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Mineral Leases

The Oil Patch, the Single Business Enterprise Doctrine, and Veterans Day

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Let’s suppose that someone (You? The other guy?) who operates wells in which others have an interest organizes the enterprise so that the owner of the leases, the owner of the overrides, the operator, several service...more

A Partition Deed Fails in Texas

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Cases like Hahn v. Gips et al are like eating your broccoli – not so tasty but lots of fiber. The “fiber” here is the effect of a partition deed in which not all the cotenants join....more

US announces Gulf oil and gas lease sale

by PretiFlaherty on

The U.S. Department of the Interior has announced plans to auction off the rights to the largest oil and gas lease sale ever held in the United States, covering 76,967,935 acres in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico,...more

At The Well Weekly – Oil And Gas Update For Week Ending 10/27/2017 – Federal Court Says Ohio Supreme Court Would Adopt “At The...

by Cozen O'Connor on

Natural gas prices in Appalachia haven’t rebounded much since our last report, hovering around $1/MMBtu amidst a small decline in the rig count, but the good news is that the Brent Crude surpassed its $60/bbl benchmark...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - October 2017 #2

EPA Moves to Repeal Obama's Clean Power Plan Coal Regs - "EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced Monday that the Trump administration is moving to scrap the Clean Power Plan, the Obama administration's signature...more

A Town Without Written Leases And No Litigation

by Allen Matkins on

Recently, I visited Tonopah, Nevada, which is located about midway between Las Vegas and Reno. According to legend, the town was founded after Jim Butler discovered a rich ledge of silver ore while chasing his wandering...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - October 2017

An Obscure Statute Is Helping Trump Save U.S. Coal, Nuclear - "Rick Perry is using an authority granted to him as U.S. energy secretary to call on the independent Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to change its rules...more

Can a Lease Survive Foreclosure?

by Locke Lord LLP on

Two recent federal foreclosure cases applied Texas law and one highlighted a fact situation that may involve a new (2015) statute. In Arbuckle v. Chesapeake, Case No. 3:14-CV-04584-M (N.D. Texas, Dallas Division September...more

An “Appendage” Determines a Louisiana Royalty Dispute

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

In Glassell Producing Company v. Naquin, the question was: Did a conveyance among siblings create a real right in property, or was it an appendage of a lease that ceased to burden the property once that lease was...more

Legal Considerations for Establishing Operations in the United States (Pennsylvania)

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

I. Introduction – Business and Legal Climate in the United States. The business climate in the United States, though subject to business cycles, is the largest, most dynamic and durable in the world. The freedom to compete...more

Pooling in Texas: Language Dependent and Strictly Construed

by Locke Lord LLP on

While all eyes are on the Texas Supreme Court’s decision on September 1 to reinstate the Petitions for Review in the Endeavor Energy Resources v. Discovery Operating and in the XOG Operating et al. v Chesapeake Exploration et...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - September 2017#2

- U.S. High Court Asked to Review WV Justice's Role in Gas Royalties Case - "The U.S. Supreme Court is being asked to review West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Beth Walker's participation in a high-stakes natural gas...more

Not So Fast—Your Oil and Gas Lease Primary Term May Be Longer Than You Thought

by Blank Rome LLP on

Energy Industry Update - Action Item: Oil and gas leases in Pennsylvania may have a primary term longer than that stated in the lease. The Superior Court has recognized that an argument can be made that time for notice and...more

Under Scrutiny: PA Superior Court Splits from Own Precedent and Allows Unilateral Oil & Gas Lease Severance in Montgomery

by Blank Rome LLP on

Lessees of oil and gas leases in Pennsylvania who have been assigned or are assigning less than all of the geologic strata under lease should give careful attention to whether those leases have been severed vertically by...more

Frac Sand: U.S. District Court Addresses Whether Quarry Operation Commenced Within the Terms of the Mining Lease

A United States District Court addressed in an August 15th opinion a dispute between parties to a mining lease involving frac sand. See Pronschinske Trust v. Kaw Valley Companies, Inc.and KC Proppants, LLC, 2017 WL 3498712...more

A New Day for Louisiana Oil and Gas Lenders?

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Lenders to Louisiana operators are likely to be reconsidering their business practices in light of Gloria’s Ranch v. Tauren et al. A rather ordinary lease termination suit resulted in the lender Wells Fargo being...more

Is your tenure valid?

by DLA Piper on

The High Court's decision in Forrest & Forrest Pty Ltd v Wilson & Ors [2017] HCA 30 has confirmed the importance of strict compliance with the provisions of the Mining Act 1978 (WA) (Mining Act) when applying for the grant of...more

Louisiana Second Circuit: Oil and Gas Lender Held Liable for Certain Mineral Lease Obligations

by Baker Donelson on

A recent opinion from the Louisiana Court of Appeal, Second Circuit regarding Gloria’s Ranch, L.L.C. v. Tauren Exploration, Inc., has left a number of oil and gas lenders bellyaching. In this case, the Second Circuit found...more

Denial of Surface Access is Sufficient to Trigger Broadly Worded Force Majeure Clause in Oil and Gas Lease

by Reminger Co., LPA on

In a decision interpreting the force majeure clause of an oil and gas lease, the Seventh District Court of Appeals of Ohio in Haverhill Glen, LLC v. Eric Petroleum Corporation, Slip Opinion No. 2016-Ohio-8030, ruled that the...more

Strong Dissent Warns of “Devastating Economic Repercussions” of Second Circuit’s Decision in Oil & Gas Case

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 Wells Fargo, a mortgage lender with a security interest in a mineral lease, was solidarily liable with its...more

Land Owners Could Be Paying Proposed Severance Tax

by Barley Snyder on

Whether or not the latest natural gas severance tax proposal gets passed into law in Pennsylvania, House Bill 542 contains some interesting language land owners who have signed lease agreements with energy companies need to...more

AFRICA - A Legal Guide for Business Investment and Expansion: Ghana

1. What role does the government of Ghana play in approving and regulating foreign direct investment? The Government of Ghana continues to promote foreign direct investment in Ghana. In 2013, the Ghana Investment Promotion...more

Legislative 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. Below are the latest updates on a list of bills, summarized pursuant to the...more

Reconsidering Helium Production on Federal Lands Amid Privatization of Federal Helium Reserve

by Stoel Rives LLP on

On Wednesday the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will auction helium stored in its Cliffside Field underground storage facility in west Texas (aka the Federal Helium Reserve). This annual auction under the Helium Stewardship...more

Trial Court Rules that Article 22’s “Original Condition” Refers to Property’s Condition at the Creation of a Mineral Servitude

by Liskow & Lewis on

A July 3, 2017 ruling from the 17th Judicial District establishes that a mineral servitude owner’s obligation under Mineral Code article 22 “to restore the surface to its original condition” means the condition of the...more

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