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Louisiana Statutory Penalties Imposed on Operator

Posted in Legislation, Litigation, Pooling and Unitization

If you’ve ever tried to escape penalties for the operator/producer’s failure to comply with La. R.S §30:103.1 and §103.2, take comfort in XXI Oil & Gas, LLC v. Hilcorp Energy Company.  You are not alone. No excuse has satisfied the courts, and there is none here. The statutes (links above) require information and certain procedures… Continue Reading

The Peril in Joint Bidding for Properties

Posted in Legislation, Regulations

Co-author Dominic Salinas Wondering what was behind the Department of Justice indictment of the late Aubrey McClendon? The charge was conspiring to rig bids for oil and gas properties in Oklahoma. Read the McClendon indictment and engage in the parlor game of guessing who the co-conspirators were. Where does this come from? The Sherman Antitrust… Continue Reading

State Well Permit Prevails Over Local Zoning – Again

Posted in Legislation, Local Ordinances

Co-author Brooke Sizer The state laws of Louisiana regulating oil and gas exploration and production will trump local regulations. See St. Tammany Parish Government v. State of Louisiana, Office of Conservation. (Forgive us for that word that should be avoided in a civil society.)  The conflict St. Tammany is a home-rule charter parish that adopted a… Continue Reading

Did the 2015 Texas Legislature Help Oil and Gas?

Posted in Energy Policy, Legislation

Your Texas legislators have done their work and the citizens are safe for the next two years.  The other good news is that industry supporters generally believe the 2015 Legislature was their friend. House Bill 2: Set aside $4,471,800 to the University of Texas at Austin Bureau for Economic Geology and appointed a technical advisory committee to study the… Continue Reading

Your Texas Legislature at Work, Part 2

Posted in Legislation

The Texas legislature is still busy on energy issues. Is that good or bad? It depends on your situation; oil patch thieves won’t like it. Wind Energy Senate Bill 931 would blow away the Renewable Portfolio Standard, established in 1999 to set renewable energy goals for Texas. The bill would also halt construction of transmission lines in Competitive Renewable… Continue Reading

Vetoed Foreclosure Bill Will Return

Posted in Legislation

Co-author Travis Booher. All legislation is not good legislation. The good news is that some of it fails. Such is the case with H.B. 2590 passed by the 2013 Texas legislature but vetoed by the Governor. We mention it because it will be back in the next session. The Bill, “An act relating to the… Continue Reading

Texas Makes it Easier to Protect Trade Secrets

Posted in Legislation

Many years ago, in the days of cheap oil and cheaper natural gas, The Superior Oil Company often hired geologists and engineers away from Mobil Oil. As a result of many years of attracting good talent, Superior became the largest independent producer in the U.S. In 1986 Mobil acquired Superior. It was said at the time that the… Continue Reading