Oil and Gas Law (Intensive)- Stewart


Course Title

Oil and Gas Law



First Assignment

 Oil and Gas Law (INTENSIVE) 


Required Materials: 


J. Lowe, O. Anderson, E. Smith, D. Pierce, and C. Kulander, Cases and Materials on Oil and Gas Law (6h ed. West 2013).  

J. Lowe, O. Anderson, E. Smith, D. Pierce and C. Kulander, Oil and Gas Forms Manual (6th ed. West 2013).   


Suggested Materials: 


J. Lowe, Oil and Gas Law in a Nutshell (West 2009).  



Readings for summer  


(see syllabus attached) 


Session 1: August 5th, 2013 





1. Cases and Materials on Oil and Gas Law, pp. 1-53, & 115-119. 


A. Review of Syllabus 

B. Historical Background (pages 1-4) 

History of oil and gas drilling in Ohio (Guest Lecturer: Tom Stewart) 

C. Physical Background: Oil and Gas Geology 101 (pages 4-26) 

Introduction to the Marcellus and Utica Shale in Ohio (What is it? Where is it? Why is it in Ohio?) 

Status report of drilling activity 

D. Technical Background (pages 26-49) 

Hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling (Guest Lecturer: Dr. Bob Chase) 

E. Introduction to Land Descriptions (pages 49-53) 

F. Common Patterns of Oil and Gas Ownership (pages 115-119) 

G. Property Law 101 

Possessory, freehold estates (e.g., fee simple, fee tail, life estate) 

Future interests (e.g., fee simple determinable, remainder interests) 

Concurrent estates (e.g., joint tenancy, tenancy in common, tenancy by the entirety)