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Changes are afoot at the Louisiana Office of Mineral Resources as the State Mineral and Energy Board’s Lease Form Sub-committee met in an informational session July 7, 2016 to review the Proposed New Lease Form. Highlights of the changes include: Liquidated damages equal to double the annual rental payment where lessee fails to commence secondary…

Potash is an abundant source for potassium and related salts, and is an essential nutrient for food crops (think fertilizer). Its name is derived from the historical method of production that involved leaching wood ash in large pots and scraping the white residue from the side of the pot. As a consequence, potash is pronounced…

The misapplication of basic Texas property law (primarily by one South Texas attorney) has led to extensive controversy regarding unclaimed mineral proceeds from lands patented by the Spanish Crown, Mexico, the Republic of Texas and the State of Texas. In response to the controversy, the Texas Legislature passed HB 724 in 2013 that created the…

Effective June 30, 2016, the New Mexico State Land Office has updated its fees. Note there is a grace period until September 1, 2016 as “…a Division may collect and distribute a fee paid in the amount shown on an existing form that had not been changed to reflect the amount shown on the attached…