Governance of split estates can be complex and acrimonious, particularly where surface and mineral interests are intermingled and overlapping. This presentation examines developments relative to split-estates including the accommodation doctrine, extra-lateral uses, surface interests in pore space and air rights, and contracting requirements in state statutes and regulations. It then considers the function of privately negotiated surface use and damage agreements as an important component of environmental governance.
Surface Use Agreements: Private Governance for Split Estates
Slides for Surface Use Agreements: Private Governance for Split Estates webinar
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Tara Righetti joined the University of Wyoming College of Law faculty in the fall of 2014. Prior to that, she served as CEO and general counsel of a privately owned upstream oil and gas company with operations in six states and on the outer continental shelf. She is admitted to practice in Texas and California and is a Certified Professional Landman.
Professor Righetti teaches classes related to oil and gas and commercial law. She also teaches the Natural Resources Field Practicum. Her research interests include split estate issues, royalty payments, subsurface trespass, and energy development on public land. Professor Righetti's research focuses on legal issues related to oil and gas regulation, land use, contracts, and development.
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