SMNR: Oil & Gas: Current Issues

As the name of the seminar indicates, we will focus on current issues in oil and gas law. These include, but are not limited to: Fracking litigation and regulation in Texas and throughout the country; the pros and cons of the highly controversial TransCanada Keystone Pipeline,including the common carrier issue; the explosion of litigation over mineral titles, including especially construction of grants and reservations in deeds executed when it was almost universally assumed that the lease royalty would always be 1/8; Railroad Commission decisions involving the allocation doctrine and grants of forced pooling against unleased tracts; interpretation of horizontal severance clauses in leases and lease assignments; litigation involving whether contracts to lease or assign a lease are or are not binding; modifications of the accommodation doctrine, and other issues that may arise during the course of the semester.

Class Details

Meeting Days Time Location
Monday 3:45 - 5:35 pm JON 6.206
Evaluation Method Date Time Alpha Range Room

Additional Information

Course Type
Grading Method
Pass/Fail Allowed


  • Cases & Masterials on Oil and Gas Law - Lowe, Anderson, Smith, Pierce & Kulander
      West , edition: 6th
      ISBN: 978-0-314-28516-4   (required)
  • Forms Manual to Accompany Cases & Materials on Oil & Gas Law - Lowe, Anderson, Smith & Pierce
      West , edition: latest