January 7, 2016

Michigan v. EPA: How Has it Been Interpreted?

On June 29, 2015, the Supreme Court decided Michigan v. EPA. Initially overshadowed by its term companions King v. Burwell, and Obergefell v. Hodges, Michigan has quickly …

January 7, 2016

Injection Wells: Who’s at Fault?

This post discusses the impact disposal wells have on seismic activity in the communities in which the wells are used. An injection well “places fluid deep underground …

November 27, 2015

How the SEC’s New Crowdfunding Rules Are Creating Options for Oil and Gas Financing

Texas is a unique case study for sustained economic growth. Part of the reason that the state keeps growing is that job growth has not just been …

November 24, 2015

French Nuclear Energy

France generates approximately 407,438 gigawatts of electricity from nuclear power, a total amount second only to the United States in pure power generated. [1] However, France receives …

November 24, 2015

An Update on the U.S. Crude Oil Export Ban: Is an end to the ban in sight?

In response to an ever-changing global energy market, the United States House of Representatives recently voted 261-158 to repeal a 40-year-old ban on crude oil exports.[1]  H.R. …

November 18, 2015

Fowl Play: Oil Industry Dodges Attack of the Prairie Chicken

On September 1, 2015, a Federal District Judge in the Western District of Texas vacated the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s designation of the lesser prairie chicken …

November 3, 2015

Surface Wind Farms Vs. Mineral Leases: Who wins?

As you glance over the rolling plains of West Texas, you will most certainly see wind turbines and pump-jacks. Both of these industries have historically represented a …

November 3, 2015

More Natural Gas, Less Coal: Texas’ Electricity Grid Reacts to Low Gas Prices and Regulatory Pressure

Emissions regulations and cheap natural gas prices are fueling an increase in the number of natural gas fired power plants in Texas. This trend is likely to …

October 27, 2015

An Unfamiliar Breeze: Nuisance and Texas Wind Law

Imagine that you spend millions of dollars and build your dream home as far away from civilization as possible. But then, one day, up pops a two …

February 18, 2015

Nuisance Easements: The New Cost of Doing Business in the Oil and Gas Industry

With the rise of hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling, oil and gas operations have transitioned from a predominately rural venture to one that is present in some …