Texas Railroad Commission Asks Texas Attorney General to Challenge the EPA’s Methane Rules

UPDATE! A recent Alert discussed EPA’s rules regulating methane emissions from oil and gas production and related facilities.  On June 7, 2016, all three commissioners of the Railroad Commission of Texas (which regulates oil and gas production in Texas) requested that the Texas Attorney General file a Petition for Review challenging those regulations.  The Railroad […]

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Texas Supreme Court Reverses Trade Secret Award, But Allows Another Opportunity to Prove Damages

The Texas Supreme Court issued another trade secret decision on June 10, 2016. In Southwestern Energy Production Company v. Helfand, the Court reversed an award of over $11 million, but has allowed Helfand a second opportunity to prove damages at a new trial. Helfund presented confidential, trade secret data to Southwestern Energy Production Company (“SEPCO”) […]

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Texas Supreme Court Applies Accommodation Doctrine to Groundwater Leases

The Texas Supreme Court adopted the “accommodation doctrine” in a groundwater lease case. In doing so, the Court held that the person owning the right to produce groundwater must exercise its rights with due regard for the surface owner’s rights. The Court’s decision in Coyote Lake Ranch v. City of Lubbock appears consistent with a […]

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