Joseph Schremmer, ‘When Engineering Solutions Cause Legal Problems: The Developing Field of Reservoir Rights and Liabilities’

ABSTRACT
For well over a decade, the pages of this Quarterly have been filled with discussions of cutting-edge drilling and completion technologies. This article discusses some of the problems that all these engineering solutions have caused for the law of oil and gas. It begins in Part II with a brief outline of how the law slowly develops through the common law process and illustrates how that process responds, also slowly, to rapid technological and social changes, like the unconventional hydrocarbon revolution. Part III then surveys how courts have begun to reform the legal rights and remedies in common reservoirs to respond to the revolution. And Part IV concludes with an observation about what contributions the disciplines of engineering and geology might make to aid the law in its response, and thereby help clean up the mess their innovations have created.

Schremmer, Joseph, When Engineering Solutions Cause Legal Problems: The Developing Field of Reservoir Rights and Liabilities. SIPES Quarterly, volume LVIII, no 1, 2021, UNM School of Law Research Paper No 2021-13.

First posted 2021-08-05 09:00:01

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