05/16/2013 - Recent Litigation and Court Cases Affecting the Oil and Gas Upstream Business
A discussion of recent legal developments in the courthouse, legislation and regulatory bodies in the upstream sector of the oil and gas industry, as well as the author's sense of what the future portends for legal purposes in this sector of the oil and gas industry.
04/05/2013 - 29th Annual Litigation Update Institute Course Book Guest Article: Energy Law Update
This paper collects developments in energy law since the last Energy Law Update delivered by Walker Friedman at the January 2011 Litigation Update CLE. The paper covers case law update, regulatory and legislative developments and emerging topics in energy litigation, especially in the upstream sector of the oil and gas industry.
02/14/2013 - Oil & Gas Monitor Guest Article: The Top Six Issues and Opportunities Facing the Oil and Gas Industry in 2013
The Energy Information Agency, in a recent report, stated that domestic crude oil production is projected to continue its steep rise due to improved production technologies especially in shale formations. An EIA official noted that the annual output increase in US crude production has experienced its largest rise since the beginning of US commercial oil extraction in 1859.
12/21/2012 - American Law and Jurisprudence on Fracing - 2012
Haynes and Boone, LLP energy attorneys have published an update to their comprehensive and highly regarded “American Law and Jurisprudence on Fracking,” a white paper that examines the legal, environmental and regulatory climate in active shale play states.
11/27/2012 - Understanding Hydraulic Fracturing: Issues, Challenges and Regulatory Regime
This Note discusses the advantages and disadvantages of hydraulic fracturing, certain federal, state and local regulations to which hydraulic fracturing is subject and the future of hydraulic fracturing.
02/27/2012 - State-Level Upstream Gas Litigation
Litigation claims between private parties arising in the context of exploration and production activities encompass a wide range of contract and tort issues.
01/05/2012 - Franchise Law Update
Hydraulic fracturing is arguably the most significant development in the petrochemical exploration and production industry since Howard Hughes' invention of the rotary drill bit.
08/23/2011 - Fracking Legal Landscape Updated in Haynes and Boone White Paper
– Haynes and Boone, LLP energy attorneys have published an update to their comprehensive and highly regarded “American Law and Jurisprudence on Fracking,” a white paper that examines the legal, environmental and regulatory climate in active shale play states.
05/20/2011 - Oil and gas regulations turning into a circus
The development of shale gas has been described as nothing less than a revolution in world energy. This growth of the natural gas market is now being met with a scrum of state and federal agencies competing for entry to the regulatory big top.
It’s almost Newtonian in its predictability: With every positive development in our economy and bid for energy independence there is a resisting counterforce of shrill opponents. “No Fracking” has become the battle cry of those who are painting the oil and gas industry as the Great Satan seeking to sacrifice the environment and therefore humanity on the altar of corporate greed.
02/16/2011 - Tom Kurth on the Facts and Science Supporting Fracking
In this Houston Chronicle
article, Tom Kurth speaks out in support of fracking and claims the condemnation of its technolgy is misguided.
02/10/2011 - Lender Liability, Historical and Emerging
Discussion of litigation related to financial institutions.
12/01/2010 - American Law and Jurisprudence on Fracking
The substantial growth of domestic unconventional shale resources in recent years has partially been a result of the increase in the use of hydraulic fracturing. This report deals with hydraulic fracturing and the legal and technical issues associated with it.
08/24/2010 - Recent Statutory and Regulatory Developments Related to Hydraulic Fracturing in New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio
The use of hydraulic fracturing, sometimes called "fracking," has made it economically possible to produce hydrocarbons, mainly gas, from the central Appalachian region of the eastern United States. Shale gas development from the Marcellus Shale is focused in four states: New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio.
07/08/2010 - Law Applicable to Hydraulic Fracturing in the Shale States
The use of hydraulic fracturing has made it economically possible to produce hydrocarbons from reservoirs which previously would have been uneconomical to develop. Now, an extraordinary oil and gas boom is afoot in America, and onshore natural gas production is advancing at an extraordinary pace.
09/30/2004 - An Overview of Selected Issues in Punitive Damages
In 1987, the Texas Legislature first codified the law governing punitive damages. See Act of June 3, 1987, 70th Leg., 1st C.S., ch. 2, § 2.12, 987 Tex. Gen. Laws 37, 44-46 (amended 1989, 1995, 1997 & 2001) (current version at TEX. CIV. PRAC. & REM CODE § 41.001-.013 (Vernon 1997 & Supp. 2003)). Then, in 1988, the Texas Supreme Court held that the defendant’s net worth is relevant to punitive damages and thus discoverable.