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2019 Fundamentals of Oil, Gas and Mineral Law eConference

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UT Law CLE's Fundamentals of Oil, Gas and Mineral Law brings together a distinguished faculty of both academics and practitioners for a series of presentations designed to provide a comprehensive overview of oil and gas legal issues.

The program opens with the definitive primer on how to drill an oil or gas well and continues with sessions on the Rule of Capture, Texas Title Examination Standards, oil and gas interests and conveyancing, the Joint Operating Agreement, voluntary pooling and unitization, and the Railroad Commission. Also learn all you need to know about an oil and gas lease with a four-session series, including classification, royalty and other clauses and implied covenants.

This program is jointly presented by The University of Texas School of Law and The Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Law Section of the State Bar of Texas.
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Total Credit Hours:
8.00 | 0.75 ethics     Credit Info
Specialization: Administrative Law | Oil, Gas and Mineral Law | Real Estate Law

TX MCLE credit expires: 3/31/2020

Includes: Video Audio Paper Slides

$300  

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1. So You Want to Drill Your Own Oil Well? An Oil and Gas Drilling Primer (Apr 2019)

Frank N. Cusimano III

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Video (mp4) 31 mins
Audio (mp3) 31 mins
Slides (pdf) 14 pgs

SESSION 1 — 31 mins, credit 0.50

Session 1:

So You Want to Drill Your Own Oil Well? An Oil and Gas Drilling Primer (Apr 2019)

Hear an overview of the process of finding oil and gas and bringing it to the surface, as well as some of the needed agreements.

Originally presented at: Mar 2019 Fundamentals of Oil, Gas and Mineral Law

Frank N. Cusimano III, Chevron North America Exploration and Production Company - Houston, TX

2. The Rule of Capture, Correlative Rights and Principles of Conservation (Apr 2019)

Patrick H. Martin

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Video (mp4) 45 mins
Audio (mp3) 45 mins
Paper (pdf) 65 pgs
Slides (pdf) 34 pgs

SESSION 2 — 45 mins, credit 0.75

Session 2:

The Rule of Capture, Correlative Rights and Principles of Conservation (Apr 2019)

Examine the effects of the Rule of Capture, and discuss well spacing, production limitations, pooling and unitization, and related environmental regulation. Hear a description of agency rules and regulations, rule-making and adjudication procedures, along with a judicial review of agency actions including the concepts of collateral attack, exhaustion of administrative remedies, primary jurisdiction, and standards of deference.

Originally presented at: Mar 2019 Fundamentals of Oil, Gas and Mineral Law

Patrick H. Martin, Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center - Baton Rouge, LA

3. The Oil and Gas Lease, Part I: Classification, Scope of Grant and Duration (Apr 2019)

John Beckworth

1.00 0.25 0.00 1.00 | 0.25 ethics  

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Video (mp4) 57 mins
Audio (mp3) 57 mins
Slides (pdf) 20 pgs

SESSION 3 — 57 mins, credit 1.00 | 0.25 ethics

Session 3:

The Oil and Gas Lease, Part I: Classification, Scope of Grant and Duration (Apr 2019)

An in-depth focus on how an oil and gas lease is classified in law and on the key clauses of the lease.

Originally presented at: Mar 2019 Fundamentals of Oil, Gas and Mineral Law

John Beckworth, The University of Texas School of Law - Austin, TX

4. Texas Title Examination Standards: Introduction and Practical Exercises (Apr 2019)

Allen D. Cummings

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Video (mp4) 44 mins
Audio (mp3) 44 mins
Slides (pdf) 34 pgs

SESSION 4 — 44 mins, credit 0.75

Session 4:

Texas Title Examination Standards: Introduction and Practical Exercises (Apr 2019)

Take a look at the use of Title Examination Standards to address common defects, exceptions, and errors found in the chain of title to land. Explore the language of the standards, times when they are applicable, and the commentary of applicable law for each standard. Take part in a few practical examination exercises using actual situations encountered in title examination.

Originally presented at: Mar 2019 Fundamentals of Oil, Gas and Mineral Law

Allen D. Cummings, Attorney at Law - Austin, TX

5. Overview of Railroad Commission Regulations (Apr 2019)

Brian R. Sullivan, PE

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Video (mp4) 44 mins
Audio (mp3) 44 mins
Slides (pdf) 21 pgs

SESSION 5 — 44 mins, credit 0.75

Session 5:

Overview of Railroad Commission Regulations (Apr 2019)

Review the important Railroad Commission rules and the recent amendments to the rules.

Originally presented at: Mar 2019 Fundamentals of Oil, Gas and Mineral Law

Brian R. Sullivan, PE, McElroy, Sullivan, Miller & Weber, LLP - Austin, TX

6. The Oil and Gas Lease, Part II: The Royalty Clause in an Oil and Gas Lease (Apr 2019)

Tara Righetti

0.75 0.25 0.00 0.75 | 0.25 ethics  

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Video (mp4) 43 mins
Audio (mp3) 43 mins
Paper (pdf) 20 pgs
Slides (pdf) 8 pgs

SESSION 6 — 43 mins, credit 0.75 | 0.25 ethics

Session 6:

The Oil and Gas Lease, Part II: The Royalty Clause in an Oil and Gas Lease (Apr 2019)

In Texas, the calculation of the royalty obligation created under an oil and gas lease is determined by looking at the specific language contained in the royalty clause. Royalty terms in the lease such as "market value at the well" or "amount realized" establish how the royalty payor must measure and calculate royalty, and what post production costs can be allocated to the lessor interest. Review some of the principal phrases used to describe such obligations and how the Texas courts have interpreted them, and examine how that same language has been interpreted differently in other jurisdictions. Also analyze the impact of division and transfer orders and royalty payment statutes on royalty obligations contained in the lease.

Originally presented at: Mar 2019 Fundamentals of Oil, Gas and Mineral Law

Tara Righetti, University of Wyoming College of Law - Laramie, WY

7. Oil and Gas Conveyancing and Interests in Oil and Gas (Apr 2019)

Laura H. Burney

1.00 0.25 0.00 1.00 | 0.25 ethics  

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Video (mp4) 62 mins
Audio (mp3) 62 mins
Paper (pdf) 35 pgs
Slides (pdf) 30 pgs

SESSION 7 — 62 mins, credit 1.00 | 0.25 ethics

Session 7:

Oil and Gas Conveyancing and Interests in Oil and Gas (Apr 2019)

Explore the terms used to convey mineral and royalty interests and the issues that arise in drafting and interpreting these conveyances.

Originally presented at: Mar 2019 Fundamentals of Oil, Gas and Mineral Law

Laura H. Burney, St. Mary's University School of Law - San Antonio, TX

8. The Oil and Gas Lease, Part III: Implied Covenants (Apr 2019)

Keith B. Hall

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Video (mp4) 46 mins
Audio (mp3) 46 mins
Paper (pdf) 46 pgs
Slides (pdf) 42 pgs

SESSION 8 — 46 mins, credit 0.75

Session 8:

The Oil and Gas Lease, Part III: Implied Covenants (Apr 2019)

Examine the law of implied covenants, including the duties imposed, elements necessary to establish a claim, and remedies and defenses available.

Originally presented at: Mar 2019 Fundamentals of Oil, Gas and Mineral Law

Keith B. Hall, Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center - Baton Rouge, LA

9. Voluntary Pooling and Unitization (Apr 2019)

Carroll G. Martin

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Video (mp4) 31 mins
Audio (mp3) 31 mins
Paper (pdf) 53 pgs
Slides (pdf) 29 pgs

SESSION 9 — 31 mins, credit 0.50

Session 9:

Voluntary Pooling and Unitization (Apr 2019)

Review voluntary pooling as authorized in an oil and gas lease which allows the lessee to combine acreage under one lease with acreage underlying adjacent tracts. Also, explore the voluntary unitization statute in Texas under which the Railroad Commission approves field‑wide units, which may combine acreage from numerous tracts and leases for the purpose of enhanced recovery or re-pressuring operations.

Originally presented at: Mar 2019 Fundamentals of Oil, Gas and Mineral Law

Carroll G. Martin, Scott Douglass & McConnico LLP - Austin, TX

10. The Oil and Gas Lease, Part IV: Other Clauses (Apr 2019)

Thomas A. Daily

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Video (mp4) 23 mins
Audio (mp3) 23 mins
Paper (pdf) 33 pgs
Slides (pdf) 6 pgs

SESSION 10 — 23 mins, credit 0.50

Session 10:

The Oil and Gas Lease, Part IV: Other Clauses (Apr 2019)

Review other clauses in an oil and gas lease, including surface use clauses and riders, retained acreage and proportionate reduction clauses, and savings clauses such as continuous operations, dry hole, force majeure, and shut-in gas royalty clauses.

Originally presented at: Mar 2019 Fundamentals of Oil, Gas and Mineral Law

Thomas A. Daily, Daily & Woods, P.L.L.C. - Fort Smith, AR

11. The Joint Operating Agreement (JOA) (Apr 2019)

John S. Lowe

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Video (mp4) 46 mins
Audio (mp3) 45 mins
Paper (pdf) 41 pgs
Paper (pdf) 26 pgs
Paper (pdf) 47 pgs
Slides (pdf) 26 pgs

SESSION 11 — 46 mins, credit 0.75

Session 11:

The Joint Operating Agreement (JOA) (Apr 2019)

Hear an overview of the important components of a JOA, completion of and additions to the Form JOA, and issues that arise in the application of the JOA provisions to exploration and production activities.

Originally presented at: Mar 2019 Fundamentals of Oil, Gas and Mineral Law

John S. Lowe, Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law - Dallas, TX