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Landowner Rights Before the Railroad Commission of Texas
Among other things, the Railroad Commission of Texas is charged with protecting the correlative rights of Texans, including the correlative rights of the Texan landowner. To achieve this mandate, multiple Commission rules and procedures require notification to a landowner relating to certain oil and gas operations, prior to such operations occurring on or near a landowner’s property. In other cases, a landowner may initiate a complaint process, requesting that an operator plug a well, remediate surface damage, or to otherwise force an operator to comply with Commission rules and procedures. This presentation will provide information relating to a landowner’s interactions with the Commission regarding issues of application, permit, notice, protest, and complaint procedures and relating Commission rules.
Ryan Lammert, a fourth-generation Texan, represents land and mineral owners before multiple state agencies, including the Railroad Commission of Texas and the State Office of Administrative Hearings. Previously, Ryan served as an Administrative Law Judge at the Railroad Commission of Texas, presiding over the Commission’s oil and gas docket involving complex complaint, enforcement, and compliance proceedings. His knowledge of the Railroad Commission of Texas’ rules and regulations is particularly useful in litigating oil and gas lease disputes and evaluating transactional matters, such as oil and gas leases, joint operating agreements, production sharing agreements, and farmout agreements.
Ryan holds degrees from South Texas College of Law (JD), and Texas A&M University (MS, BS). At Texas A&M, his graduate studies focused on rangeland ecosystems and ranch management, where he was heavily involved with the Society for Range Management. During law school, he was recognized on the Dean’s Honor List, as a Dean’s Scholar, was a recipient of the Fant Foundation Scholarship and South Texas College of Law Academic Merit Scholarship, and clerked for both the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Office of the Attorney General of Texas. He is a member of Phi Delta Phi International Legal Honor Society and Gamma Sigma Delta Honor Society, the oldest and largest agricultural honor society.
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