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Native Gas And Storage Gas: Who Owns It?

Northern National Gas Company vs. Approximately 9117 Acres in Pratt, Camden and Reno Counties, Kansas shows the relationship between Kansas oil and gas law and the Kansas Underground Storage Act (KSA §55-1201 et seq)....more

Ministerial Might – ICAC Opens the Door for Increased Oversight of NSW Tenement Dealings

The New South Wales (NSW) Government has recently introduced the Mining and Petroleum Legislation Amendment Bill 2014 (NSW) (Bill) in the Legislative Assembly. The Bill proposes to amend the Mining Act 1992 (NSW) (Mining Act)...more

Oral Argument Recap: Ohio Supreme Court Considers Home Rule in Challenge to Zoning Ordinances Restricting Drilling

On Wednesday, the Ohio Supreme Court held oral argument to determine the scope of Ohio’s constitutional guarantee of municipal “home rule.” The case—brought by the city of Munroe Falls, Ohio against Beck Energy Corp. for...more

Mineral Matters - Winter 2014

Introduction - Welcome to the latest edition of Minerals Matters and a slightly belated Happy New Year to you all. No doubt as you read this the holiday season seems a long time ago, but hopefully you had the oppor...more

ONRR Plans Aggressive Enforcement of "Marketable Condition" Rule

New ONRR initiative sets presumptive costs of making gas marketable and will require lessees to affirmatively demonstrate costs that differ from ONRR assumptions. The Department of Interior, Office of Natural...more

Senator Landrieu Ready to Take Chair's Gavel on Powerful Senate Energy Committee: A Positive Outcome for the Oil and Gas Industry

Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) has confirmed today that she will take the position as Chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee as soon as next week. (See previous post dated December 31, 3013.)...more

Tanzania's Natural Gas Policy

The publication of Tanzania's first Natural Gas Policy (NGP) is seen as a significant moment in Tanzania's ascendance in the global energy industry. The ascendance has been propelled by major gas field discoveries in the last...more

Rumblings From A Louisiana Seismic Agreement

If the significance of a lawsuit can be gauged by the 23 lawyers and 10 firms identified in the opinion, Olympia Minerals, LLC, et al v. HS Resources, Inc., et al., is as noteworthy as Bush v. Gore, Brown v. Board of...more

On The Horizon — Renewable Energy In Asia: Taiwan

1. What are the driving factors for increasing renewable energy production in Taiwan? Taiwan relies on imports for more than 99 percent of its energy, which leaves the island’s energy supply vulnerable to external...more

Ohio Ways and Means Committee Receives Testimony on Horizontal Drilling Tax Proposal

On January 8 and 15, 2014 the Ohio House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee received testimony on House Bill 375 (“HB 375” or the “Bill”). The Bill, previously reported on this blog, would introduce a new tax on...more

Alberta Court Grants Six-Month Injunction Against Lubicon Blockade

On December 16, 2013, the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench granted a six-month injunction in favour of Penn West Petroleum Ltd., authorizing the RCMP to remove a road blockade erected by individuals associated with Bernard...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

Potential Amendments to the Kazakhstan Legal Regime for Exploration and Production of Oil and Gas

New amendments to the legal regime for exploration and production of oil and gas in Kazakhstan have been developed by a government working group. Affecting the Subsoil Use Law, the Code on Administrative Violations and...more

The Eyes of Texas are upon a Subsurface Trespass Case

The Texas Supreme Court is now poised to decide whether subsurface migration of fluids from an approved injection well may constitute an actionable trespass under Texas common law. Recently accepting a petition for review in...more

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Weighs in on Amendments to Pa. Oil and Gas Act

In a recent decision, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court held as unconstitutional several provisions in Act 13, which, in part, amended Pennsylvania's Oil and Gas Act to permit oil and gas operations in all zoning districts....more

Illinois Releases Proposed Hydraulic Fracturing Regulations

Nearly six months after passage of the much touted Illinois Hydraulic Fracturing Regulation Act (225 ILCS 732/1-1 et seq.) (the Act), the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) issued proposed regulations...more

Representatives Object To Exemption From Resource Extraction Rule Disclosures

Congress is working to reconcile differing versions of legislation to implement an Obama Administration deal with Mexico to develop oil and gas resources in the Gulf of Mexico. Three Democratic lawmakers recently wrote...more

The Oklahoma MLP Quarterly 3Q 2013

Colleagues and Friends, It is with great pleasure that we circulate to you the inaugural edition of T he Oklahoma MLP Quarterly — a publication focused on master limited partnerships, or MLPs, in our great state....more

Risk Service Structure Becomes a Little Less Risky for Russian Offshore Operations

The next wave of legislative developments with respect to offshore hydrocarbon production has just reached Russia. Starting with a recent introduction of legislation elaborating on requirements for financial security of...more

Development of Midstream Assets in Ohio Utica Shale Play

As we have reported before, some commentators have observed that one of the principal reasons for the slow pace of growth in the Ohio Utica shale play has been the lack of midstream assets in the region. Two major companies...more

South Africa Seeks Safety and Clarity with New Shale Gas Regulations

A sluggish economy, a desire to cut back on the use of coal-powered electricity, and a worldwide focus on new oil and gas recovery techniques have pushed the South African government to take steps toward diversifying its...more

Does Someone Else Own the Oil, Gas and Mineral Rights Under Your Home?

Reuters ran an interesting article on October 9, “Special Report: U.S. Builders Hoard Mineral Rights Under New Homes”, an excellent and comprehensive report describing a practice by some developers and homebuilders to...more

Study Shows Potential Significant Economic Impacts from Development of Shale Oil in the San Joaquin Valley

Economists at California State University, Fresno recently published a study on the current and future economic impacts of oil production from the Monterey Shale Formation (MSF) in the San Joaquin Valley. The study was...more

The Challenge of Monetizing Africa’s Mineral-rich Resources

Clement Fondufe is a partner at Latham & Watkins and the global Chair of the firm's Africa Practice. In this interview, he looks at some of the challenges facing foreign-owned companies operating in Africa’s mining, oil and...more

Mexico’s impending offshore oil boom

There are impending plans to potentially overhaul the Mexico’s oil industry. The government has unveiled a controversial bill, which seeks to make changes to the Constitution to allow the partnership of private companies and...more

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