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  • A Preview of the 85th Texas Legislature
  • Statewide Members Meeting Minutes
  • TLMA Statewide Members Meeting a Success
  • TLMA Vice-Chairman Steps Down
  • TLMA and TSCRA File Amicus Brief in Exxon v. Lazy R Ranch
  • RRC Adopts Rule Changes Affecting Inactive Wells
  • The Crisis in Enforcing RRC Rules and Abandoned Wells
  • File a Complaint with the Railroad Commission
  • Railroad Commissioner Christi Craddick Announces Texas Oilfield Relief Initiative
  • Court Decides Landmark Groundwater Case
  • TLMA Proposes Revisions to Association Bylaws
  • TLMA Testifies at Senate and Sunset Committee Hearings
  • Meet the Speakers for the TLMA Statewide Members Meeting
  • TLMA Statewide Members Meeting Registration
 
June 2016
  • The Intersection of Oil and Gas Development and Urban Sprawl

  • Write to Your State Legislators!

  • TLMA Launches New Membership Website

  • TLMA Comments on Sunset Commission Staff Report

  • Primary Runoff Election Results

  • Statewide Members Meeting Registration

March 2016
  • Railroad Commission Primary Elections Head to Runoffs
  • Court Hands Down Final Decision in Chesapeake v. Hyder
  • TLMA Files Amicus Brief in Denbury Green Pipeline Case
  • Texas Supreme Court Declines TCEQ Appeal in Texas Farm Bureau Surface Water Rights Case
  • Well Reclassifications Could Affect Royalty Owners' Interest
  • Watch Out for Deceptive or Predatory Royalty Offers
  • Outstanding Service Award Goes to James Donnell
  • Membership Recruitment Award Goes to Tucker Bridwell

December 2015
  • Property Tax Rollbacks for Oil Pads on Agricultural Land
  • Two Key Cases Before the Texas Supreme Court
  • TWDB Requests Comments on Brackish Groundwater Study
  • TLMA Annual Awards Nominations
  • Texas House of Representatives Interim Charges
  • Texas Senate Interim Charges
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PAST NEWSLETTERS mOST REQUESTED AND ARTICLES OF INTEREST

 
4TH QUARTER 2016
 THE CRISIS IN ENFORCING RRC RULES AND ABANDONED WELLS

3RD QUARTER 2016
 COURT DECIDES LANDMARK GROUNDWATER CASE - COYOTE LAKE RANCH V. THE CITY OF LUBBOCK

2ND QUARTER 2016

 THE INTERSECTION OF OIL AND GAS DEVELOPMENT AND URBAN SPRAWL
 
1ST QUARTER 2016
 COURT HANDS DOWN FINAL DECISION IN CHESAPEAKE V. HYDER
 TX SUPREME COURT DECLINES TCEQ APPEAL IN TEXAS FARM BUREAU SURFACE WATER RIGHTS CASE
 WELL RECLASSIFICATIONS COULD AFFECT ROYALTY OWNERS’ INTERESTS

4TH QUARTER 2015
 PROPERTY TAX ROLLBACKS FOR OIL PADS ON AGRICULTURAL LAND

3RD QUARTER 2015
 SUPREME COURT RULES IN CHESAPEAKE V. HYDER
 STATE BEGINS IMPLEMENTING SWIFT AND SWIRFT PROGRAMS
 ARE GROUNDWATER WELLS FOR FRACKING EXEMPT FROM GCD PERMITTING?

2ND QUARTER 2015
 84TH LEGISLATIVE SESSION WRAP-UP
•  INDUCED SEISMICITY LINKED TO DISPOSAL WELLS
•  TEXAS LANDOWNER’S BILL OF RIGHTS
•  I RECEIVED A LETTER SAYING THEY’RE TAKING MY LAND…NOW WHAT?
 JUSTICES AGAIN AVOID UNDERGROUND TRESPASSING QUESTION

3RD QUARTER 2014
 FLARING IN THE EAGLE FORD

2ND QUARTER 2014
 BRACKISH GROUNDWATER: THINGS ARE HEATING UP
 $3 MILLION FOR NUISANCE IN BARNETT SHALE CASE

1ST QUARTER 2014
•  WHAT EVERY BUYER OF RURAL LAND SHOULD KNOW ABOUT OLD PROPERTY EASEMENT
 SALTWATER DISPOSAL WELL LEASING CONSIDERATIONS

4TH QUARTER 2013
 ALLOCATION WELL UPDATE
•  CHESAPEAKE AND POST-PRODUCTION COSTS
•  WHO OWNS ABANDONED PIPELINES
 EAGLE FORD ROADS

3RD QUARTER 2013
 ARE PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS DYING IN TEXAS?
 SECURING A RELIABLE WATER SUPPLY
 ALTERNATIVE FUELS PROGRAM AND THE OIL FIELD CLEANUP FUND
 TRANSMISSION LINES AND UTILITY ROUTING PROCESS

2ND QUARTER 2013
 COMMON CARRIERS POST-DENBURY GREEN: DISCUSSION OF BILLS FILED AND CONTINUING EFFORTS TO DRAFT LEGISLATION
 TEXAS WATER PLAN FUNDING: CREATION OF SWIFT AND SWIRFT
 RRC AMENDS RULE 13 NEW WELL-INTEGRITY REGULATIONS
•  “IN TEXAS ABANDONED OIL EQUIPMENT SPURS POLLUTION FEARS” (TEXAS TRIBUNE)

1ST QUARTER 2013
 DIVISION ORDER BILL: EXPLANATION OF TLMA BILL FILED BY HEGAR AND KEFFER
 RULE 13 PROPOSED CHANGES, TLMA LETTER SUPPORTING NEW REGULATIONS

4TH QUARTER 2012
 PRODUCTION SHARING AGREEMENTS AND ALLOCATION WELLS (MCFARLAND)
 DEFINITION OF MINERAL CLASSIFIED LANDS (FARMBROUGH)

3RD QUARTER 2012
•  OLIVIERA DECLARES PLAN TO ADDRESS DENBURY RULING WITH LEGISLATION IN THE 83RD SESSION
•  NEW RRC RULES ADOPTED CONTINUING “VOLUNTARY COMPLIANCE” RULE 13 AMENDMENTS PROPOSED
•  ENBRIDGE PIPELINE V. AVINGER: LONG-TERM GROUND LEASE AND VALUATION OF PROPERTY WHEN CONDEMNED (CHRISTIAN)

2ND QUARTER 2012
•  HB 2259 (2009) CLEAN UP OF ABANDONED WELLS NOT BEING ENFORCED BY RRC
•  GROUNDWATER DISTRICTS’ REGULATION OF WATER SUPPLY WELLS (MCFARLAND)
 MINERAL COVERAGE UNDER TEXAS TITLE INSURANCE POLICIES (WEINER)

1ST QUARTER 2012
•  RRC IMPLIES ALL OPERATORS ARE IN COMPLIANCE WITH WELL SITE CLEAN UP RULE FROM HB 2259, CORRESPONDENCE WITH RRC REGARDING ENFORCEMENT OF THE LAW
 TLMA LETTER TO RRC EXPRESSING DISAPPROVAL OF PROPOSED RULES AND KEEPING THE “VOLUNTARY COMPLIANCE” APPROACH
 EDWARDS AQUIFER V. DAY: LANDOWNERS’ RIGHTS IN GROUNDWATER AND CONSTITUTIONAL TAKINGS CLAIMS (MASON)
 RRC ADOPTS HYDRAULIC FRAC FLUID DISCLOSURE RULE

4TH QUARTER 2011
 HOUSE NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE INTERIM HEARING AND CHARGES

3RD QUARTER 2011
  RRC ANNOUNCES EAGLE FORD TASK FORCE
 GENERAL INFORMATION PERTAINING TO LEASE AND ROYALTIES (OUTLINE FROM RRC)

2ND QUARTER 2011
•  ESTATE PLANNING AND COMMUNICATION BETWEEN GENERATIONS (FOULTZ)
•  DIVISION ORDERS: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

1ST QUARTER 2011
 DENBURY GREEN PIPELINE CASE HEADS TO TEXAS SUPREME COURT (KORRIS)
•  RECONCILING MINERAL RIGHTS AND CONSERVATION EASEMENTS (FITZSIMMONS)
•  COLL V. ABACO: CLASS ACTION TO FORCE COMPANIES TO REIMBURSE ROYALTY OWNERS FOR SEVERANCE TAX REFUNDS
 JOINT STATEMENT ON SB 332 AND HB 1730: LANDOWNERS OWN THE GROUNDWATER BENEATH THEIR LAND

4TH QUARTER 2010
 RRC SUNSET REVIEW RECOMMENDATIONS

3RD QUARTER 2010
 EXPLANATION OF FORCED UNITIZATION AND WHY IT IS BAD POLICY FOR TEXAS (SMITHERMAN)
 JOINT STATEMENT ON GROUNDWATER OWNERSHIP
 THE EAGLE FORD SHALE FROM A LAND AND MINERAL OWNER’S PERSPECTIVE (FITZSIMONS)
 GATTIE ET AL V. LOUISIANA: CHALLENGES AUTHORITY TO POOL UNITS CONTAINING MULTIPLE WELLS (MCFARLAND)

4TH QUARTER 2007
•  RRC ANNOUNCES $2.8 MILLION IN ADDITIONAL FUNDING FOR OIL FIELD CLEAN-UP FUND
•  TXDOT RELEASES ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT FOR TRANS-TEXAS CORRIDOR
•  “TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT PLANS MAJOR CUTBACKS” (STATESMAN)

3RD QUARTER 2007
 WESTERN STATES ADOPTING SURFACE USE ACTS