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Exploring North American oil with Thomson Reuters

Energy industry experts and customers gathered in Houston and Calgary to explore a range of North American oil topics at the annual Thomson Reuters Oil Forum Series. Here are some of the main talking points....more

An Indemnity Agreement Means What it Says

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

We are reminded in Claybar v. Samson Exploration that a court will (if it’s doing its job) enforce an agreement according to what it actually says, not by that which one party or the other would have liked it to say or...more

Trump administration: "Critical Minerals" could spur U.S. mining activity

by Hogan Lovells on

Recent actions by the Trump administration have focused on encouraging U.S. based development of identified “Critical Minerals,” which could lead to significant policy changes designed to invigorate domestic mining activity....more

The South African mining industry is changing, and that's a fact

by Hogan Lovells on

2017 was another tempestuous year for the South African mining and natural resources sector. The sector was disrupted by a range of changes and uncertainties, including the publication of the Reviewed Broad-Based Black...more

Investor Incentives in Focus as Cameroon Launches Oil and Gas Bidding

by Jones Day on

The Situation: Cameroon has announced a bidding process pertaining to licensing rights for oil and gas blocks located in the Rio del Rey and Douala/Kribi-Campo Basins. The Development: The oil and gas rights include a...more

Landman Defeated By The Statute Of Frauds

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Proving once again that gratitude is the rarest of human emotions, a contract between a landman and his client was deemed unenforceable, leaving the landman with nothing, even though he actually secured oil and gas leases for...more

Mining Initial Public Offering Checklist

by Bennett Jones LLP on

Canada’s world leading mining capital markets offer a wealth of opportunity, with their access to local and global natural resources, finance opportunities for companies at all stages, and sophisticated technical know-how....more

Updated Survey of Texas Law on Horizontal Drilling and Subsurface Trespass

by BakerHostetler on

Recent Texas opinions have clarified the rights and obligations of those constructing long lateral wells through horizontal drilling. BakerHostetler has updated its earlier survey of Texas law on horizontal...more

An Oil and Gas Case to Expect From Louisiana, and Another From Texas

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Anyone seeking stability in the law governing E&P activities in Louisiana will view the lower court decision as a grave error that must be corrected. Virtually every mortgage provides safeguards to protect collateral and...more

Ohio Supreme Court refuses to recognize an implied covenant to explore further

by Bricker & Eckler LLP on

On January 3, 2018, the Supreme Court of Ohio issued an opinion in Alford v. Collins-McGregor Operating Co., Slip Opinion No. 2018–Ohio–8, affirming the dismissal of the landowners’ complaint for failure to state a claim upon...more

2017’s Bad Guys in Energy

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Once again we look back at the continuing cavalcade of crooks, criminals, miscreants and, to put it kindly, morons the less intellectually gifted, who met justice face-to-face in 2017. This year’s class includes a preacher,...more

In the Chaos of (Trade) War, Where Does Your Company Find Peace?

On July 27, 2017, the U.S. Congress sent to President Trump’s desk a bill that imposes new financial sanctions against Russia, Iran, and North Korea. It appears nearly certain that the president will sign that bill, now...more

Quebec Court Rules on the Role of Social Acceptability in the Project Approval Process

On June 21, 2017, the Superior Court of Québec (Court) ruled against Ressources Strateco inc. (Strateco) in a decision that addresses the issue of social acceptability in the context of project approvals in Northern...more

Blame Game Fails Louisiana Casing Vendor

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

There’s no better place in the oil patch to play the blame game than 10,000 feet of leaky wellbore. What went wrong? In Justiss v. Oil Country Tubular Corporation, Justiss, a drilling contractor, entered into an IADC...more

Texas Mineral Deeds Survive the Statute of Frauds

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

According to Mr. Bumble, the law is an ass. I disagree (Know a lawyer who’s an ass? That’s another conversation). In Davis v. Mueller the law was not an ass, per se, but as applied by the Texas Supreme Court it showed little...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

SDNY District Court Upholds Rejection of Mineral Gathering Agreements

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The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, in the case of HPIP Gonzalez Holding, LLC v. Sabine Oil & Gas Corp. (In re Sabine Oil & Gas Corp.), recently affirmed three decisions of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court...more

Budget 2017: Changes to Canadian Exploration Expense and Flow-Through Shares

by Bennett Jones LLP on

Canadian exploration expenses (CEE) are certain types of expenses incurred by oil and gas, mining and renewable energy corporations. CEE is 100 percent deductible in the year the expense is incurred. Certain types of CEE also...more

Idaho Modifies Oil and Gas Statutes (Again)

by Stoel Rives LLP on

Both houses of the Idaho Legislature unanimously approved House Bill 301a last week following a seven-hour negotiation and two days of hearings earlier this month. Supported by Governor Otter, this bill will (among other...more

Was it a Mineral Deed or an Oil and Gas Lease?

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

How to distinguish an oil and gas lease from a mineral deed? In Richardson v. Mills, it was a deed when the instrument uses words like “forever” and imposes no duty to explore for and develop minerals....more

Prospecting for tax deductions

by DLA Piper on

Earlier this year, the Commissioner of Taxation released TR 2017/1 - Income Tax: deductions for mining and petroleum exploration expenditure (the "Ruling"). The Ruling is the finalised version of TR 2015/D4, issued in...more

New Listing Requirements for Malaysian Oil and Gas Companies

by Reed Smith on

We follow up on our client alert from March 2016, in which we considered the consultation process initiated by the Securities Commission of Malaysia (the Securities Commission) with respect to its proposed policy changes on...more

Transformation des secteurs pétrolier et gazier au Sénégal

Alors que les groupes pétroliers et gaziers s’intéressent au Sénégal depuis plus de soixante ans, ce n’est que depuis trois ans que le pays s’est révélé constituer un bassin d’hydrocarbures de classe mondiale. En 2014, Cairn...more

Transformation in Senegal's Oil and Gas Sector

Senegal has interested oil and gas companies for over 60 years, but it is only in the last three years that the country has come to the fore as a potential world-class hydrocarbon basin. In 2014, Cairn Energy plc and its...more

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