product In Oklahoma?

This article discusses the case law in Oklahoma giving rise to the question of what is required for gas to be a marketable product, the differing view of royalty owners and producers on that question, the uncertainties under...more

Hydraulic Fracturing Land Lease Negotiations - Energy Company and Landowner Rights

The objective of this presentation is to provide an overview of the main issues and documents related to the challenges confronting mineral owners in the negotiation of contracts with energy companies. In addition the paper...more

Post-Production Issues and Oil & Gas Leases

So your oil and gas lease has now converted from the primary term to the secondary term – now what? There are several issues that a landowner or mineral interest owner should be aware of at this stage of the lease. ...more

Ninth Circuit Reverses NEPA Approval of an Oil and Gas Lease in the Chukchi Sea

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) of the Department of Interior sought to lease approximately 30 million acres of federal land in the Chukchi Sea for oil and gas development, but, according to a recent decision by...more

“Houston, We May Have a Problem!” — Surface Owner Who Put up “Roadblock” to Oil Driller’s Use of Property to Service Wells in a...

The Texas Supreme Court’s anticipated ruling in the case of Key Operating Equipment Inc. v. Will Hegar and Loree Hegar could significantly impact the ability of oil and gas producers to gain access to wells that are part of...more

Default Notices and Freehold Leases: Take Two

There may be a sign that last year’s dire consequences for a freehold oil and gas lessee who does not quickly respond to a default notice by commencing legal proceedings may be moderating somewhat, at least in certain...more

Louisiana Court of Appeal Rejects Plaintiff's Attempt to Join Claims of Contamination of Separate Parcels with Different Lessees...

The Third Circuit Court of Appeal in Louisiana issued an opinion on December 11, 2013, that may have a profound impact on litigation related to contamination from historic oil and gas exploration and production operations in...more

Royalties from Horizontal Well Should Be Allocated Based on Productive Portion of Well, Not Its Entire Length

On December 20, 2013, the San Antonio Court of Appeals issued a decision concerning the proper construction of a contract used to allocate royalties from a horizontal well that traverses two separate properties. The decision,...more

Third Circuit Remands Marcellus Shale Case Based on the Class Action Fairness Act's Local Controversy Exception

The Third Circuit recently clarified the home state and local controversy exceptions to the Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA), remanding proceedings in a case involving Marcellus Shale oil and gas leases to a Pennsylvania...more

A Favored-Nations Clause Gone Awry

Oh, how a simple Favored-Nations clause in an oil and gas lease can get complicated, with large financial consequences! In BP America Production Company v. Zaffirini, BP paid Solis a $1,300 per acre bonus for a lease covering...more

Haynesville Shale Fraud Judgment Reversed

Vestiges of the early Haynesville Shale land rush remain. Imagine: The lease is about to expire. Lessee (Mecom) offers lessor (Henderson) $90 per acre for an extension, telling him, “I could extend for two more years...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

6th Circuit Backs Chesapeake In Ohio Gas Lease Fight

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last week that Ohio landowners do not have a contractual right to terminate their oil and gas leases with Chesapeake Exploration LLC based on Chesapeake’s failure to match third-party...more

Capital Infusion: The Necessity for Expanding Due Diligence in Oil & Gas Exploration & Production Deals

The exploration and production, or “E&P” segment of the domestic energy business is booming, particularly the unconventional oil plays in South Texas, West Texas, Pennsylvania, North Dakota and the Rocky Mountain region....more

Federal Court Holds that an Eastern Ohio Oil and Gas Lease Expired before Drilling in a Potentially Costly Ruling

In a recent case, Cameron v. Hess Corporation, Case No. 2:12-CV-00168 (September 24, 2013), the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio held that an eastern Ohio oil and gas lease entered into by Hess...more

Reseeding With Native Grasses After Operations – Keeping The Eagle Ford Native

How is a producer to deal with a demanding and formidable lessor’s insistence on stringent surface protection? How about demands from environmental groups and government entities?...more

Oil & Gas Lessees Retain Important Rights in W.Va.

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals’ recent decision in Whiteman v. Chesapeake Appalachia, LLC, affirms the right of a mineral estate lessee to construct impoundments for the disposal of drilling mud, drill cuttings, and...more

Federal Courts Issue Significant Rulings Affecting Lease Extensions, Surface Uses for Natural Gas Production in West Virginia

Federal courts have issued two notable rulings recently that may have implications for other pending disputes in West Virginia, and could affect future lease negotiations between natural gas owners and producers. These...more

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