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  The recent Forbes article Permania by James Conca included the best map of Permian formations I’ve yet to see. The article can be accessed HERE. The map is below (courtesy of Tarka.com).

Enduro Operating, LLC, v. Echo Production, Inc., et al, 2016-NMCA-34,581 & 34,918 (NM Ct. App 2016). Survey and staking of a well site prior to a JOA-defined 30 day consent clause and a 90 day commencement clause (120 days total) combined with back-room operations during the 120 day period did not constitute commencement of operations…

My wife often chides me for thinking Midland, Texas is the epicenter of the universe. I imagine everyone feels that way about their hometown. Turns out, Midland, Texas really is the center of the (oil and gas) universe (in the continental United States), to the tune of an additional 20 Billion barrels of recoverable oil,…

New (And Improved?) BLM Onshore Orders Nos. 3, 4 and 5  The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) recently announced the update of Onshore Oil and Gas Orders 3 (new part 3173), 4 (new part 3174), and 5 (new part 3175), after a seven-year effort to address concerns raised by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the…

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,…

This is a wonderful guide to the various Permian formations found in West Texas and Eastern New Mexico. It does not, however, have anything to do with the outstanding Permian Panthers football team slated to open their season August 26th against Austin Vandergriff. MOJO Rising! With apologies to my Midland brethren, the Permian Football Schedule can…

Hook ‘Em: University Lands The State of Texas retained title to all vacant and unappropriated lands upon admission to the Union in 1845. Subsequently, the Texas Constitution of 1876 set aside 1 million acres of land for the benefit and glory of the University of Texas. The Texas Legislature enlarged this grant by an additional…