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NATURAL GAS PIPELINE CO. OF AM. v. POOL, 01-0057, 01-0058

The court of appeals erred in failing to hold that oil and gas lessees acquired fee simple determinable mineral estates by adverse possession; it is unnecessary to decide whether the leases terminated due to cessation of production.

Appellate Information

  • Argued 03/06/2002
  • Decided 12/19/2003
  • Published 12/19/2003


  • Justice OWEN delivered the opinion of the Court, in which Chief Justice PHILLIPS, Justice HECHT, Justice SCHNEIDER, Justice SMITH, and Justice WAINWRIGHT joined.


  • Supreme Court of Texas


  • For Appellant:
  • W. Alan Wright, Maston C. Courtney, Hinkle, Hensley, Shanor & Martin, L.L.P., Amarillo, Bruce M. Kramer, Jesse R. Pierce, Clements, O'Neill, Pierce, Wilson & Fulkerson LLP, Houston, for petitioner., James W. McCartney, Mark L. Withrow, Pioneer Natural Resources, Midland, Jeffery L. Hart, Cardwell and Bennett, Austin, Everard A. Marseglia, Jr., Burns, Wooley & Marseglia, L.L.P., Houston, for amicus curiae.

  • For Appellees:
  • Edward H. Hill, Don M. Dean, Underwood, Wilson, Berry, Stein & Johnson, P.C., Joe L. Lovell, Lovell, Newson & Isem, L.L.P., Amarillo, William C. Boyd, Patterson Boyd & Lowery PC, Houston, J.R. Lovell, Lovell & Lyle, Louis T. Dubuque, Dumas, Anthony Atwell, Burdin Mediation, Dallas, Mullin Hoard & Brown, L.L.P., Lubbock, for respondent.
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