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Personal or Predial Servitudes and Why It Matters

Posted in Oil and Gas Operations, Oil and Gas Production, Transactions
The new Austin Chalk play in central Louisiana is creating a resurgence of exploration activity in several rural areas.  Exploration companies have already begun leasing hundreds of thousands of acres in order to develop and produce minerals. A key component in developing the Austin Chalk is securing passage to the drill-sites.  Drill-sites are often located… Continue Reading

Another Possible Chip Away from the Finality of Confirmed Bankruptcy Plans

Posted in Bankruptcy, Oil and Gas Operations, Oil and Gas Production
A Texas court has recently carved out an exception to the Supreme Court’s ruling in United Student Aid Funds, In. v. Espinosa, 559 U.S. 260 (2010), on the finality of confirmed bankruptcy plans.  In Oklahoma State Treasurer v. Linn Operating, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas held Espinosa’s rule that… Continue Reading

Preemptive Authority of Commissioner’s Actions Affirmed

Posted in Legal Updates, Oil and Gas Production
On March 9, 2016, the Louisiana First Circuit Court of Appeal issued an important decision affirming the supremacy of state law, and of the decisions and action of the Commissioner of Conservation, in regulating oil and gas production in the State.  St. Tammany Parish Government v. Commissioner, 2015-CA-1152 (La. 1 App. Cir. 2016). According to… Continue Reading