Oil and Gas Law  –  Spring Semester, 2014

Course No. 5355 – Section No. 22350; Class meets Tu/Th 7:30 – 9:00 PM

Prof.  Chuck  Brownman

TENTATIVE  COURSE  CALENDAR  and  SCHEDULE 
(this schedule is subject to change and modification, as circumstances require)       

Syllabus

Week of Dates Topic(s) Assigned Reading
(pages in Lowe, et. al.)
(supp. readings will be posted)
Power Points

Jan 13

Classes 1 – 2

Tues Jan 14

Thur  Jan 16

First class: Intro to class, teacher and subject; Intro to Geology

Land Descriptions
Public vs. Private Ownership of Minerals Ownership Theories
Ad Coelum / Rule of Capture (“RoC”) RoC: Ownership After Extraction

Ch. 1 Sec. A,  B & C 1-3 (pp. 1 – 44)

Ch. 1 Sec. D & E
(pp. 49 – 67; 104 – 115)
Pierson v. Post

Class 1

Class 2

Jan 20

Classes 3 – 4

Tues  Jan 21

 

Thur  Jan 23

RoC: Non-Regulatory Limits
(a)Correlative Rights
(b) Common Law Limits

RoC: Regulatory Response and Restrictions (1 of 4)

Ch. 1 Sec. E (cont’d), G 2 & 3
(pp. 92 – 104; 140 – 147)
Supplemental Materials

Ch. 4 Sec. A, B 1, and B 2 (b)
(pp. 609 – 617; 628 – 631; 650 – 674)

Class 3

Class 4

Jan 27

Classes

5 – 6

Tues  Jan 28 (University Closed)

Thur  Jan 30

RoC: Regulatory Response and Restrictions (2 of 4)

RoC: Regulatory Response and Restrictions (3 of 4)

Ch. 4 Sec. B 5 (pp. 696 – 717; 733 – 746)
Supplemental Cases;  AND RRC “Voluntary Subdivision” Rule

Ch. 4 Sec. B 6 (pp. 746 – 758; 783 – 796)

Class 5

Class 6

Feb 3

Classes 7 – 8

Tues  Feb 4

Thur  Feb 6

RoC: Regulatory Response and Restrictions (4 of 4)

Quiz

Ch. 4 Sec. B 3 and Misc. (pp. 631 – 647; 674 – 685)

None

Class 7

Feb 10

Classes

9 – 10

Tues  Feb 11

Thur  Feb 13

Oil and Gas Lease (“OGL”) (1 of 7): Surface Use; Substances Granted

OGL (2 of 7):Primary Term; Secondary Term 1

Ch. 2 Sec. A and B 1-3
Ch. 3 Sec. E 1
(pp. 176 – 203; 484 – 498)
Form of OGL

Ch. 2 Sec. C 1 and 2 (a)
(pp. 208 – 243)

Class 9

Class 10

Feb 17

Classes

11– 12

Tues  Feb 18

Thur  Feb 20

OGL (3 of 7): Secondary Term 2

OGL (4 of 7):Pooling and Its Impacts

Ch. 2 Sec. C 2 (b) & (c)
(pp. 243 – 278)

Ch. 2 Sec. D
(pp. 279 – 296)

Class 11

Class 12

Feb 24

Classes

13 – 14

Tues  Feb 25

Thur  Feb 27

OGL (5 of 7): Royalties

OGL (6 of 7): Implied Covenants 1

Ch. 2 Sec. E 1 and 2, 5 and 6
(pp. 298 – 315; 388 – 396)

Ch. 2 Sec. E 3 (a)
(pp. 315 – 347)

Class 13

Class 14

Mar 3

Classes

15 – 16

Tues  Mar 4

Thur  Mar 6

OGL (7 of 7): Implied Covenants 2

Lessor Title Issues (1 of 6): Mineral Interests and Royalty Interests

Ch. 2 Sec. E 3 (b) – (d)
(pp. 347 – 382)

Ch. 3 Sec. A
(pp. 397 – 429)

Class 15

Class 16

Mar 10

Tues  Mar 11

Thur  Mar 13

SPRING BREAK;

NO CLASSES THIS WEEK !!

NONE (other than preparing for classes in week of March 17)

 

Mar 17

Classes

17 – 18

Tues  Mar 18

Thur  Mar 20

Lessor Title Issues (2 of 6): Shared Ownership

Lessor Title Issues (3 of 6): Terminable Interests & Executory Rts.

Ch. 3 Sec. B (pp. 429 – 464)

Ch. 3 Sec. C & D (pp. 464 – 484)

Class 17

Class 18

Mar 24

Classes

19 – 20

Tues  Mar 25

Thur  Mar 27

Lessor Title Issues (4 of 6): Conveyances & Reservations 1

Lessor Title Issues (5 of 6): Conveyances & Reservations 2

Ch. 3 Sec. F (pp. 511 – 546)

Ch. 3 Sec. G (pp. 546 – 583)

Class 19

Class 20

Mar 31

Classes

21 – 22

Tues  Apr 1

Thur  Apr 3

Lessor Title Issues (6 of 6): Pooling

Lessee Contracts (1 of 4): OGL Assignments

Ch. 3 Sec. H (pp. 583 – 604)
Supplemental Materials

Ch. 6 Sec. A
(pp. 913 – 914; 923 – 960)

Class 21

Class 22

Apr 7

Classes 23 – 24

Tues  Apr 8

Thur  Apr 10

Lessee Contracts (2 of 4): Farmouts

Lessee Contracts (3 of 4): JOAs 1 – Op. & Non-Op. Liability

Ch. 6 Sec. C 2 – 4
(pp. 805 – 811; (pp. 823 – 832)
Supplemental Materials

Ch. 6 Sec. E 1 and 2
(pp. 998 – 1023)
Supp. Cases re Exculpatory Clause

Class 23

Class 24

Apr 14

Classes 25 – 26

Tues  Apr 15

Thur  Apr 17

Lessee Contracts (4 of 4):
JOAs 2 – Ownership & Marketing of Production; Balancing; Pref. Rts.

New Developments 1

Ch. 6 Sec. E 3 and 4
(pp. 1023 – 1038)
Supplemental Materials

Supplemental Materials

Class 25

Class 26

Apr 21

Classes 27 – 28

Tues  Apr 22

Thur  Apr 24

New Developments 2

Review session

Supplemental Materials

None / Bring Questions to Class

Apr 28

Tues  Apr 29

Thur  May 1

Thur  May 8

No class;  Semester ended

No class;  Semester ended

FINAL  EXAM –  6:00 PM to 9:00 PM LOCATION TBA

None

None

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