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Riparian Land Title: Navigating Ownership Through Uncharted Waters – Part 2

Part II of III: How do changes in the boundaries of bodies of water affect mineral ownership? As discussed in Part I, grantees of riparian land conveyances take to the center of the non-navigable river, while the state owns the minerals underlying navigable bodies of water up to their ordinary high watermarks. Over time, however,…

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Riparian Land Title: Navigating Ownership Through Uncharted Waters – Part 1

Part I of III: Ownership Underlying Navigable and Non-Navigable Water Bodies With nearly 265,000 square miles of water, the United States offers a diverse landscape. Inevitably, some of the largest bodies of water are located in targeted areas for oil and gas drilling. Texas, for example, contains over 7,300 square miles of water, while North…

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WOGCC Responds to Increasing Number of APDs with New Rule

The Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (“WOGCC” or “Commission”) received more than 22,000 Applications for Permit to Drill (“APDs”) in 2018 and far surpassed that number with more than 30,000 permit applications in 2019. The influx of APDs was caused by operators looking to lock up acreage. In response to the flood of applications,…

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The Impact of Acreage Determinations On Pre-Existing Oil and Gas Leases

Operators today have access to geographic information that far outstrips the information once commonly available.  County Assessor’s records are routinely linked through GIS (Geographic Information Services) to provide interactive maps that allow for detailed and accurate mapping and measurement.  At the same time, mineral ownership in large subdivisions has created the need for accurate acreage…