News/Events/Publications

A Primer on Arbitration Preparation

Article Posted in the Utah Bar Journal for their September/October issue by Ralph A. Cantafio

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Sufficiency in Land Description in Oil and Gas Leases

Presentation of June 3, 2013 By Ralph A. Cantafio, Esq., Patrick Fitzgerald, Esq., and Christine E. Breen, Esq.

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A Discussion of Legal Framework to Regulate Fracking: Federal, State and Local Concerns

Published in June 2013 edition of Royalty Owners Action Report (ROAR). The competition between state and local government to regulate fracking often invokes a legal issue known as Preemption.

by Ralph A. Cantafio, Esq., Dr. Patrick Fitzgerald, Esq. and Christine E. Breen, Esq.

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The Battle to Determine the Right to Regulate Hydraulic Fracturing (“Fracking”): The Preemption Doctrine

An overview of the general facts and law in two separate and ongoing litigations involving the City of Longmont, Colorado (“Longmont”): one lawsuit involving the attempt of the Longmont City Council in July 2012 to impose restrictions as to oil and gas development, particularly fracking, within the city limits and a second litigation involving the passage of Ballot Initiative 300 by the voters of Longmont in November 2012 completely banning fracking in the city limits. The legal analysis here focuses on the legal Doctrine of Preemption.

By Ralph A. Cantafio – presented to the Denver Petroleum Club, January 10, 2013

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“Unless” provisions oil and gas leases strictly construed – A reminder from the Supreme Court of North Dakota

When administering oil and gas leases, it is important to make certain that where an agreement includes the use of “unless” clauses that payments be timely made or work be timely performed. Otherwise, even where the Lessee acts in good faith or engages in simple mistake, the Lease automatically terminates.

By Ralph A. Cantafio and Rosanna Slingerland

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Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission New Rule 205A – Hydraulic Fracturing Chemical Disclosure

As of April 1, 2012 the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (“COGCC”) has made effective its Rule 205A. Under this new Rule, the Operator of the will in question must within 60 days following the completion of the fracking, but in no event more 120 days after the beginning of fracking, “… complete the Chemical Registry Form and post the form on the Chemical Registry …”

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Pugh Clause

I have received an unusual number of requests pertaining to information involving Pugh Clauses. As a result, it seemed to be a good idea to provide some basic information as to the same. Naturally, this is not intended to be used as specific legal advice to anyone.

By Ralph A. Cantafio and Rosanna Slingerland

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Statute of Limitations and Deadlines to Contest Underpayment of Royalties

NARO Colorado Conference

Presentation of September 12, 2009 at 9:45 a.m. Denver/Thornton, Colorado By Ralph A. Cantafio, Esq., Reed F. Morris, Esq., and Rosanna Slingerland

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Understanding the Oil and Gas Lease and Factors

National Association of Royalty Owners Annual Convention

Presentation of September 8, 2006

By Ralph A. Cantafio, Esq. And Rosanna Slingerland

»Understanding the Oil and Gas Lease

Surface Use Agreement: Representation of the Surface Owner

Presentation of May 4, 2005

By: Ralph A. Cantafio, Esq. and Rosanna Slingerland

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Selecting The Right Lawyer For A Tractor-Trailer Accident

By Ralph Cantafio, Esq.

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