8th Circ. Skirts Coalbed Methane Question In Rights Ruling

Law360, New York (April 27, 2012, 7:08 PM EDT) -- Sidestepping the question of whether coalbed methane rights are generally part of oil or gas rights, the Eighth Circuit ruled Friday that rights to coalbed gas from one set of Arkansas lands were conveyed in broad gas-and-mineral deeds, not in narrower coal deeds.

EnerVest Operating LLC, which extracts the natural gas that forms in coal beds on the property, had first sued in 2006 asking courts to determine whether it owed royalties to Sebastian Mining LLC as the holders of the coal rights or to Anadarko...
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