News & Updates

  • All
  • Videos and Podcasts
  • Articles and Case Summaries
  • Deal Notes
  • Firm News

Flipping the Switch on Disputed Gas Royalty Payments: On Lease v. Off Lease

February 2024 – Discover the legal complexities surrounding Texas gas royalty payments in this case summary exploring disputes over off-premises gas usage payments, ...
Read More →


February 2024 – Oliva Gibbs has been recognized as one of Texas' top mid-sized law firms for Energy & Natural Resources work in the 2024 ...
Read More →

The Suspense is Killing Me! – When Formal Notice May be Required Under North Dakota’s Suspense Statute

February 2024 – In Powell v. Statoil Oil & Gas LP, the North Dakota Supreme Court examined the implications of failing to notify a suspended ...
Read More →

Forgive Us Our Trespasses? Not if the BLM Has Anything to Say About It

February 2024 –In True Oil LLC v. BLM, the Wyoming Federal District Court addressed whether a surface owner could grant a subsurface easement through federal ...
Read More →

Sometimes Just Having Insurance Is Not Enough – The Importance of Timely Notice

February 2024 – On Jan. 25, 2024, the Southern District of Texas – Houston Division absolved Great American Assurance Co. from defending or indemnifying Apache ...
Read More →

The Corporate Transparency Act: Compliance Essentials for Energy Businesses

January 2024 – The Corporate Transparency Act (CTA) is a new federal law that requires certain business entities to report their Beneficial Owners to the ...
Read More →

Flying Under the Federal Radar: Deals Under the HSR Filing Threshold Provide Scrutiny-Free Opportunities for Operators

January 2024 – Oil and gas giants make waves with $100 billion+ acquisitions, reshaping the industry.  
Read More →

Double Reservations and Double Fractions: Ohio Appellate Court Addresses Complex Fixed vs. Floating Royalty Interest Debate

January 2024 – In the case of Min. Dev. Inc. v. SWN Prod. (OHIO), LLC, et al., the Ohio Seventh District Court of Appeals addressed ...
Read More →

Louisiana Officially Granted Primacy Over Class VI Wells

January 2024 – On Dec. 28, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) granted Louisiana primacy over Class VI injection wells under the Safe Water ...
Read More →

Navigating the Master Services Agreement

December 2023 – Discover the significance of a Master Services Agreement (MSA) in shaping long-lasting business relationships.
Read More →

New Texas Business Courts

December 2023 – In June 2023, Governor Greg Abbott signed new legislation that will change the landscape in Texas for resolving business disputes. Texas House ...
Read More →

YOU SWAMPED MY WELLS!! – Texas Court finds that Saltwater Disposal May Create an Actionable Trespass

December 2023 - In the recent case of Iskandia Energy Operating, Inc. v. SWEPI LP, the Eighth District Court of Appeals addressed the issue of ...
Read More →

Clash of Convictions: HB 507 and the Battle for Oil and Gas Leasing on State-Owned Land

December 2023 - The Franklin County Court of Common Pleas in Ohio will decide if amendments to R.C. 155.33 through House Bill 507, ...
Read More →

Avoid PSA PTSD – When Defining Terms Such as “Net Royalty Acres,” Make Sure There is a Meeting of the Minds 

November 2023 – In Foundation Minerals, LLC v. Montgomery, the New Mexico Court of Appeals considered whether a Mineral Estate Purchase Agreement (the “PSA”) was ...
Read More →

Drilling Restrictions in the Permian? Maybe so!

December 2023 - The City of Midland has sought permission from the Railroad Commission of Texas to challenge drilling permits in the Permian Basin.
Read More →

Arbitration Clauses In Energy Contracts – Pros and Cons

November 2023 - Many contracts in the energy sector contain arbitrations clauses... But is it right for you?
Read More →