The Evolving Law of Subsurface Trespass in Texas

The Evolving Law of Subsurface Trespass in Texas By Miguel Suazo and Chelsea Allen           In a long anticipated ruling, this month, the Texas Supreme Court held that an oil and gas operator who, with the surface owner’s permission, drills through the mineral estate to extract minerals from an adjoining leasehold, will not necessarily commit a …

Where to Start: New Mexico’s Evolving “Commencement of Drilling” Standard

Where to Start: New Mexico’s Evolving “Commencement of Drilling” Standard By Miguel Suazo and Chelsea Allen           The term “commencement of drilling operations” by a certain date or within a given period of time is a routine requirement of oil and gas leases and related agreements. The term has particular significance in the oil patch because …