2017 November-December Contributors Thomas G. Ciarlone, Jr. 

The Growing Tension Between Executives and Non-Executives in the Oil Patch

The Court of Appeals in San Antonio recently decided one of the first cases in quite some time to address the duties—of the party with the executive rights to minerals—owed to non-executive mineral interest owners. The case is Texas Outfitters Limited v. Nicholson, No. 04-16-00392-CV. Most of us in the industry know that in Texas and other jurisdictions the mineral... Read More
Oil-and-Gas Law: Notable Recent Developments 2017 September-October Contributors Thomas G. Ciarlone, Jr. 

Oil-and-Gas Law: Notable Recent Developments

In a significant development out of the U.S. Department of the Interior, the Office of Natural Resources Revenue has elected to eliminate the prior administration’s new guidance for calculating royalties on leases of oil and gas interests on federal and Native American lands. As detailed in a late-summer notice from the Federal Register, Interior is completely repealing what had been... Read More
2017 July-August Contributors Thomas G. Ciarlone, Jr. 

Texas Supreme Court Issues Back-To-Back Decisions with Profound Implications for the Oil-And-Gas Business

In a case that has been closely watched in the oil and gas industry, Lightning Oil Company v. Anadarko E&P Onshore, LLC, the Texas Supreme Court decided in May whether drilling through a mineral estate—one which is not under lease by the driller—to access a reservoir beneath a bordering tract constitutes a form of trespass. The operator in the case,... Read More