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Section Newsletter Articles on Mineral Law

Illinois drilling permits—The upward trend ends By James K. Weston, Sr. Mineral Law, April 2009 An analysis of drilling permit applications in the last few years reflects a flattening of production activity.
New Venue Case of Interest: Illinois v. Leavell By James K. Weston, Sr. Mineral Law, April 2009 A discussion of the recent case of The People of the State of Illinois ex. rel. Lisa Madigan, Attorney General of the State of Illinois v. Eva Lovene Leavell, d/b/a L&L Supply Company.
Illinois drilling permits—The upward trend advances By James K. Weston, Sr. Mineral Law, December 2008 An analysis of drilling permit applications in the last few years reflects a flattening of production activity.
Legislative report By James K. Weston, Sr. Mineral Law, December 2008 The second year of the 95th General Assembly was again one of the most active periods in legislative history.
Case Note: McHenry County Defenders Inc., et al, v. City of Harvard, et al, No. 2-07-0386, Filed July 2, 2008, Illinois Appellate Court, Second District By James K. Weston, Sr. Mineral Law, September 2008 Council members David M. Williams and Craig R. Hedin have referred us to the above case and suggested that it be brought to the attention of Section members. Mr. Williams also provided some comments that follow this brief case note.
Illinois drilling permits—The upward trend advances By James K. Weston, Sr. Mineral Law, September 2008 An analysis of drilling permit applications in the last few years reflects continued modest increases in production activity.
Illinois drilling permits—The upward trend advances By James K. Weston, Sr. Mineral Law, June 2008 An analysis of drilling permit applications in the last few years reflects continued modest increases in production activity.
The surface transportation rides to the rescue By David M. Williams Mineral Law, June 2008 Oil producers in the Illinois Basin oftentimes do not have ready access to a pipeline to transport their produced crude oil.
Illinois drilling permits—The upward trend advances By James K. Weston, Sr. Mineral Law, March 2008 An analysis of drilling permit applications in the last few years reflects continued modest increases in production activity.
Illinois drilling permits—The upward trend continues By James K. Weston, Sr. Mineral Law, December 2007 An analysis of drilling permit applications in the last few years reflects continued modest increases in production activity.
Oil and gas law for the non-oil and gas lawyer By John C. Robinson, Jr. Mineral Law, December 2007  In this article an overview of oil and gas law is presented for the practitioner who only occasionally encounters real estate with oil and gas issues.
Illinois drilling permits—The upward trend continues By James K. Weston, Sr. Mineral Law, October 2007 An analysis of drilling permit applications in the last few years reflects continued modest increases in production activity.
Legislative report By James K. Weston, Sr. Mineral Law, October 2007 First we will review those new Acts that pertain directly to Mineral Law.
Illinois drilling permits—The upward trend continues By James K. Weston, Sr. Mineral Law, June 2007 An analysis of drilling permit applications in the last few years reflects continued modest increases in production activity.
Legislative update By James K. Weston, Sr. Mineral Law, June 2007 Two bills were filed in the Spring Session of the 95th General Assembly that have particular bearing on the mineral industry in Illinois.
The MINER Act: An opportunity for a new era By Thomas Flannigan Mineral Law, June 2007 The Federal MINER Act has serious implications for Illinois mining companies operating covered mines in southern Illinois or gravel and other open-pit mines in the north.
Regulatory Directory—Illinois Division of Oil and Gas Mineral Law, June 2007 We thought it might be helpful to publish a directory of regulatory officials overseeing the oil and gas industry in Illinois.
Illinois ethical release reporting dilemmas for environmental attorneys, engineers and geologists By Raymond T. Reott and Becky J. Schanz Environmental Law, April 2007 This article will examine the confidentiality duties of Illinois attorneys and other environmental professionals with regards to the release reporting obligations.
Illinois drilling permits—The upward trend continues By James K. Weston, Sr. Mineral Law, February 2007 An analysis of drilling permit applications in the last few years reflects continued modest increases in production activity.
Leasing and producing coalbed methane gas in Illinois after Continental Resources of Illinois, Inc. v. Illinois Methane, LLC By John C. Robinson, Jr. Mineral Law, February 2007 The long-awaited decision on coalbed methane gas was rendered by the Appellate Court of Illinois, Fifth District, on April 10, 2006, in Continental Resources of Illinois, Inc. v. Illinois Methane, LLC.
Another look at the coalbed methane case Mineral Law, December 2006 In recent newsletters, we have covered the landmark decision in Illinois regarding methane gas, Continental Resources of Illinois, Inc. v. Illinois Methane, LLC, 847 N.E. 2nd 897 (Ill. App. 2006), April 10, 2006. We even printed a copy of the decision.
The IDNR to propose revised regulations By Craig R. Hedin Mineral Law, October 2006 Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Office of Mines and Minerals, Division of Oil and Gas (“IDNR”) has consulted with the Oil and Gas Advisory Board concerning the revision of existing regulations as to leaking unpermitted wells and prev iously plugged wells.
Attorney fees for appeal under Oil and Gas Release Act By James K. Weston Mineral Law, December 2003 In the recent case of Maschhoff v. Klockenkemper, the issue was whether the successful party at the trial level was entitled to recover attorney fees both for the trial and also the appeal under the Oil and Gas Lease Release Act.
House seeds in a quarry? By James K. Weston Mineral Law, December 2003 In article in the Chicago Tribune on Sunday, October 19, 2003, caught my eye
Overstay your lease—Adverse posession? By James K. Weston Mineral Law, December 2003 Our Chair, Chris Weber, calls attention to a recent case from the Texas Supreme Court that presented an interesting twist to a landlord's suit for a finding that leases were terminated due to periods of non-production ranging from 30 to 153 days.
Storm runoff liability exemption inapplicable By James K. Weston Mineral Law, December 2003 An apparent exemption from liability for stormwater runoff liability has been construed not to apply in the case of The People ex rel. Lisa Madigan, Attorney General of Illinois v. Dixon-Marquette Cement Inc. and Prairie Material Sales, Inc., (No. 2-02-0638, Second Appellate District, 2003).
Taxing tiers above title By James K. Weston Mineral Law, December 2003 Senate Bill 1883 provides that the transfer tax on real estate transactions is expanded so that it applies to certain off-record transfers.
The tide rises once again: Definition of wetlands revisited By James K. Weston Mineral Law, December 2003 A recent Virginia case, Treacy v. Newdunn Associates, analyzed once again the definition of "navigable waters" under the Clean Water Act.