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Enduro Operating, LLC v. Echo Production, Inc., 413 P.3d 866, 2018-NMSC-016 (2/15/2018) In Enduro v. Echo, the New Mexico Supreme Court reinstated its permissive commencement of operations standard, overruling the Appellate Court’s attempt to narrow the definition from “any activity.” The Supreme Court concluded that “a party may prove that it has actually commenced drilling…

We are excited to announce publication of our Louisiana Update 2016 in the Texas Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Law Section Report! Jeff Weems, the Section Report Editor, had this to say about the article: “Mr. Turner gives us a view of Louisiana law, providing a quick analysis of [Louisiana’s] statutory underpinning, reviewing recent case law,…

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…

First Baptist Church of Roswell, et al, v. Yates Petroleum Corp., 345 P.3d 310 (S. Ct.) 2/20/15 Conclusion: Interest must be paid on royalties held in suspense as the strong public policy in favor of lessors expressed in NMSA 1978 §70-10-4 prevents parties from contracting around the statute.  First Baptist Church of Roswell determines whether…