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I’m fresh off the plane from the AAPL Santa Fe Land Institute and must commend the event planners for a well-organized and informative seminar. Patrick L. Padilla, Assistant Commissioner, Mineral Resources, New Mexico State Land Office gave a great update on the SLO. Below are some of the key points: Shut-in Wells: Proposed 19.2.100 New…

If you haven’t seen the wonderful interview with Professor A. N. Yiannopoulos in the June/July 2016 issue of the Louisiana Bar Journal, I suggest you click HERE. I first encountered Professor Yiannopoulos as a common law trained attorney diving headfirst into a 500,000-acre oil and gas project covering lands in North Louisiana. All the words…

Carlsbad Resource Management Plans, They Are a Changing The Bureau of Land Management’s Carlsbad, New Mexico Field Office is in the process of revising its Resource Management Plan (RMP). An RMP categorizes allocations (uses) that are allowable, constrained or prohibited on public lands. The current RMP has been in effect for twenty years. A revision,…

Recent Earthquakes in Oklahoma Residents of Pawnee, Oklahoma got a rude awakening 7:02 a. m. Saturday morning (9/3/16) as a 5.6 magnitude earthquake shook the area. Fortunately, there are no reports of any injuries or deaths and property damage was minimal. A historical building, however, did shed a layer of limestone, but it is unknown…

                    In examining title to Federal lands in New Mexico, I came across the following clause contained in Federal oil and gas leases: “…Extraction of Helium – Lessor reserves the option of extracting or having extracted helium from gas production in a manner specified and by…

Earthworks Oil & Gas Accountability Project, et al, v. New Mexico Conservation Commission, et al, 2016-NMCA-055 (Cert. Den. 4/15/16). The Appellate Court affirmed the 2013 changes to the “Pit Rule” in concluding that a pending appeal of the 2008 Rule and the 2009 Amendment to the Pit Rule did not remove the New Mexico Oil…