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  • 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

 
2ND QUARTER 2016
 THE INTERSECTION OF OIL AND GAS DEVELOPMENT AND URBAN SPRAWL
  TLMA COMMENTS ON SUNSET COMMISSION STAFF REPORT
 
1ST QUARTER 2016  
 COURT HANDS DOWN FINAL DECISION IN CHESAPEAKE V. HYDER
 TLMA FILES AMICUS BRIEF IN DENBURY GREEN PIPELINE CASE
 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
 TWO KEY CASES BEFORE THE TEXAS SUPREME COURT
 TWDB REQUESTS COMMENTS ON BRACKISH GROUNDWATER STUDY

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

4TH QUARTER 2014
 A LOOK AT THE 84TH LEGISLATURE
 CHESAPEAKE V. HYDER

3RD QUARTER 2014  
 COMMENTS SENT TO RRC ON COMMON CARRIER PIPELINE RULE
 FLARING IN THE EAGLE FORD

2ND QUARTER 2014  
 BRACKISH GROUNDWATER: THINGS ARE HEATING UP
 TX SUPREME COURT TO HEAR HOOKS V. SAMSON
 $3 MILLION FOR NUISANCE IN BARNETT SHALE CASE

1ST QUARTER 2014  
 HOUSE ENERGY RESOURCES INTERIM CHARGES
•  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
 SOUTH TEXAS GETS OFF TXDOT’S GRAVEL LIST

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
 WRAP UP OF 83RD LEGISLATURE SESSION BILLS TRACKED RAILROAD COMMISSION SUNSET, FORCED UTILIZATION, DIVISION RDER BILL
•  “IN TEXAS ABANDONED OIL EQUIPMENT SPURS POLLUTION FEARS” (TEXAS TRIBUNE)
 HOOKS V. SAMSON LONE STAR: TLMA FILES AMICUS BRIEF REGARDING STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS FOR FRAUDULENT REPRESENTATIONS BY LESSEE (MCFARLAND)

1ST QUARTER 2013  
 DIVISION ORDER BILL: EXPLANATION OF TLMA BILL FILED BY HEGAR AND KEFFER
 BRIEFS OF BILLS TLMA IS TRACING DURING THE 83RD LEGISLATIVE SESSION
 RULE 13 PROPOSED CHANGES, TLMA LETTER SUPPORTING NEW REGULATIONS
•  LASALLAE PIPELINE V. DONNELL LANDS: SUBSTANTIAL REMAINDER DAMAGES IN PIPELINE CONDEMNATION CASES (MCFARLAND)

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
•  LETTER FROM COMPTROLLER COMBS REGARDING HER EFFORTS TO PROTECT PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS
•  ENBRIDGE PIPELINE V. AVINGER: LONG-TERM GROUND LEASE AND VALUATION OF PROPERTY WHEN CONDEMNED (CHRISTIAN)

2ND QUARTER 2012  
•  HOUSE ENERGY RESOURCES COMMITTEE INTERIM HEARING AND CHARGES
•  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
 DENBURY RULING AFFIRMED BY TEXAS SUPREME COURT
 TLMA FILES AMICUS BRIEFS FOR ENBRIDGE PIPELINES V. AVINGER (LONG-TERM GROUND LEASE AND VALUATION OF PROPERTY WHEN CONDEMNED) AND LASALLE PIPELINE V. DONNELL (SUBSTANTIAL REMAINDER DAMAGES IN PIPELINE CONDEMNATION CASES)
 TLMA LETTER TO RR EXPRESSING DISAPPROVAL OF PROPOSED RILES AND KEEPNG THE “VOLUNTARY COMPLIANCE” APPROACH
 EDWARDS AQUIFER V. DAY: LANDOWNERS’ RIGHTS IN GROUNDWATER AND CONSTITUTIONAL TAKINGS CLAIMS (MASON)
 RRC ADOPTS HYDRAULIC FRAC FLUID DISCLOSURE RULE
 “STATE OKS 50-YEAR WATER PLAN” (STATESMAN)
•  LIST OF OIL AND GAS INTERNET RESOURCES

4TH QUARTER 2011
 HOUSE NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE INTERIM HEARING AND CHARGES
•  SAMSON ONE STAR V. HOOKS: COURT HOLDS LANDOWNER CLAIM BARRED BY STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS, FRAUD ON PART OF LESSEE DOES NOT TOLL LIMITATIONS (MCFARLAND)
•  “AS PIPELINES MULTIPLY, MORE EMINENT DOMAIN FIGHTS LIKELY” (HOUSTON CHRONICLE)
•  “PRELIMINARY STUDY SAYS MINIMAL IMPACT FROM FRACKING” (STATESMAN)

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

2ND QUARTER 2011
 WRAP UP OF 82ND LEGISLATIVE SESSION: NPRI ALLOTMENT, EMINENT DOMAIN, APPEALS PROCESS FOR FAILURE TO CLEAN UP ABANDONED WELL SITES, FORCED UNITIZATION, RAILROAD COMMISSION SUNSET REVIEW, GROUNDWATER PROPERTY RIGHTS
•  ESTATE PLANNING AND COMMUNICATION BETWEEN GENERATIONS (FOULTZ)
•  DIVISION ORDERS: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

1ST QUARTER 2011
 BILLS FILED IN 82ND LEGISLATIVE SESSION
 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
 TMA FILES AMICUS BRIEF IN BP V. MARSHALL: MINERAL LESSEES ACQUIRING TITLE BY ADVERSE POSSESSION (MCFARLAND) 2ND QUARTER 2010
 HEADS UP ON FORCED UNITIZATION AND CO2 SEQUESTRATION POTENTIAL LEGISLATION
 THE EAGLE FOR SHALE FROM A LAND AND MINERAL OWNER’S PERSPECTIVE (FITZSIMONS)
 GATTIE ET AL V. LOUISIANA: CHALLENGES AUTHORITY TO POOL UNITS CONTAINING MULTIPLE WELLS (MCFARLAND)
   “EXXON’S OOZING TEXAS OIL PUTS HAUNT RESIDENTS AS XTO DEAL NEARS” (BLOOMBERG NEWS)

4TH QUARTER 2007
 INTERIM COMMITTEE CHARGES
•  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