Contacted at his seaside villa, Captain Renault exclaimed his shock that Elsie and Adrian Opiela are asking the Texas Supreme Court to review questions surrounding the Railroad Commission’s approval of a drilling permit for a Production Sharing Agreement well.

The Commission’s “65% Rule” for multi-tract horizontal wells is invalid because the Commission does not have

Co-author Paul Yale

Issues surrounding the legality of allocation wells in Texas have been percolating for some time, and lately we’ve heard of potential litigation. So, what’s the fuss about? The results in Klotzman (a Texas Railroad Commission dispute) and Spartan et al v. EOG (a district court case) didn’t resolve the legal questions. Both settled before a ruling. Browning Oil Company v. Luecke provided theoretical underpinnings but didn’t go far enough.

Why does the controversy exist?
Continue Reading Is the Allocation Well Debate About to Boil Over?

tx capitolThe 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.

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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