Texas Surface Rights Will Be Tested In Pooling Case

Law360, New York (March 17, 2014, 6:33 PM EDT) -- The Texas Supreme Court’s anticipated ruling in the case of Key Operating Equipment Inc. v. Hegar et al could significantly impact the ability of oil and gas producers to gain access to wells that are part of pooled units.[1] The key issue before the court is whether a landowner whose minerals had been severed and later leased and pooled[2] with oil and gas leases on adjacent property can prevent a lessee-operator from using a road owned by the landowner to service wells on an adjacent property,...
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