Texas High Court To Review Rancher's Fight With XTO

Law360, Houston (December 14, 2012, 8:24 PM EST) -- Texas’ highest court on Friday agreed to take up a dispute between a landowner and XTO Energy Inc. over the construction of an oil and gas well the property owner says has destroyed his cattle ranch operation.

The Texas Supreme Court granted North Texas rancher Homer Merriman’s petition for review, in which he claims XTO drilled an oil and gas well in the middle of his cattle ranch even though less disruptive alternatives were available.

“XTO believes that, because the mineral estate is the ― dominant‖...
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