Texas

March 4, 2016

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission v. Electric Power Supply Association: The Case and What it Means for You

On January 25, 2016, the United States Supreme Court issued an opinion allowing the federal government to provide incentives for large energy consumers to reduce their power …

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 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

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 …

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

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 …