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Section Newsletter Articles on Mineral Law

Legislative report By James K. Weston, Sr. Mineral Law, October 2009 The first year of the 96th General Assembly was again one of the most active periods in legislative history. It had many truly historic moments, not the least of which was the impeachment of Governor Blagojevich. The following is a brief review of the Acts passed having a bearing on mineral law and general real estate matters.
Support the ISBA Resolution for Congressional Amendment to the Natural Gas Act By Michael A. Mattingly Agricultural Law, July 2009 Over the past several years many property owners throughout the state have faced an issue where energy companies under the Natural Gas Act have received certificates of public convenience issued by the Federal Energy and Regulatory Commission to condemn property.
Illinois drilling permits—The upward trend ends By James K. Weston, Sr. Mineral Law, June 2009 An analysis of drilling permit applications in the last few years reflects a flattening of production activity.
May municipalities in Illinois regulate oil and gas well drilling and operation? By David Foreman Mineral Law, June 2009 What, if any, authority does a municipality have to regulate or prohibit the drilling or operation of an oil and gas well within its municipal limits?
Brief summary of President Obama’s budget impact on mineral producers By James K. Weston, Sr. Mineral Law, April 2009 Some of the suggestions advanced in the proposed 2010 budget sent to Congress by President Obama could have such an impact on Illinois mineral production.
Division of oil and gas directory update Mineral Law, April 2009 Those seeking to contact the Illinois Division of Oil and Gas of the Office of Mines & Minerals of the Department of Natural Resources may find the following contact information helpful.
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.
From the Liaison Report to the Real Estate Section Council Mineral Law, December 2006 The Council last met in Mt. Vernon on September 22, 2006. There was discussion of topics for the Newsletter.
Questionnaire Mineral Law, December 2006  
Oil and gas investments in Algeria—A legal and tax primer from an Algerian perspective By Michael L. Coleman and Celine van Zeebroeck International and Immigration Law, November 2006 U.S. oil and gas companies have significantly contributed to the increase of foreign direct investment in Algeria in recent years.