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Mineral Interests: Executive Right Holder Liable for Refusing to Lease

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The article in the Energy & the Law blog explains that the case presented an opportunity for the court to apply the guidelines outlined in an earlier ruling to a different scenario: whether the executive breached the duty by refusing to lease.

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The Law of Hydraulic Fracturing

The Law of Hydraulic Fracturing

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A new article by two Gray Reed & McGraw lawyers in Houston covers the benefits and risks of hydraulic fracturing.

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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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Haynes and Boone Issues Energy Roundup for Spring 2019

Haynes and Boone Issues Energy Roundup for Spring 2019

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Haynes and Boone’s Spring 2019 Energy Roundup highlights an evolving United States oil and gas industry responding to recent commodity price volatility, the firm said on its website.

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Do Indemnity Obligations Cover First-Party Claims, Or Only Third-Party Claims?

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The Supreme Court of Texas is considering whether to grant a petition for review to establish whether an indemnity provision covers only third-party claims, not first-party claims, unless the provision unequiv­oc­al­ly states otherwise, writes D.C. Toedt III in the On Contracts blog.

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Top 4 Indicators Shaping Upstream Oil and Gas in 2019

Top 4 Indicators Shaping Upstream Oil and Gas in 2019

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Opportune takes a look at a few key indicators shaping the upstream oil and gas sector so far in 2019.

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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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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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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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‘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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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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Webinar Looks at Research on Landowner Coalitions in Shale Gas Development

Webinar. Thursday, August 23, 1 p.m. EDT
Marcellus Shale landowner coalitions – their form, function and impact – will be the topic of a one-hour, web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018.

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