Law Updates

Oklahoma - HOUSE BILL 2775

An Act relating to oil and gas; amending 52 O.S. 2011, Section 570.10, which relates to payment of proceeds from sale of oil and gas production; establishing liability for withholding certain royalty payments; removing annual requirement of compounding certain interest; adding persons who may require holder of certain funds to interplead certain funds into court; removing certain interest sums from being subject to certain court proceedings; instructing operator to deem

Oklahoma - SENATE BILL NO. 1143

An Act relating to oil and gas; amending 52 O.S. 2011, Section 570.10, which relates to payment of proceeds from sale of oil and gas production; prohibiting nonpayment of certain interest on proceeds; modifying the interest rate on certain proceeds; modifying timeline certain proceeds earn interest; authorizing certain persons to initiate legal action in certain circumstances; and providing an effective date. SOURCE: http://webserver1.lsb.state.ok.us/cf_pdf/2017-18%20FLR/SFLR/SB1143%20SFLR.PDF

Colorado - HB18-1289: Exempt Local Government School Districts Forced Pooling

Concerning an exemption from forced pooling of certain governmental entities that own mineral rights. SESSION:  2018 Regular Session SUBJECTS:  Energy Natural Resources & Environment Current law authorizes ‘forced’ or ‘statutory’ pooling, a process by which any interested person–typically an oil and gas operator–may apply to the Colorado oil and gas conservation commission for an order to pool and develop oil and gas resources located within a particularly identified drilling unit

Louisiana - HB444 MINERALS/RIGHTS-ROYALTY: Defines mineral production payments

Abstract: Defines mineral production payment. Present law requires that if the owner of a mineral production payment or royalty owner other than a mineral lessor seeks relief for the failure of a mineral lessee to make timely or proper payment of royalties or production payments, he must give written notice prior to a judicial demand for damages. Proposed law defines mineral production payment as an obligation owed to the purchaser

Utah - H.B. 419 Oil and Gas Amendments

1      OIL AND GAS AMENDMENTS 2      2018 GENERAL SESSION 3      STATE OF UTAH 4      Chief Sponsor: Stephen G. Handy 5      Senate Sponsor: Kevin T. Van Tassell 6      7     LONG TITLE 8     General Description: 9          This bill modifies provisions relating to the pooling of oil and gas interests. 10     Highlighted Provisions: 11          This bill: 12          ▸     authorizes the Board of Oil, Gas, and Mining to make a pooling order retroactive 13     under certain circumstances; 14          ▸     allows existing pooling orders to apply

California - AB-1472 Public lands: assignments and transfers: oil, gas, and mineral leases.

SECTION 1. Section 6804 of the Public Resources Code is amended to read:   6804. (a)  A lease or permit issued under this chapter may be assigned, transferred transferred,  or sublet as to all or any part of the leased or permitted lands, and as to either a divided or undivided interest therein, or as to any separate and distinct zone or geological horizon or portion thereof, subject to approval by the commission,

Pennsylvania House Bill 557 - Guaranteed Minimum Royalty Act

An Act amending the act of July 20, 1979 (P.L.183, No.60), known as the Oil and Gas Lease Act, further providing for definitions; and providing for minimum royalty for unconventional oil or gas well production and for remedy for failure to pay the minimum royalty on unconventional oil or gas wells. Read More:  http://www.legis.state.pa.us/CFDOCS/billInfo/BillInfo.cfm?syear=2017&sind=0&body=H&type=B&bn=557

Texas HB2713 - Railroad Commission of Texas to conduct an audit of any unpaid oil or gas royalties

A BILL TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT relating to an audit by the comptroller of unpaid oil and gas royalties held in trust by the Railroad Commission of Texas. BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS: SECTION 1. (a) The comptroller shall conduct an audit of any unpaid oil or gas royalties held in trust by the Railroad Commission of Texas. (b) Not later than January

Pennsylvania Senate Bill 138

An Act amending the act of July 20, 1979 (P.L.183, No.60), known as the Oil and Gas Lease Act, further providing for definitions, for payment information to interest owners, for accumulation of proceeds from production and for conflicts and providing for joint ventures and for inspection of records. READ MORE:  http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/billInfo/bill_history.cfm?syear=2017&sind=0&body=S&type=B&bn=138

Pennsylvania Senate Bill 139

An Act providing for protection for a lessor of natural gas rights who reports a violation or suspected violation of a contractual agreement and for remedies and penalties. READ MORE:  http://www.legis.state.pa.us/CFDOCS/billInfo/billInfo.cfm?syear=2017&sInd=0&body=S&type=B&bn=139