Monthly Archives: May 2017

Oil and Gas Update for Week Ending 5/26/2017 – PA Production Up, Drilling Down; TX Surface Owner’s Ability to Authorize Horizontal Drilling Through Severed Mineral Estate; Fifth Circuit Interprets Risk Penalty Provisions in LA Forced Pooling Statue.

Natural gas spot prices dropped since our last report despite rising oil prices and more rigs nationally and regionally.  In Pennsylvania, the PADEP issued its annual report for oil and gas operations indicating an increase in production despite the fewest well permits and wells drilled since 2008.  In other news, PADEP Secretary McDonnell can drop the “Acting” label from his title following a unanimous state senate vote to confirm his permanent appointment as the agency’s leader.  At the federal level, the D.C. Circuit hit the pause button on legal challenges to Obama-era rules targeting methane emissions from new oil and gas sources following the Trump Administration’s vow to review the rule as part of a planned overhaul of federal regulatory

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Oil and Gas Update for Week Ending 5/5/2017 – Attacks on Class Arbitration for Royalty Litigation in PA, TX Supremes Block Lease Busting Attempt, and TX Appellate Court Addresses Conveyance of Mineral vs. Royalty Interests

Oil prices based on the Brent Crude and West Texas Intermediate indices dropped significantly since our last report while natural gas spot prices rose slightly.  The national rig count remains steadily climbing except that the count in the Marcellus/Utica region dropped for the first time in several months.  In other news, oil and gas lessees go on the attack to send class actions to individual arbitration in Appalachia while Texas courts address lease busting attempts and the confusion over conveyances of mineral interests vs. royalty interests.  Here’s your week in review: About The Author

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Oil and Gas Update for Week Ending 4/28/2017 – CPP Litigation on Hold, “Fraction Of” Royalty Interests in North Dakota, and a Challenge to PADEP Permit Conditions for Injection Wells.

After a few weeks off, we are back at the well.  Natural gas and oil prices are down since our last report and the rig count in the Marcellus/Utica regions remains flat despite the increase in rig activity nationwide.  In Appalachia, a well operator challenged PADEP’s permit conditions purportedly designed to address possible seismic activities in connection with injection wells, and the Superior Court rejects the “stranger rule” for interpreting deeds reserving oil and gas interests for a husband and wife.  Elsewhere, the D.C. Circuit put the Clean Power Plan litigation on hold given the Trump Administration’s commitment to review and possibly rescind regulations, and the North Dakota Supreme Court addresses “fraction of” royalty interest disputes. Here’s your week in

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Welcome to At the Well Weekly, a blog designed for busy folks in the oil and gas industry. If you haven’t read a thing during the week, our hope is that you can breeze through the update and be up to speed on the basics such as current rig counts, commodity prices, and case law updates on legal issues of interest in Appalachia and elsewhere.
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