Termination of Oil & Gas Leases for Lack of Production: Evaluating Habendum Clauses and Protecting Lease Interests
Calculating Paying Quantities, Assessing Lease Duration, Leveraging Savings Clause
Recording of a 90-minute premium CLE webinar with Q&A
This CLE course will provide guidance to energy counsel on termination clauses in oil and gas leases. The panel will discuss what constitutes “production” necessary to perpetuate the lease beyond the primary term. The panel will also examine other provisions that should be considered when evaluating whether a lease is held past its primary term and offer best practices for handling potential termination of an oil and gas lease.
- Termination clauses in oil and gas transactions
- Calculating paying quantities
- Court treatment of termination clauses
- Assessing whether lease is held past primary term
- Savings clause
- Shut-in royalty clauses
- Force majeure clauses
- Continuous operations
- Cessation of production or operations
The panel will review these and other key issues:
- How are paying quantities calculated? How are states defining “paying quantities” differently?
- How are courts treating termination clauses?
- What considerations should counsel keep in mind when evaluating if the lease is held past its primary term?
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