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How an Expert Can Affect Your Oil and Gas Claim

Posted in Litigation

Co-author Matthew Wheatley Your well consultant just cemented 10,000 feet of tubing inside the casing of your eight million dollar well, … a neighboring operator frac’ed his Eagle Ford well into your Austin Chalk completion, thereby trespassing and contaminating your well. Righteousness and vengeance are yours. The jury will draw and quarter the offender. Not So Fast Texokan Operating,… Continue Reading

When an Easement Isn’t What it Appears To Be

Posted in Land Titles

 Here is Something We Know  A Texas mineral estate owner has an implied easement for reasonable use of the surface estate in developing and extracting the minerals below.  And a Question Can the mineral estate owner and his lessee use the easement to produce from a mineral estate that is pooled with the surface estate?… Continue Reading

Expert Testimony Rejected in Royalty Case

Posted in Royalty Disputes

If you are involved in a royalty case, or plan to be, read Occidental Permian, Ltd. v. French et al. The appellate court decided there was no evidence to support the trial court’s findings that the lessors were underpaid. (See my too-long December 6 post for the underlying facts.)  In this case the plaintiffs were the losers. Takeways (In… Continue Reading