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To the relief of oil and gas producers, the Texas Supreme Court ruled on March 1, 2019, in Burlington Resources Oil & Gas Company, L.P. v. Texas Crude Energy, LLC  (No. 17-0266), that post-production costs were rightfully deducted when calculating overriding royalty payments based on the "amount realized" from the sale when the royalty interest is to be delivered "into the pipelines, tanks, or other receptacles with which the wells may be connected."  More on OilProduction Battle Here >
In the final hours of the 2019 Georgia legislative session, the House agreed to the Senate’s revision to the firefighting foam regulation bill, House Bill 458, with an almost unanimous vote of 159 to 1.  The final version of this legislation goes beyond the original HB 458 by prohibiting prospectively (on and after January 1, 2020) the discharge or other use of firefighting foam that contains PFAS chemicals. The law is still focused on “Class B” firefighting foam used to extinguish flammable liquid fires (like at airports, refineries, etc.), and defines “PFAS chemicals” to include those fluorinated organic chemicals that contain at least one fully fluorinated carbon atom.  More on Prohibition Here >
On April 10th, President Donald Trump signed two Executive Orders that seek to promote timely review of critical energy infrastructure projects in the United States. These changes to the review process seek to “enable the timely construction of the infrastructure needed to move our energy resources through domestic and international commerce.” (EO 13868.) “By promoting the development of new energy infrastructure, the United States will make energy more affordable, while safeguarding the environment and advancing our Nation’s economic and geopolitical advantages.”    More on Executive Orders Here >
Thousands of individuals have filed suit against the Monsanto Company, the manufacturer of the popular weed killer Roundup, alleging that the active ingredient in Roundup causes cancer and that Monsanto has long known about, and covered up, that fact. Two such cases have now gone to trial, and both resulted in substantial verdicts for the plaintiffs, who regularly used Roundup and developed non-Hodgkin lymphoma.     More on Monsanto Here >
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