Offsite Drilling Trespass Claim Gets Texas Justices' Scrutiny

Law360, Dallas (March 21, 2017, 8:36 PM EDT) -- In a case that could impact offsite drilling throughout the state, Texas Supreme Court justices on Tuesday wrestled with whether Lighting Oil Co. could prove an Anadarko Petroleum Corp. unit trespassed on its property by drilling through its mineral estate to reach an adjacent lease.

The justices largely asked questions aimed at the boundaries of Lightning's trespass argument, like if it matters how many wells Anadarko E&P Onshore LLC would drill through, what kind of evidence is necessary to show Lightning could be harmed by that drilling and whether existing common law rules like the accommodation doctrine and rule of capture...

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