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Mineral Interests: Net Royalty Acres Defined

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Mineral buyers often make offers in terms of dollars per net royalty acre. If the recipient of the offer does not know for sure what she owns, it can be difficult to evaluate the offer, according to Graves, Dougherty, Hearon & Moody.

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The Troubling Intersection of Royalty Disputes and Consumer Protection Laws

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There could be trouble ahead for operators if the future of royalty disputes lies increasingly within the province of states’ attorneys, according to Kane Russell Coleman Logan.

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Judge Dismisses Pipeline Operator’s Racketeering/Defamation Suit Against Greenpeace

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“Posting articles written by people with similar beliefs does not create a RICO enterprise,” a federal judge wrote in his dismissal order.

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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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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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A Legal Guide to Power Generation Mergers and Acquisitions

A Legal Guide to Power Generation Mergers and Acquisitions

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POWER magazine has posted the first of a two-part series examining what dealmakers need to know before making any power industry mergers and acquisitions.

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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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Recent Oil and Gas Verdict Highlights Importance of FLSA Compliance

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A recent case from the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania highlights how expensive a Fair Labor Standards Act case can be.

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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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Political and Economic Realities Hamper Efforts to Reopen U.S. Waters to Offshore Drilling

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A post on the website of Haynes and Boone calls attention to an apparent failure to acknowledge economic realities of oil and gas leasing and operating in the Outer Continental Shelf.

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Electrification of the Auto Industry Steps on the Gas

Electrification of the Auto Industry Steps on the Gas

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Several recent developments show momentum continuing to build toward the replacement of fossil fuels with electricity to power the cars of the future, reports Foley & Lardner.

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EIA: Global Oil Oversupply Could Return in 2018

EIA: Global Oil Oversupply Could Return in 2018

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The U.S. Energy Information Administration lowered its crude-oil price forecast and raised its production outlook for 2018 in its latest Short-Term Energy Outlook, reports Oil & Gas Journal.

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Webcast: BP Statistical Review of World Energy 2017

Webcast: BP Statistical Review of World Energy 2017

Event, June 13
BP Global will present a webcast discussing data generated by the BP Statistical Review of World Energy, on Tuesday, June 13, 9:30-11 a.m. Eastern time.

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Chesapeake Energy and McClendon Estate Reach Settlement

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The deal calls for Chesapeake to pay $3.25 million in legal fees and drop claims for $445 million related to data McClendon took from the company when he was fired in April 2013, reports The Oklahoman.

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Hunton & Williams Launches Sustainability and Corporate Clean Power Initiative

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Hunton & Williams LLP announces the formation of a global cross-disciplinary legal team to advise corporations and investors on issues related to sustainability and efforts to increase utilization of renewable energy

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Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Against Lawyer Over Chesapeake Legal Fees

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A state district judge in Fort Worth shut down the litigation against Dan McDonald in which attorney Jim Ward was seeking up to a third of the millions in legal fees stemming from the Chesapeake case.

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Computational Pipeline Monitoring for Gas Pipelines – What Works, What Doesn’t

Computational Pipeline Monitoring for Gas Pipelines – What Works, What Doesn’t

Event, Oct. 6, 2016, 1 p.m. CDT
Oil & Gas Journal will present a webinar sponsored by Schneider Electric on computational pipeline monitoring (CPM) techniques and their use in detecting commodity releases on liquid pipelines.

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