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2020 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 features sessions on production and marketing; royalty disputes; co-tenancy; division orders; JOA; maintaining the secondary term of the lease; general surface usage; an overview of the Texas Railroad Commission; and more. 

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:
7.00 | 0.75 ethics     Credit Info
Specialization: Administrative Law | Oil, Gas and Mineral Law | Real Estate Law

TX MCLE credit expires: 3/31/2021

Includes: Video Audio Paper Slides

$325  

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1. Railroad Commission Regulation and Practice Update (Apr 2020)

Glenn E. Johnson

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Video (mp4) 50 mins
Audio (mp3) 50 mins
Paper (pdf) 16 pgs
Slides (pdf) 39 pgs

SESSION 1 — 50 mins, credit 0.75

Session 1:

Railroad Commission Regulation and Practice Update (Apr 2020)

Address the recent changes in regulation of the oil and gas, and pipeline industries in Texas, with emphasis on issues regarding permitting of producing wells, the transfer of inactive wells, saltwater disposal well permitting, good faith claim to title disputes, natural gas flaring exceptions, and pipeline regulations.

Originally presented at: Mar 2020 Fundamentals of Oil, Gas and Mineral Law

Glenn E. Johnson, Kelly Hart & Hallman LLP - Austin, TX

2. You Have an Oil Well, Now What? (Apr 2020)

Michael L. Wiggins

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Video (mp4) 46 mins
Audio (mp3) 45 mins
Slides (pdf) 25 pgs

SESSION 2 — 46 mins, credit 0.75

Session 2:

You Have an Oil Well, Now What? (Apr 2020)

Eddie Chiles once said, “If you don’t have an oil well, get one.” But what comes next? Is that revenue check correct? Are production volumes properly allocated? Bashed by an offset well? A review of issues encountered during the life of an oil or gas well.

Originally presented at: Mar 2020 Fundamentals of Oil, Gas and Mineral Law

Michael L. Wiggins, William M. Cobb & Associates, Inc. - Dallas, TX

3. Emerging and Re-emerging Issues in the Use of the Surface for Oil and Gas Operations (Apr 2020)

Austin W. Brister

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Video (mp4) 45 mins
Audio (mp3) 45 mins
Paper (pdf) 34 pgs
Slides (pdf) 19 pgs

SESSION 3 — 45 mins, credit 0.75

Session 3:

Emerging and Re-emerging Issues in the Use of the Surface for Oil and Gas Operations (Apr 2020)

Explore the nature and extent of the implied easement to use the surface, and a framework for analyzing the accommodation doctrine. Also hear a survey of emerging and re-emerging issues involving conflicting uses of the surface estate, including saltwater disposal operations, hunting operations, and subsurface easements. 

Originally presented at: Mar 2020 Fundamentals of Oil, Gas and Mineral Law

Austin W. Brister, McGinnis Lochridge - Houston, TX

4. The Uses and Abuses of the Division Order (Apr 2020)

Michael D. Jones

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Video (mp4) 29 mins
Audio (mp3) 29 mins
Paper (pdf) 41 pgs
Slides (pdf) 24 pgs

SESSION 4 — 29 mins, credit 0.50

Session 4:

The Uses and Abuses of the Division Order (Apr 2020)

Neither a contract nor a conveyance, a shield but not a sword.

Originally presented at: Mar 2020 Fundamentals of Oil, Gas and Mineral Law

Michael D. Jones, Jones Gill Porter Crawford & Crawford LLP - Houston, TX

5. Communication with Opposing Counsel and Landowners (Apr 2020)

Keith B. Hall

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Video (mp4) 46 mins
Audio (mp3) 46 mins
Paper (pdf) 30 pgs
Slides (pdf) 30 pgs

SESSION 5 — 46 mins, credit 0.75 | 0.75 ethics

Session 5:

Communication with Opposing Counsel and Landowners (Apr 2020)

Common law rules, the fields of tort and contract, as well as rules of professional ethics, govern a lawyer’s or landman’s negotiations on behalf of a client.  By remaining mindful of these rules, including how the rules differ depending on whether you are negotiating with opposing counsel or a landowner, you can stay out of trouble and better serve your client.

Originally presented at: Mar 2020 Fundamentals of Oil, Gas and Mineral Law

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

6. Post-Production Royalty Disputes (Apr 2020)

Ricardo E. Morales

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Video (mp4) 45 mins
Audio (mp3) 45 mins
Paper (pdf) 24 pgs
Slides (pdf) 19 pgs

SESSION 6 — 45 mins, credit 0.75

Session 6:

Post-Production Royalty Disputes (Apr 2020)

With the ubiquity of custom oil and gas leases with complex royalty clauses, this presentation will discuss common post-production disputes that arise under these clauses and Texas courts’ recent attempts to resolve those disputes.

Originally presented at: Mar 2020 Fundamentals of Oil, Gas and Mineral Law

Ricardo E. Morales, Person, Mohrer, Morales, Boddy, Garcia & Gutierrez PLLC - Laredo, TX

7. Introduction of Co-Tenancy Accounting (Apr 2020)

William B. Burford

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Video (mp4) 32 mins
Audio (mp3) 32 mins
Paper (pdf) 21 pgs

SESSION 7 — 32 mins, credit 0.50

Session 7:

Introduction of Co-Tenancy Accounting (Apr 2020)

An overview of the rights and obligations of mineral cotenants with regard to one another where there is no agreement between them, with particular focus on how a developing cotenant must account to an unleased or uncommitted mineral cotenant who does not participate in the cost of operating.

Originally presented at: Mar 2020 Fundamentals of Oil, Gas and Mineral Law

William B. Burford, Kelly Hart & Hallman LLP - Midland, TX

8. Midstream 101: A Primer on Understanding Midstream Contracts and Identifying Key Issues (Apr 2020)

Jesse S. Lotay, Yenmi Tang

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Video (mp4) 29 mins
Audio (mp3) 29 mins
Paper (pdf) 15 pgs
Slides (pdf) 11 pgs

SESSION 8 — 29 mins, credit 0.50

Session 8:

Midstream 101: A Primer on Understanding Midstream Contracts and Identifying Key Issues (Apr 2020)

Explore midstream transactions and the contracts commonly utilized in the industry to gather, transport, and process oil and gas. Work through commercial and regulatory considerations and key issues when drafting midstream contracts.

Originally presented at: Mar 2020 Fundamentals of Oil, Gas and Mineral Law

Jesse S. Lotay, Jackson Walker LLP - Houston, TX
Yenmi Tang, Jackson Walker, LLP - Houston, TX

9. JOA Negotiation: Operator and Non-Operator Perspectives (Apr 2020)

Scott Lansdown, Jeff Weems

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Video (mp4) 47 mins
Audio (mp3) 46 mins
Slides (pdf) 13 pgs

SESSION 9 — 47 mins, credit 0.75

Session 9:

JOA Negotiation: Operator and Non-Operator Perspectives (Apr 2020)

Review key provisions of the American Association of Petroleum Landmen 610 Model Form Operating Agreement from both the operator’s and non-operator’s perspectives.

Originally presented at: Mar 2020 Fundamentals of Oil, Gas and Mineral Law

Scott Lansdown, XTO Energy Inc. - Spring, TX
Jeff Weems, Staff Weems LLP - Houston, TX

10. It Ain’t Over Till It’s Over: Maintaining a Lease During the Secondary Term Under a Variety of Lease Provisions (Apr 2020)

Paul B. Westbrook

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Video (mp4) 45 mins
Audio (mp3) 45 mins
Paper (pdf) 31 pgs
Slides (pdf) 27 pgs

SESSION 10 — 45 mins, credit 0.75

Session 10:

It Ain’t Over Till It’s Over: Maintaining a Lease During the Secondary Term Under a Variety of Lease Provisions (Apr 2020)

An overview of how a lease is perpetuated during the secondary term under a variety of lease provisions, such as continuous operations, shut-in, dry-hole, reworking, pooling, continuous development, force majeure, paying quantities, and other common savings clauses.    

Originally presented at: Mar 2020 Fundamentals of Oil, Gas and Mineral Law

Paul B. Westbrook, Harris, Finley & Bogle, P.C. - Fort Worth, TX

11. Marketing Contracts (Apr 2020)

Thomasine Lowry Pantazis

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Video (mp4) 22 mins
Audio (mp3) 22 mins
Slides (pdf) 10 pgs

SESSION 11 — 22 mins, credit 0.25

Session 11:

Marketing Contracts (Apr 2020)

A quick primer on practices for marketing crude oil and natural gas.

Originally presented at: Mar 2020 Fundamentals of Oil, Gas and Mineral Law

Thomasine Lowry Pantazis, ConocoPhillips Company - Houston, TX