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Oil and Gas in Texas: Some Law and a Little History
October 18, 2017
Lessons from a Liftboat Contract
October 10, 2017
What's New in the Methane Debate?
October 3, 2017
An "Appendage" Determines a Louisiana Royalty Dispute
September 27, 2017
Unit Operator Pays For a Problem of its Own Making
September 20, 2017
Informal Description Dooms Oil and Gas Leases
September 13, 2017
Harvey and Climate Change, and Consideration of a Retained Acreage Clause
September 6, 2017
Hurricane Harvey and Oil and Gas Operations - What To Do
August 30, 2017
A New Day for Louisiana Oil and Gas Lenders?
August 29, 2017
Texas Supreme Court Dabbles in Bankruptcy Law
August 23, 2017
Does Texas Have a New "Rule" in Conveyancing?
August 15, 2017
Seismic Expenses are Deductible for the Seismic Shooter
August 9, 2017
How Not to  Secure an Oil Well Lien in Louisiana
August 3, 2017
An Oil Patch Morality Play - Part 2
August 1, 2017
Pipeline Partnership Verdict Reversed
July 25, 2017
An Oil Patch Morality Play - Part 1
July 18, 2017
Another Oil Field Contamination Plaintiff Waits Too Long
July 11, 2017
Blame Game Fails Louisiana Casing Vendor
July 5, 2017
Section 232 and Oil Country Tubular Goods
June 28, 2017
Why Leaving the Paris Climate Accord Could Be a Good Thing
June 20, 2017
Texas Mineral Deeds Survive the Statute of Frauds
June 14, 2017
Limitations Runs on Nuisance Claims
June 6, 2017
Louisiana Forced Pooling - Timing is Important
May 31, 2017
Texas Subsurface Trespass Law Clarified
May 23, 2017
Texas Subsurface Trespass Law Clarified
May 23, 2017
Suit For Bad Frac Job Requires a Certificate of Merit
May 16, 2017
Oil Field Contamination Award Upheld
May 9, 2017
Did This "Deed" Convey Fee Simple or an Easement?
May 3, 2017
A Development in Earthquakes and Fracking
April 27, 2017
Hydrocarbons Win One and Lose One in Battles With Crawfish
April 17, 2017
Rejecting Midstream Agreements in Bankruptcy - the Journey Continues
April 11, 2017
Production-in-Paying-Quantities Analysis Confirmed
April 4, 2017
Was it a Mineral Deed or an Oil and Gas Lease?
March 28, 2017
Can Reworking a Saltwater Disposal Well Maintain a Lease?
March 22, 2017
The Parol Evidence Rule at Work in a Mineral Transaction
March 14, 2017
Does it Matter if a Deed Correction is Material?
March 7, 2017
Lessons in Administering a Master Service Agreement
February 28, 2017
Mineral Lease Prevails in Louisiana Royalty Dispute
February 21, 2017
Award for Nuisance From Gas Wells Squelched
February 14, 2017
Oil and Gas Arbitration - Did the Parties Get What They Bargained For?
February 8, 2017
What Price For a Louisiana Servitude?
February 1, 2017
Oil Industry Custom and the Model Form JOA: A Debate
January 24, 2017
It's Now Easier To Be a Common Carrier Pipeline in Texas
January 17, 2017
The Constructive Notice Doctrine in Action
January 10, 2017
2016 - A Bad Year For Bad Guys in Energy
January 4, 2017
Have You Reviewed Your Lease Maintenance Processes Lately?
December 28, 2016
TXO v. Vela Remembered in a Gas Royalty Case
December 19, 2016
Your Louisiana Override - Where Does it Come From?
December 14, 2016
Arbitration in Louisiana - Another Budding Romance?
December 6, 2016
The Rule Against Perpetuities is Alive and Enforceable in Oklahoma
November 30, 2016
Option Contract Ruling Reversed by Texas Supreme Court.
November 16, 2016
Operator - Don't Get Burned by Paying an Insolvent Contractor
November 8, 2016
What Your New President Will Do For or To You
November 1, 2016
Texas Courts Continue Their Romance With Arbitration
October 26, 2016
Louisiana Statutory Penalties Imposed on Operator
October 21, 2016
Texas Tax Ruling Favors Frac Trailer Owners
October 14, 2016
Methane Emissions Standards Take Effect
October 5, 2016
New Mexico Pit Rule Survives Challenge  by Enviro Group
September 28, 2016
Back to the Bulgarian Bad Guy, So Say the Justices
September 20, 2016
Assigning By "Stratigraphic Equivalent"? Be Careful
September 13, 2016
Louisiana Partition Agreement: You Can't Trade What You Don't Own
August 31, 2016
Fueling Freedom: Explaining the Value of Fossil Fuels
August 24, 2016
Control-of-Well Insurance: The Words of the Policy Control
August 17, 2016
When Can Employee Policies Be Amended?
August 9, 2016
Title Suit Booted for Failure to Join Parties
August 3, 2016
Securities Fraud - a Lesson for Promoters
July 26, 2016
When is a Joint Venture a Security?
July 21, 2016
Texas Supreme Court Clarifies Nuisance Law
July 13, 2016
Wyoming Federal Court Strikes Down BLM Fracking Rule
July 5, 2016
Texas Comptroller Prevails in Tax Exemption Claim
June 28, 2016
A Development in Trade-Secret Cases
June 21, 2016
The Model Form JOA in Hard Times (and Farewell, Rally Possum)
June 15, 2016
The Accommodation Doctrine Gets Its Feet Wet
June 7, 2016
Lessee Escapes Termination
June 1, 2016
What's To Know About the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016
May 24, 2016
Neither a Will Nor Gift Deed?
May 17, 2016
Neither a Will Nor a Gift Deed?
May 17, 2016
Here We Go Again: Fractional Royalty or Fraction of a Royalty?
May 11, 2016
Proposed Methane Rules - Good or Bad?
May 3, 2016
EPA Methane Rules Are Coming
April 28, 2016
When Joint Bidding Is Not Bid Rigging
April 19, 2016
The Peril in Joint Bidding for Properties
April 12, 2016
Washing Out a Lessee By Email
April 5, 2016
State Well Permit Prevails Over Local Zoning - Again
March 22, 2016
What Happens to a Bundled Production Payment When a Lease Terminates?
March 15, 2016
Can the E&P Debtor Reject Gas Gathering Agreements in Bankruptcy?
March 8, 2016
Post-Production Deductions Revisited
March 1, 2016
Railroad Commission Plugs the Wrong Well - Another Issue
February 17, 2016
Railroad Commission Not Off the Hook for Plugging the Wrong Well
February 11, 2016
What is an Adequate Description For a Mineral Lien ?
February 2, 2016
108 Year-Old Lease Survives
January 26, 2016
Operator: Be Careful Handling Ad Valorem Taxes
January 21, 2016
Texas Property Code Change - No More Subordinations?
January 12, 2016
Things That Never Change in the Oil Patch: How to Aggravate the SEC
January 5, 2016
What if a Partition Deed Doesn't Consider the Minerals?
December 22, 2015
A Corporate Opportunity? … Stolen?
December 16, 2015
What is a Corporate Opportunity?
December 10, 2015
Les Miles is Like the Oil Business
December 1, 2015
Truthiness and Truth Edition
November 24, 2015
Louisiana Mineral Code Article 122 Revisited
November 11, 2015
Your MSA is in Place - Now What?
November 3, 2015
Hydrocarbon Exposure Dismissal Affirmed
October 27, 2015
Oh My! Oklahoma Court Allows Earthquake Case to Proceed
October 22, 2015
The Louisiana Right of Passage Discussed
October 14, 2015
Another Chesapeake Post-Production Deduction Case
October 6, 2015
Wage and Hour Claims Menace Producers
September 29, 2015
How to "Score" a Contract from the Red Zone
September 23, 2015
Citgo Prevails Over EPA at the Fifth Circuit
September 17, 2015
New York Fracking Ban: Insult Followed by Injury
September 8, 2015
You Own the Oil. Do You Own the Rock?
September 2, 2015
Compressor Station Negligent Nuisance Verdict Reversed
August 27, 2015
Who Needs A Master Service Agreement?
August 18, 2015
Did the 2015 Texas Legislature Help Oil and Gas?
August 12, 2015
Ballplayers Don't Fear the Clock; Should a Plaintiff?
August 4, 2015
Contracts - It's More About the Drafting Than the Suing
July 29, 2015
Fracking, Trigger Warnings, and a Safe Room
July 22, 2015
Another Lease Termination Case, a Different Ending
July 14, 2015
Royalty Clauses For the Lessor - This Battle is Over
July 7, 2015
How an Expert Can Affect Your Oil and Gas Claim
June 23, 2015
Court Arrives at Fair Market Value of Gas Property
June 16, 2015
Is Your Well Producing in Paying Quantities? - The Jury Will Decide
June 9, 2015
Defendants Saved by Louisiana Subsequent Purchaser Rule
June 2, 2015
Can the Tax Man Come After Your Stored Gas?
May 26, 2015
How to Manage Credit and Collect Unpaid Bills in Today's Oil Patch
May 21, 2015
Lipsky Revisited - Details and Debate
May 12, 2015
How Are the Texas Anti-SLAPP Statute and Jade Helm 15 Alike?
May 6, 2015
Your Texas Legislature at Work, Part 2
April 30, 2015
What is Your Texas Legislature Doing for You Today?
April 22, 2015
The Danger of "Too Much Information"?
April 15, 2015
No Equitable Extension of a Pennsylvania Oil and Gas Lease
April 8, 2015
Obama Approves Keystone Pipeline and Other News- Special Edition
April 1, 2015
A Lesson in Lease Administration
March 31, 2015
Must the Lessee Be Wary of the Executive Right Owner?
March 24, 2015
The Executive Right and the NPRI - What is the Relationship?
March 17, 2015
Denbury Part II:  Big Changes Coming in Texas Pipeline Condemnations ?
March 10, 2015
What Can I Get From My Lessee if I Ask the Court For It?
March 2, 2015
Texas Supreme Court Relaxes Its Grip on the Discovery Rule
February 24, 2015
Louisiana Lessee Could be Liable for Withholding Information
February 17, 2015
A Scourge Worse than Fracking!
February 10, 2015
Operator Can't Recover Drilling Costs For Affiliate's Expensive Rig
February 3, 2015
Meanwhile in Texas …  Who Should Decide About Fracking?
January 27, 2015
Consider The Retained Acreage Clause
January 20, 2015
5th Circuit Blocks Punitive Damages in Maritime Case
January 6, 2015
Frackers v. Anti's - Scoring update
December 23, 2014
A Little-Used Doctrine Saves a Lease
December 16, 2014
Listen to the Words In the Injunction Battle
December 9, 2014
Avoid the Oral Agreement
December 4, 2014
The Fat Lady Who Hasn't Sung, Oil Field Technology, and a Lizard
November 26, 2014
More Seismic Rumbling in Louisiana
November 19, 2014
Election Scoreboard: Frackers 4, Anti's 4
November 11, 2014
The Well Operator Should Have Listened To My Mother
November 5, 2014
Hydrocarbon Exposure Reconsidered
October 28, 2014
What's Going On in Denton, Texas?
October 23, 2014
Delay Strikes Down Another Plaintiff
October 21, 2014
Faulty Property Description Haunts Louisiana Servitude
October 14, 2014
Easements: Roads Traveled, Less Traveled, and Not Traveled
October 7, 2014
Truth and Illusion in the Fracking Debate
September 30, 2014
How Much Are Your Trees Worth?
September 24, 2014
What Does "Sprawling Litigation" Look Like?
September 18, 2014
North Dakota Good Faith Purchasers: At What Point is Notice Relevant?
September 16, 2014
Subcontractors Score a Victory in Federal Court
September 3, 2014
Freedom to Contract Prevails in New Mexico
August 26, 2014
In Wyoming, a Higher Burden for Chemical Disclosure Exemption?
August 19, 2014
CO2 is Good
August 14, 2014
Treachery of the Untrustworthy Trustee
August 5, 2014
Rumsfeld, Morrison and the Discovery Rule in Texas
July 29, 2014
This is Why You Need a Will
July 22, 2014
The Non-Binding Agreement - Louisiana Edition
July 15, 2014
Frac(k)ing, Parr v. Aruba, and Minority Oppression
July 11, 2014
Are Personal Injury Damages Avaiable in a Nuisance Case?
July 7, 2014
Are Personal Injury Damages Available in a Nuisance Case?
July 7, 2014
Are Oil and Gas Producers Protecting the Environment?
July 1, 2014
Perils of "Other Provisions" in the Model Form JOA
June 25, 2014
Operator Wins JOA Fight
June 17, 2014
What's Up at the Department of Energy?
June 10, 2014
North Dakota Court Dismisses Flaring Cases
June 5, 2014
Plugging the Wrong Well is Likely to Impact Your Pocketbook
June 3, 2014
What's the EPA Been Up To Lately?
May 29, 2014
The Fracing Verdict - What Didn't Get To The Jury?
May 22, 2014
Condition Precedent Sinks Chesapeake
May 16, 2014
Barnett Shale Drilling Increased North Texas Ozone - Fact or Fiction?
May 8, 2014
Texas Supreme Court Will Review Reversal of $20 Million Judgment
May 6, 2014
Keystone Pipeline is Delayed … Why?
May 2, 2014
A Plaintiffs' Jury Verdict in a Texas Fracing Case
April 30, 2014
A Plaintiffs' Jury Verdict in a Texas Fracking Case
April 30, 2014
A Cost-Free Royalty Clause That Works - Part Two: The Override
April 16, 2014
Native Gas and Storage Gas: Who Owns It?
April 14, 2014
More on the Moral Case for Fossil Fuels and Other Topics
April 4, 2014
Federal Court Calls General Partnership Interest a Security
April 1, 2014
Federal Court: General Partnership Interest Could Be a Security
April 1, 2014
The Moral Case For Fossil Fuels
March 27, 2014
A Cost-Free Royalty Clause That Works - Part One
March 18, 2014
Distributions from a Texas Trust Deemed Separate Property
March 11, 2014
What is a Bird Worth to a Regulator?
March 4, 2014
Was the Royalty Reservation "Floating"  or "Fixed"?
February 27, 2014
Reaping What You Sow - City of Dallas Sued by Trinity East Energy
February 19, 2014
Mixed Result in a Louisiana Legacy Pollution Case
February 18, 2014
For Success Against a Pipeline, Go to the Right Court
February 14, 2014
Is There Schizophrenia About Fracking?
February 12, 2014
Rumblings From a Louisiana Seismic Agreement
February 4, 2014
Title Troubles in Texas, North Dakota and Montana: Right of Way v. Fee Conveyance
January 31, 2014
Fear Alone Won't Get You an Injunction
January 28, 2014
Technology Will Silence the Critics of Drilling
January 15, 2014
The Duhig Rule - State by State
January 7, 2014
Beware, the Stealthy Duhig Rule
January 2, 2014
Pennsylvania Supreme Court Strikes Down Pro-Industry Law
December 31, 2013
Texas Court Declines Indemnity for One's Own Bad Acts.
December 24, 2013
Dallas City Council Passes Draconian Drilling Ordinance
December 17, 2013
Oral Transfer of an Immovable is Established in Louisiana
December 12, 2013
How an Oil and Gas Scammer Avoided Justice
December 10, 2013
Broker Loses His Override
December 6, 2013
Surface Owner's Regulatory Taking Claim Denied
December 3, 2013
A Favored-Nations Clause Gone Awry
November 26, 2013
Non-Operators Shake Off the JOA Tar Baby
November 21, 2013
An Oil and Gas Rorschach Test
November 14, 2013
Haynesville Shale Fraud Judgment Reversed
November 11, 2013
BLM Clarifies Bond Requirements
October 31, 2013
Court Goes to the Dictionary To Establish Liability for a Non-Party
October 29, 2013
In Search of the Perfect Sazerac - the Quest Continues
October 18, 2013
Lessee: Beware the Automatic Termination Clause
October 15, 2013
Reseeding with Native Grasses after Operations - Keeping the Eagle Ford Native
October 11, 2013
Deepwater Horizon Settlement Fine-Tuned By Fifth Circuit
October 8, 2013
Deduction of Post-Production Costs from Gas Royalties - Another Lesson
October 3, 2013
Seismic Map is at the Center of Trade Secret Case
September 27, 2013
Global Warming Threat is Worse Than Ever … Or It's Not
September 23, 2013
Unrecorded Override Assignment Trumps the Public Records Doctrine
September 19, 2013
The Prospect Generator's Case, a Second Look
September 10, 2013
Hold on to Your Insurance … Federal Court Certifies Deepwater Horizon Questions to Texas Supreme Court
September 6, 2013
Prospect Generator is Vindicated
September 3, 2013
Old Rules Are Learned Anew in Louisiana Servitude Case
August 26, 2013
Four Horsemen of the Environmental Apocalypse
August 20, 2013
Title Troubles in Texas, North Dakota and Montana: Mineral Reservations to Third Parties
August 9, 2013
Federal Agencies Go After "Misclassified" Landmen
August 6, 2013
When Is the Client Liable for the Acts of the Independent Landman?
August 1, 2013
Several Lessons for Louisiana Royalty Owners
July 30, 2013
Vetoed Foreclosure Bill Will Return
July 26, 2013
Title Troubles in Texas, North Dakota and Montana: Conveyances to "Blind Trusts"
July 24, 2013
Ambiguity Sends an Overriding Royalty Dispute Back to the Trial Court
July 18, 2013
When Can an Override be "Washed Out"?
July 16, 2013
Gasland II, Rebuked
July 11, 2013
Texas Makes it Easier to Protect Trade Secrets
July 9, 2013
Different Takes on the President's Climate Change Policy
July 1, 2013
When Is a Notice-Of-Assignment Clause Not Effective?
June 27, 2013
Must an Oil and Gas Lessee Accommodate a Cattle Operation?
June 25, 2013
President to Unveil Energy Policy
June 21, 2013
Texas Well Integrity Rule Revised
June 19, 2013
Oil and Gas Bills Passed By Texas Legislature
June 13, 2013
Perils of Proportionate Reduction, and a Detour Through D-Day
June 11, 2013
Pipeline Loses Effort to Condemn Private Land
June 6, 2013
Keystone XL Can Take Land Before Appeals are Exhausted
June 4, 2013
The Fracking Debate is Not Unique to the United States.
May 29, 2013
Is the Oil and Gas Industry Undertaxed?
May 23, 2013
Lessor is Not Entitled to Royalty on Hedging Profits
May 21, 2013
How Much Water Does Fracking Shale Gas Consume, and Where?
May 16, 2013
A Look at Two Approaches to Oil and Gas Regulation
May 14, 2013
Fracking Stymied on Federal Lands in California
May 8, 2013
Pennsylvania Supreme Court Confirms The Dunham Rule
May 3, 2013
Changes Ahead for the Texas Railroad Commission?
April 24, 2013
How Much Consensus is There on Global Warming?
April 18, 2013
HOW MUCH CONSENSUS IS THERE ON GLOBAL WARMING?
April 18, 2013
The 1956 Model Form JOA Does Not Apply to Future Leases
April 11, 2013
What is an Enforceable Property Description?
April 9, 2013
Should I Agree to Arbitrate My Contract Dispute?
March 26, 2013
Compulsory Unitization Undermines Texas Values (Rhetorically Speaking)
March 12, 2013
Large Condemnation Award Upheld for Eagle Ford Pipeline
March 8, 2013
Deed Restrictions - Good for Barking Dogs, Not Good for Mineral Reservations
February 28, 2013
Who's Against Fracking and What are They Saying?
February 21, 2013
Compulsory Unitization is a Grand Idea (Rhetorically Speaking)
February 15, 2013
Louisiana Surface Owner Can Sue Servitude Owner for Pollution
February 12, 2013
Judicial Ascertainment Clause Trumps Automatic Termination of a Louisiana Lease
February 5, 2013
What's in a Name? Is Texas House Bill 100 Really Forced "Pooling"?
January 30, 2013
Is Texas Ready for Forced Pooling?
January 24, 2013
No Agreement on Essential Terms Means No Contract
January 22, 2013
When an Easement Isn't What it Appears To Be
January 17, 2013
In Texas Contract Dispute, Risk Allocation Trumps Due Diligence Duties
January 8, 2013
What Can the Energy Industry Expect from Obama's Second Term?
January 3, 2013
Homeowner's Testimony About Market Value Can't be Speculative
December 27, 2012
"I'm From the Guvment . . .
December 20, 2012
Mineral Lessors Introduced to Commercial Paper
December 18, 2012
Expert Testimony Rejected in Royalty Case
December 11, 2012
Underpaid Royalty Case Resolved in Favor of Lessee
December 6, 2012
Yes, Virginia,There is an MUI Claus(e)
December 4, 2012
What is the Best Way to Fight Rising Sea Levels?
November 27, 2012
Operator Not Liable for Breach of JOA - Louisiana Version (Kind of)
November 15, 2012
A Texas Mineral Reservation was a Fractional Royalty
November 13, 2012
Executive Right Owner Could Be Liable for Failing to Forward Royalty Payments
November 8, 2012
EPA Planning to Ban Coal-Fired Power Plants?
November 5, 2012
Theft of Trade Secrets Nets Large Damage Award
October 24, 2012
A Mistaken Reference in a Deed to a Reservation of Minerals Does Not Reserve the Minerals
October 23, 2012
Mistaken Reference in a Deed to a Mineral Reservation Does Not Reserve the Minerals
October 23, 2012
Operators Can Be Guilty of Killing Migratory Birds
October 18, 2012
Royalty Clause Paying Annual Rent Does Not Survive Non-production
October 11, 2012
EPA Region 6 Has New Administrator
October 9, 2012
Ohio Surface Rights Do Not Allow Total Destruction of the Land
October 4, 2012
Five Ways to Help Your Title Examiner - Second Half
October 2, 2012
Operator Not Liable for Breach of 1989 Model Form JOA, Part Two
September 27, 2012
Fracking is an Ally Against Global Warming
September 19, 2012
Five Ways You Can Help Your Title Examiner Reach the Goal Line
September 13, 2012
Portions of Pennsylvania's Act 13 Declared Unconstitutional
September 11, 2012
Operator Not Liable for Breach of 1989 Model Form JOA
September 6, 2012
The Lizard that (Almost) Shut Down the Permian Basin
June 20, 2012
Be Careful With Electronically Stored Information
June 14, 2012