EP Energy E&P Co., L.P. v. Storey Minerals, Ltd., 2022 SL 223253 (Tex.App.-San Antonio 2022, pet. denied)

The Texas Supreme Court recently refused to review the opinion of the San Antonio Court of Appeals in this case, involving construction of a favored nations clause in an oil and gas lease. The court of appeals held that, under the favored nations clause, EP Energy owed the lessor an additional $41 million bonus. One judge dissented.

The case also recounts the “colorful history” of the Altito Ranch, covering about 23,000 acres in La Salle County. EP Energy’s brief describes that history: