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Montana Environmental Information Center V. U.S. Office Of Surface Mining, Lowell J. Chandler 2018 Alexander Blewett III School of Law at the University of Montana

Montana Environmental Information Center V. U.S. Office Of Surface Mining, Lowell J. Chandler

Public Land & Resources Law Review

In MEIC v. U.S. Office of Surface Mining, the cost of coal mining’s climate impacts and the agency’s NEPA review obligations are at issue. The United States District Court for the District of Montana found that the Office of Surface Mining and Enforcement failed to adequately consider the need for an EIS and to take a hard look at the indirect, cumulative, and foreseeable impacts of a proposed coal mine expansion in central Montana. In its NEPA analysis, the court concluded that if the benefits of a carbon-intensive project are quantified, then the costs to the climate ...


Wyoming V. Zinke, Jaclyn Van Natta 2018 Alexander Blewett III School of Law at the University of Montana

Wyoming V. Zinke, Jaclyn Van Natta

Public Land & Resources Law Review

In Wyoming v. Zinke, the Bureau of Land Management attempted to update a regulation governing hydraulic fracturing from the 1980s, but oil and gas industry companies opposed, and brought suit. The district court held in favor of the industry petitioners, and the Bureau of Land Management and citizen group intervenors appealed. In the wake of appeal, Donald J. Trump became President of the United States. The administration change caused the Bureau of Land Management to alter its position and align with the new administration. Secretary of the Interior, Ryan Zinke, via executive order, began rescinding the new fracking regulation, which ...


California V. United States Bureau Of Land Management, Molly M. Kelly 2018 Alexander Blewett III School of Law at the University of Montana

California V. United States Bureau Of Land Management, Molly M. Kelly

Public Land & Resources Law Review

After President Trump’s Executive Order No. 13783 encouraging relaxing regulatory burdens on energy production, the Bureau of Land Management reevaluated its 2016 “Waste Prevention Rule” which addressed waste of natural gas from venting, flaring, or other leaks resulting from oil and natural gas production activities. The BLM sought to postpone the Rule’s compliance date to give the agency time to promulgate a new rule—effectively overruling the 2016 Rule. Plaintiffs challenged the agency’s compliance under the Administrative Procedures Act, and the court found the BLM did not properly follow APA requirements.


Protecting Offshore Areas From Oil And Gas Leasing: Presidential Authority Under The Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act And The Antiquities Act, Robert T. Anderson 2018 University of Washington School of Law

Protecting Offshore Areas From Oil And Gas Leasing: Presidential Authority Under The Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act And The Antiquities Act, Robert T. Anderson

Articles

For over one hundred years, presidents of both parties have used executive power to protect America’s lands and waters. Until the second half of the twentieth century, however, little attention was given to protecting the marine ecosystem. Federal authority reaches out to two hundred miles or more in the oceans off the United States, covering an area known as the Outer Continental Shelf. Federal interest in the area historically focused on developing oil and gas reserves and ensuring that the area was open to trade and commerce. The area is also very important for indigenous subsistence uses and commercial ...


Drilling When The Well Goes Dry: The Oklahoma Corporation Commission & The Police Power Exception To The Automatic Stay, Connor R. Bourland 2018 University of Oklahoma College of Law

Drilling When The Well Goes Dry: The Oklahoma Corporation Commission & The Police Power Exception To The Automatic Stay, Connor R. Bourland

Oklahoma Law Review

No abstract provided.


Regulate Or Be Regulated: Why Professional Landmen Should Be Proactive In Protecting The Integrity Of Their Occupation, Brian J. Steinocher 2018 Texas A&M University School of Law

Regulate Or Be Regulated: Why Professional Landmen Should Be Proactive In Protecting The Integrity Of Their Occupation, Brian J. Steinocher

Texas A&M Journal of Property Law

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Oil, Gas, And Mineral Law, John F. Brown 2018 Brown & Fortunato, P.C.

Oil, Gas, And Mineral Law, John F. Brown

SMU Annual Texas Survey

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The Fine Print Of The Mexican Energy Reform, Guillermo J. Garcia Sanchez 2018 Texas A&M University School of Law

The Fine Print Of The Mexican Energy Reform, Guillermo J. Garcia Sanchez

Faculty Scholarship

Five years ago, when Mexico transformed its energy sector, most commentators were worried about the government’s capacity to implement the reform. What would the upstream contracts look like? Would the auctions be transparent? How would international companies react? After two successful auction rounds, 107 signed contracts, and the creation of viable regulatory agencies to manage and monitor the reform agenda, the questions have changed. Today, Mexico’s capacity to implement energy reforms and attract foreign investment is no longer in doubt. Today, the most pressing questions about the reform concern its long-term sustainability. Can it survive the Mexican electoral ...


One Oil And Gas Right To Rule Them All, Monika Ehrman 2017 University of Oklahoma College of Law

One Oil And Gas Right To Rule Them All, Monika Ehrman

Monika U. Ehrman

The proverbial “bundle of sticks” is an analogy familiar to real property scholars. The analogy compares property ownership to a bundle of sticks—that is, ownership composed of separate and individual property rights—where each “stick” represents a right or stream of benefits available to the property owner. Under the centuries-old common law ad coelum doctrine, real property contained all lands from the core of the earth to the sky. Although this “heaven-to-hell” doctrine is now limited, oil and gas still composes that part of subsurface real property, sometimes called the mineral estate. In oil and gas law, the mineral ...


The Granting Clause In The Modern Oil And Gas Lease, Monika Ehrman 2017 University of Oklahoma College of Law

The Granting Clause In The Modern Oil And Gas Lease, Monika Ehrman

Monika U. Ehrman

Of all the contracts used in the oil and gas industry, none is as important as the oil and gas lease. It is the foundational instrument in oil and gas and a required prerequisite to development for those who do not own the mineral estate. Its uniqueness arises in that unlike most other oil and gas contracts, it is both a contract and a conveyance of property. Part I of this article begins with an overview of the mineral estate, the predecessor to an oil and gas lease. Part II examines theories of oil and gas rights ownership and oil ...


United States V. Osage Wind, Llc, Summer Carmack 2017 Alexander Blewett III School of Law at the University of Montana

United States V. Osage Wind, Llc, Summer Carmack

Public Land & Resources Law Review

The Osage Nation, as owner of the beneficial interest in its mineral estate, issues federally-approved leases to persons and entities who wish to conduct mineral development on its lands. After an energy-development company, Osage Wind, leased privately-owned surface lands within Tribal reservation boundaries and began to excavate minerals for purposes of constructing a wind farm, the United States brought suit on the Tribe’s behalf. In the ensuing litigation, the Osage Nation insisted that Osage Wind should have obtained a mineral lease from the Tribe before beginning its work. In its decision, the Tenth Circuit applied one of the Indian ...


Recent Case Decisions, 2017 University of Oklahoma College of Law

Recent Case Decisions

Oil and Gas, Natural Resources, and Energy Journal

No abstract provided.


A Reexamination And Reformulation Of The Habendum Clause Paying Quantities Standard Under Oil And Gas Leases, Alex Ritchie 2017 University of Oklahoma College of Law

A Reexamination And Reformulation Of The Habendum Clause Paying Quantities Standard Under Oil And Gas Leases, Alex Ritchie

Oil and Gas, Natural Resources, and Energy Journal

No abstract provided.


Siting Carbon Dioxide Pipelines, Tara K. Righetti 2017 University of Oklahoma College of Law

Siting Carbon Dioxide Pipelines, Tara K. Righetti

Oil and Gas, Natural Resources, and Energy Journal

No abstract provided.


European Energy Security, American Lng, And The Global Natural Gas Marketplace, Dr. Christopher S. Kulander 2017 University of Oklahoma College of Law

European Energy Security, American Lng, And The Global Natural Gas Marketplace, Dr. Christopher S. Kulander

Oil and Gas, Natural Resources, and Energy Journal

No abstract provided.


Editor's Introduction, Mason W. Smith 2017 University of Oklahoma College of Law

Editor's Introduction, Mason W. Smith

Oil and Gas, Natural Resources, and Energy Journal

No abstract provided.


Eminent Domain And Oil Pipelines: A Slippery Path For Federal Regulation, Natalie M. Jensen 2017 Fordham Law School

Eminent Domain And Oil Pipelines: A Slippery Path For Federal Regulation, Natalie M. Jensen

Fordham Environmental Law Review

No abstract provided.


Tthe Requirement Of Domestic Participation In New Mining Ventures In Zambia, Muna Ndulo 2017 Unza School of Law

Tthe Requirement Of Domestic Participation In New Mining Ventures In Zambia, Muna Ndulo

Muna B Ndulo

No abstract provided.


A Comparative Study On Carbon Emission Reduction Systems, Mingde Cao 2017 Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University

A Comparative Study On Carbon Emission Reduction Systems, Mingde Cao

Dissertations & Theses

The overwhelming majority of scientists have concluded that global warming is unequivocal. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) fifth report in 2013 concluded that the challenge of climate disruption to human beings is even more imperative than the previous report claimed, and that anthropogenic greenhouse gases (GHGs) emissions have extremely likely been the dominant causes of the observed global warming since the mid-20th century.

Anthropogenic GHGs emissions have many implications, including more intensive, extreme meteorological events, spreading of diseases, and threatening human health and life. Climate change also causes injustice in human society because of the dislocation of the ...


The Geopolitics Of Rare Earth Elements: Emerging Challenge For U.S. National Security And Economics, Bert Chapman 2017 Purdue University

The Geopolitics Of Rare Earth Elements: Emerging Challenge For U.S. National Security And Economics, Bert Chapman

Libraries Faculty and Staff Scholarship and Research

Rare earth elements (REE) contain unique chemical and physical properties such as lanthanum, are found in small concentrations, need extensive precise processes to separate, and are critical components of modern technologies such as laser guidance systems, personal electronics such as IPhones, satellites, and military weapons systems as varied as Virginia-class fast attack submarines, DDG- 51 Aegis destroyers, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, and precision guided munitions. The U.S. has some rare earth resources, but is heavily dependent on access to them from countries as varied as Afghanistan, Bolivia, and China. Losing access to these resources would have significant adverse ...


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