The Amarillo Court of Appeals recently issued an opinion in Gordon v. Demmon, a case involving access to landlocked property. This is an issue more common in Texas than one might realize, so I always find court opinions instructive and a good reminder to landowners about some key considerations when dealing with access to property. Background In 1971, the Gordons purchased a 6 acre tract of land in Bell County, which was severed from a larger tract owned by the Bremsers. The Gordon’s property is landlocked, but since 1971,... Read More →
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Last summer, a case from the El Paso Court of Appeals, Harrison v. Rosetta Resources Operating, raised interesting arguments regarding water use and the accommodation doctrine. Background The Harrison Trust owns 320 acres in Reeves County. Mr. Harrison is the trustee of the Harrison Trust. The minerals beneath the land are owned by the State of Texas. In 2009, Harrison executed an oil and gas lease on behalf of the State with Eagle Oil & Gas, as is allowed by the Natural Resources Code on certain lands. Eventually, the... Read More →
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