Texas Justices Side With Anadarko In Drilling Trespass Row

Law360, Houston (May 19, 2017, 5:31 PM EDT) -- The Texas Supreme Court on Friday affirmed appellate and trial court rulings rejecting claims brought by Lightning Oil Co. that an Anadarko Petroleum Corp. unit trespassed on its property by drilling through its mineral estate to reach an adjacent lease, holding the surface owner has the power to authorize Anadarko's well.

On appeal, Lightning argued that the lower courts placed too much emphasis on the rights of surface owner Briscoe Ranch instead of its rights in the minerals and the space containing them. The Texas Supreme...
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