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Appeals Court Allows Quick-Take of Land for Mountain Valley Pipeline

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Landowners objected to a lower-court ruling granting immediate possession of the disputed land before deciding how much each property owner should be compensated.

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Texas Court Addresses Bad Acts in an Oil-Patch Lease Play

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Was a partnership formed by a letter agreement, a participation agreement and the actions of the parties?

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San Antonio Oil Exec ‘Thumbed His Nose’ at Legal Process, Judge Says

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Brian Alfaro had failed to provide various records to a court-appointed receiver, prompting the judge to issue an arrest warrant.

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Environmental Defense Fund Satellites to Monitor Methane Emissions From Oil and Gas Operations

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An EDF spokesman said the satellite will be able to distinguish emissions from ambient methane and trace them back to their source.

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Texas Case Offers Three Lessons for Contract Drafters

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The Texas Supreme Court recently heard oral argument on the interpretation of a farmout agreement providing that an assignment could not be made “without the express written consent,” according to a post on the website of Porter Hedges.

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2018’s Bad Guys in Energy

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Charles Sartain of Gray Reed & McGraw has posted a list of what he calls “2018’s parade of reprobates, rapscallions and others generally lacking in moral hygiene” in the world of energy law.

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Jordan, Lynch & Cancienne Wins Take-Nothing Decisions in Texas, Louisiana

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Trial lawyers with Jordan, Lynch & Cancienne PLLC scored big defense wins recently for two separate clients, securing a quick summary judgment for The Dow Chemical Company in Texas and prevailing in a jury trial for Union Carbide Corporation in New Orleans.

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Local Taxation of Oil and Gas Activities Fails Again

Local Taxation of Oil and Gas Activities Fails Again

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The Texas Supreme Court issued four opinions addressing the taxation of compressors used to deliver natural gas into pipelines, according to a post on Gray Reed & McGraw’s Energy & the Law blog.

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National Law Journal Names Chrysta Castañeda to 2018 Elite Trial Lawyers List

<i>National Law Journal</i> Names Chrysta Castañeda to 2018 Elite Trial Lawyers List

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Chrysta Castaneda has been awarded The National Law Journal’s Elite Trial Lawyers Award for 2018.

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Arbitrator’s Undisclosed Relationships Sink Oil and Gas Awards

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The court found that the arbitrator lied when he “claimed that he did not have professional or social connections with the parties or witnesses.”

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Texas High Court Invokes the Discovery Rule

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The Texas Supreme Court has held that the discovery rule delayed the running of the statute of limitations on behalf of the holder of a recorded right of first refusal to purchase mineral interests, reports the Energy & the Law blog of Gray Reed & McGraw.

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What Colorado’s and Washington’s Pro-Energy Votes Could Mean for the Rest of the Industry

What Colorado’s and Washington’s Pro-Energy Votes Could Mean for the Rest of the Industry

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Just because voters in two states rejected measures that energy companies opposed, but that doesn’t mean the fight is over for oil and gas companies, warns Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney in a website post.

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Expropriation Ruling Explains Landowner’s Burden to Prove Severance Damages to a ‘Legal Certainty’

Expropriation Ruling Explains Landowner’s Burden to Prove Severance Damages to a ‘Legal Certainty’

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A Louisiana appellate court has added to the relatively sparse body of appellate rulings in pipeline expropriation matters with an unpublished opinion affirming that landowners whose property is expropriated must prove their entitlement to severance damages to a “legal certainty.”

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Federal Judge Blocks Keystone Pipeline XL in Major Blow to Trump Administration

Federal Judge Blocks Keystone Pipeline XL in Major Blow to Trump Administration

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The Washington Post characterized the order as a  major defeat for President Trump, who attacked the Obama administration for stopping the project in the face of protests and an environmental impact study.

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‘Frack Master’ of Texas Oil Fame Pleads Guilty to Massive Fraud, Faces Up to 12 Years in Prison

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Christopher Faulkner, the former CEO of Dallas-based Breitling Energy, became a star in business circles for his high-profile media appearances defending hydraulic fracturing or fracking, reports The Dallas Morning News.

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Pipeline Companies Should Do More to Prepare for NTSB Accident Investigations

Pipeline Companies Should Do More to Prepare for NTSB Accident Investigations

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The National Transportation Safety Board is well known for its sleuthing on plane crashes. However, oil and gas executives often need better education about how the agency tackles one of its other responsibilities – investigating pipeline accidents, advise attorneys with the national law firm LeClairRyan.

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Understanding Similarities and Differences in Four Oilfield Anti-Indemnity Acts

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Indemnity provisions in the energy industry are a staple in Master Service Agreements and can be unilateral or mutual, explains a post on the website of Kean Miller LLP.

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Class Action Royalty Litigation in the Shale Plays

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A Haynes and Boone post analyzes nationwide trends in the filing and certification of royalty class action cases, which result in much greater exposure to producers than individual royalty owner cases.

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What Will the 2018 Elections in Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming and Alaska Mean for the Energy Industry?

What Will the 2018 Elections in Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming and Alaska Mean for the Energy Industry?

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Holland & Hart will host a complimentary Energy and Resource lunch and seminar, discussing how governors’ races, along with potential shifts in the make-up of state legislatures, might affect energy policy and future development in several states.

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Minimum Volume Commitments in the Midstream Industry

Minimum Volume Commitments in the Midstream Industry

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In the midstream industry, these contracts are typically utilized to enable the operator to recoup the costs of constructing infrastructure, such as a processing plant or pipeline lateral, for the benefit of the counterparty, according to Opportune.

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