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2017 Articles

Comments from the Editor By Craig R. Hedin December 2017 An introduction to the issue from Editor Craig Hedin.
Comments from the Editor By Craig R. Hedin September 2017 News and updates of interest to mineral law practitioners.
Comments from the Editor By Craig R. Hedin June 2017 News and updates from Editor Craig Hedin.
Comments from the Editor By Craig R. Hedin March 2017 News and updates from Editor Craig Hedin.
The Illinois coal industry: Where it’s been, where it is, and where it’s (maybe) going By John H. Henderson December 2017 For the next 30 years or so, the Illinois Basin is expected to maintain its current level of production and become a bigger fish in a shrinking pond. With the recoverable tons it has, the coal industry in Illinois should be a prominent national factor for years to come.
Oil and gas mortgagees beware By David M. Williams December 2017 An interesting case--Gloria’s Ranch v. Tauren et al-- covering oil and gas leasing, exploration, production, conveyancing and financing was recently decided in the appellate court of Louisiana.
Ownership of mineral interest: How to avoid probate, taxes and loss of rights By David M. Foreman & George C. Lackey March 2017 The use of a mineral trust can avoid the issue of multiple ancillary probates in the states where the mineral interests are located.
Proposed amendment to the Illinois Hydraulic Fracturing Tax Act By David M. Foreman December 2017 This article addresses the Illinois Hydraulic Fracturing Tax Act, 35 ILCS 450/2-1 et seq. (Tax Act) and the Illinois Department of Revenue’s proposed regulations implementing it.
To record or not to record, that is the question By John C. Robison, Jr. June 2017 Author John C. Robison Jr. recently submitted mineral deeds, both lacking acknowledgments, to recorders in two separate counties. Both recorders rejected the deeds for recording because they lacked an acknowledgment.