January 19, 2015

Hooks v. Samson: A Bold Prediction on Overcoming the Discovery Rule

Mineral owners across the state of Texas collectively hold their breath in anticipation of the Texas Supreme Court’s decision in Hooks v. Samson Lone Star, Ltd.[1] The …

January 19, 2015

Exporting Condensates

The Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) recently issued private advisory opinions (AOs) approving two energy companies’ plans to export lightly processed condensate. This …

January 19, 2015

Denton’s Municipal Fracing Ban

On November 4, 2014, residents of Denton, Texas will vote on the state’s first ban on hydraulic fracturing (“fracing”).[1] However, under state law, the Railroad Commission of …

October 19, 2014

Perfecting a Security Interest in As-Extracted Collateral

On June 6, 2014, West Virginia modified the language of its statute regarding the duration of effectiveness of a record of a mortgage serving as a financing …

October 19, 2014

Does the Wind Energy Industry Need the Federal Tax Credit to Survive?

  The wind energy industry currently benefits from a federal tax credit that allows wind energy projects to reduce their federal taxes by 2.3 cents per kilowatt-hour …

October 11, 2014

Economic and Environmental Implications of Mexico’s Energy Reform

Amber, Eli – Final Draft – Latest Updated Version, Blog, Mexico Energy Reform – EDITED.docx         In December 2013, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto …

February 24, 2014

Texas Regulators and Lawmakers Seek to Solve Hydraulic Fracturing’s Water Problem

By Eli Amber – 2L   The United States has seen a resurgence in oil and gas activity due to hydraulic fracturing. Hydraulic fracturing involves injecting fluids …

February 24, 2014

The Utica Shale: Finally Living Up to the Hype?

By Carly Gaines – 2L   In what has been one of the most anticipated, if not uncertain, areas of shale development for North America, the Utica …

February 24, 2014

Are Injection Wells Causing Earthquakes?

By Leslie Vaughn – 2L   A rise in lawsuits related to earthquakes allegedly causing by hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” has sparked a debate about the substantive …

February 24, 2014

Sell the Surplus – Relaxing Regulations on Crude Exports

By Barrett Robin – 2L   U.S. Gulf Coast refineries are beginning to receive surplus crude as a result of the recent boom in domestic oil production, as …