State-Level Upstream Gas Litigation

02/27/2012

Litigation claims between private parties arising in the context of exploration and production activities encompass a wide range of contract and tort issues. In Texas and other states, the fee simple ownership of land comprises both a surface and mineral estate. As a result, opportunities for disputes and litigation abound both between the two estates and within the “bundle of sticks” comprising the numerous interests in the mineral estate.1 Not surprisingly, litigation asserting traditional tort and contract claims has arisen in Texas and elsewhere concerning hydraulic fracturing.

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