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New Mexico is currently facing a budget crisis due to the downturn in oil prices. Fortunately for the State Land Office, Section 19.2.10.7(G) of the New Mexico Administrative Code authorizes the State Land Commissioner to periodically review the easement price schedule, and review it he has. As of January 20, 2017, Commissioner Aubrey Dunn has…

The Singing Christians/Mercy River Boys (Wayne Christian, far right) Former State Representative and Grammy finalist country musician Wayne Christian took the oath of office January 9, 2017 to become Texas’ newest Railroad Commissioner. Christian vowed to protect the industry and reduce burdensome regulations and will work along side Chairman Christi Craddick and former primary foe…

Copyright Margaret Wright Generally, Texas courts apply a two-pronged test when determining whether an oil and gas lease is producing in paying quantities. First, the court will examine whether the well has operated at a profit over a reasonable period of time after deducting operating and marketing expenses. If so, no further inquiry is necessary….

Originally published in the Permian Basin Landmen’s Association January 2017 Newsletter As a quick review, an allocation well is a well drilled across multiple leases, held by a common lessee, without pooling authority. The Texas Railroad Commission has determined that an applicant for a permit to drill a well across lease lines does not need…