Articles on Mineral Law

IDNR Proposes Amendment to Spacing Regulations By Craig R. Hedin Mineral Law, September 2021 The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has started the process to amend its rules regarding spacing requirement for oil wells.
Illinois Petroleum Resources Board 2021 Oil Production Tables Mineral Law, September 2021 Oil production numbers for the first six months of 2021.
Illinois Supreme Court Decides Mineral Tax Deed Case By Craig R. Hedin Mineral Law, September 2021 A summary of the recent Illinois Supreme Court opinion in In re Application for a Tax Deed.
Office of Oil & Gas Resource Management Report of September 3, 2021 Mineral Law, September 2021 A summary of the September 3 Office of Oil & Gas Resource Management report.
Sixth (Not Seventh) Circuit Interprets Covenants in Illinois Mineral Deed Mineral Law, September 2021 A summary and analysis of Alliance WOR Properties, LLC v. Illinois Methane, LLC.
Climate Change Litigation: Court Dismisses New York City Case By Craig R. Hedin Mineral Law, June 2021 A summary and analysis of City of New York v. Chevron Corporation, ConocoPhillips, Exxon Mobil Corporation, Royal Dutch Shell, PLC, and BP P.L.C.
Legislative Session Quiet as to Oil & Gas Issues By Craig R. Hedin Mineral Law, June 2021 Summaries of recently proposed legislation that could impact how oil operators do business.
Office of Oil & Gas Resource Management Report of May 28, 2021 Mineral Law, June 2021 A summary of the May 28 Office of Oil & Gas Resource Management report.
U.S. Supreme Court Denies Certiorari on Illinois Oil & Gas Case By Craig R. Hedin Mineral Law, June 2021 The U.S. Supreme Court recently denied a writ of certiorari in a case in which the validity of a regulatory takings claim by reason of the Hydraulic Fracturing Regulatory Act was at issue.
Illinois 2020 Oil Production Mineral Law, March 2021 Charts of Illinois oil production in 2020 from the Illinois Petroleum Resources Board.
Office of Oil & Gas Resource Management Report of March 5, 2021 Mineral Law, March 2021 A summary of the March 5 Office of Oil & Gas Resource Management report.
Status of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Methane Rules By Craig R. Hedin Mineral Law, March 2021 The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently issued two final rules related to the 2016 New Source Performance Standards for the oil and gas industry. These new rules were challenged by various states, including Illinois.
A Word of Caution on Commingles By Matthew L. McArthy Mineral Law, March 2021 When a commingle takes place without consent of the other owners, the operator is taking the risk of any of the other owners objecting to such commingle and demanding an accounting for their interest.
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Appellate Court Applies Principles of Deed Construction to Coal Deed By John H. Henderson Mineral Law, December 2020 The appellate court engaged in a very fact-specific analysis of the deeds at the center of Mitchell/Roberts Partnership v. Williamson Energy and determined that subsidence rights were conveyed with each parcel conveyed by each deed at issue in the case.
Mineral Interest Tax Deed Litigation Continues By Craig R. Hedin Mineral Law, December 2020 A summary and analysis of In re Application for a Tax Deed.
Office of Oil & Gas Resource Management Report of November 27, 2020 Mineral Law, December 2020 A summary of the November 27 Office of Oil & Gas Resource Management report.
Recommendations From the Oil & Gas Board By Craig R. Hedin Mineral Law, December 2020 A summary of the matters discussed at the November Oil & Gas Board meeting.
Transfer of Minerals by Out-of-State Intestate Resident Upon Death By Matthew L. McArthy & Justin R. Johnson Trusts and Estates, November 2020 A look at how a title examiner deals with the issues that arise when an out-of-state resident passes away owning minerals in Illinois.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Issues Final Policy and Technical Rules for the Oil and Gas Industry By Craig R. Hedin Environmental Law, October 2020 On August 13, 2020, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued two final rules related to the New Source Performance Standards for the oil and gas industry.
Fossil Fuels and the California Blackouts By Seth Whitehead Mineral Law, September 2020 Environmental groups continue to aggressively pressure lawmakers at the state and national levels to mandate a rapid transition to 100 percent renewable electricity generation and an all-electric vehicle fleet.
IDNR Revisions to Spacing and Location of Wells By Craig R. Hedin Mineral Law, September 2020 The Illinois Department of Natural Resources/Office of Oil & Gas Resource Management has made significant revisions as to how oil wells are spaced and located. 
Office of Oil and Gas Resource Management Report of September 5, 2020 Mineral Law, September 2020 A summary of the September 5 Office of Oil & Gas Resource Management report.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Issues Final Policy and Technical Rules for the Oil and Gas Industry By Craig R. Hedin Mineral Law, September 2020 On August 13, 2020, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued two final rules related to the New Source Performance Standards for the oil and gas industry.
2020: Rough Times for the Coal Industry By John H. Henderson Mineral Law, June 2020 A look at the general health of and outlook for the Illinois coal industry in 2020.
Office of Oil & Gas Resource Management Report of May 29, 2020 Mineral Law, June 2020 A summary of the May 29 Office of Oil & Gas Resource Management report.
Principle of Equity Applied to Tax Sale of Minerals By Craig R. Hedin Mineral Law, June 2020 In The Fayette County County Treasurer v. Dome Tax Service Co., Inc., the appellate court considered a case involving the tax sale of a mineral interest where the supervisor of assessments had previously incorrectly entered the name and address of the owner in its tax system.
Office of Oil & Gas Resource Management Report of February 21, 2020 Mineral Law, March 2020 A summary of the February 21 Office of Oil & Gas Resource Management report.
An Overriding Royalty Interest Is an Interest in Real Property By John C. Robison, Jr. Real Estate Law, March 2020 An overriding royalty interest in an Illinois oil and gas lease is an interest in real property.
Pipeline Easement Conflicts With Mining Operations By David M. Williams Mineral Law, March 2020 The recent appellate case, Super Mix of Wisconsin, Inc., & Jack Pease v. Natural Gas Pipeline Co. of America, LLC, involves the mining of sand and gravel that conflicted with an existing gas pipeline and easement.
The Rule of Capture: Pennsylvania Decision By Craig R. Hedin Mineral Law, March 2020 The Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently overturned the appellate court's decision in Briggs v. Southwestern Energy Production Co.

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