ENERGY AND LAND USE LITIGATION
We have extensive experience in handling and successfully resolving disputes involving drilling operations, pipeline operations, eminent domain, surface access, surface trespass and damage, environmental issues and other issues affecting the energy industry. We try cases in state courts, federal courts, before arbitral panels and before regulatory agencies.
The following are a representative sample of the type of matters we handle:
Obtained take nothing final judgment in favor of a large, multinational oil and gas company. After a two week trial on the King vacany claim the largest land vacancy claim in recent Texas history where the claimed amount in dispute exceeded $10 billion dollars. The claim involved over five thousand land, mineral and leasehold owners.
Furthermore, we have served on a task force which comprised of oil and gas industry participants, NARO, TIPRO, TxOGA, the GLO Staff, surveyors and legislators to successfully amend and reform the vacancy statutes, and appeared at a legislature committee hearing to testify in support of the new legislation.
Obtained summary judgment on behalf of major independent oil company in drainage case in which damages exceeded $100 million dollars, and thereafter successfully settled the case for nuisance value.
WELLBORE DAMAGE CLAIMS
Obtained summary judgment in favor of a large oilfield service company in a suit involving wellbore damage claims of approximately $300 million dollars.
CESSATION OF OPERATION CLAIMS
Obtained favorable judgment for an oil and gas production company against a landowner that locked the client out of its oil and gas lease claiming that the lease had expired for cessation of operations. After several days of trial, the court entered judgment that the oil and gas lease had not expired, issued a permanent injunction prohibiting landowner from further interfering with client access and operations, and awarded client over $160,000 in attorneys fees.
The attorneys at Zabel Freeman have handled well over one thousand commissioners hearings to acquire permanent and temporary easements on behalf of numerous common carriers and gas utilities and gas corporations.
INTERNATIONAL OIL AND GAS DISPUTES
Obtained favorable settlements in two international arbitrations involving a proposed $1.5 billion LNG project in Mexico, one under the American Arbitration Association Rules involving a London-based company. And the other under the International Centre for Dispute Resolution rules involving a Mexico-based company. Zabel Freeman has handled and successfully resolved oil and gas arbitration proceedings involving oil and gas properties in Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Egypt and Australia, under the American Arbitration Association, International Centre for Dispute Resolution and other arbitration rules in the Houston area. We extend our legal experiences to serve clients of all types and sizes.
CONDEMNATION MATTERS, RIGHT OF WAY ACQUISITION AND LITIGATION OF PIPELINES
The attorneys at Zabel Freeman have extensive experience in condemnation matters, and specifically in right of way acquisition and litigation involving pipelines. Attorneys at Zabel Freeman have collectively participated in well over 1000 special commissioners’ hearings in a multitude of pipeline projects, including representation of the following clients on the following projects:
American Midstream—various pipelines from Eagle Ford wells in South Texas to plants and other pipelines
Cheniere—MIDSHIP NGA pipeline in Oklahoma
DCP—Wilbreeze product pipeline in Jackson and Lavaca Counties, Texas; Sand Hills Pipeline (720 miles of 20” line) and Sand Hills header pipeline; and Southern Hills Pipeline (900 miles)
Denbury Green—carbon dioxide pipeline from Louisiana border to Brazoria County, Texas
Energy Transfer—Chisholm (20” gas line); Freedom (NGL line); Lone Star, Katy to Grimes (gas pipeline); REM Phase I (30” gas line); II (42” gas line); REM Expansion (30” gas line); Dos Hermanas line (24” gas line); Dakota Access crude line through Iowa; Rover NGA line (dual 42” natural gas lines) through Michigan, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio; Comanche and Trans Pecos (42” lines through West Texas Big Bend area and ultimately to Mexico); and Volunteer
EnLink — Sabine NGA and Crosstex NGL lines
Enterprise—White Kitchen to Falls City; Falls City to Yoakum; White Kitchen to Falls City Loop; Eagle Ford Phase 2; Lyssy to Sealy; Gardendale to Lyssy; Baytown to Mont Belvieu; Alvin to Mont Belvieu; Yoakum to Stratton Ridge; Wilson to Stratton Ridge; Seminole to Wilson Storage; North Loop; Trinity; Trinity 2/Avalon Bone; OTI to Equistar; Exxon to East Storage; Sandridge Fuhrman Expansion; Glanville to IPS; Seaway; Jones Creek to ECHO lateral; Eagle Ford Cotulla; Wilson Upgrade; ATEX; AEGIS; OTI to Mont Belvieu; Orla to Waha; Orla NGL; Orla Gas Gathering; South Eddy Lateral; Bryant G; Oyster Creek Propylene; Midland to Sealy crude line; Shin Oak; Seminole Conversion; Colonial 36”; Conoco EFS Expansion; Dual Export; and EOG Gathering
ExxonMobil—BLADE Beaumont Refinery Connector crude pipeline project in Jefferson County, Texas; Delaware Connector crude pipeline project in Winkler and Loving Counties, Texas.
Florida Gas— Port Arthur and Wilson NGA lines from Louisiana to Texas
Kinder Morgan Gulf Coast Express 42”, 513-mile natural gas pipeline project from Waha, Reeves County, Texas to Agua Dulce, Nueces County, Texas; Permian Highway 42”, 425-mile natural gas pipeline project from Waha, Reeves County, Texas to Colorado County, Texas; and Kinder Morgan Tejas SK Lateral 36”, 40-mile natural gas pipeline project in Brazoria County, Texas
Louis Dreyfus—major pump and storage station in Harris County, Texas
MidTexas Pipeline—the Katy-Grimes Pipeline
Monument/LaSalle/Eagle Ford Midstream—Regency Gas Plant line, Midstream line and EFM Phase I and II pipelines and Net Mexico pipeline to Mexico
ONEOK Arbuckle II 24”/30” 385-mile natural gas liquids pipeline project from Montague County, Texas to Mont Belvieu, Chambers County, Texas; Arbuckle to Sibon 16”, 30-mile natural gas liquids pipeline project in Liberty County, Texas
Phillips Natural Gas Company—the entire Austin Chalk gathering System in the Giddings area
Phillips Pipe Line Company—all product lines to Phillips’ Sweeny Plant
P66—Gray Oak from Loving County in West Texas to South Texas (873 mile NGL line)
Republic Midstream—various pipelines from Eagle Ford wells in South Texas to plants and other pipelines
TransCanada—Keystone pipeline (36” crude line) from the Oklahoma/Texas border to Nederland, Texas and lateral from Nederland to Houston, Sour Lake Lateral
United Brine and Texas Brine—all brine lines from salt domes to Mont Belvieu and from brine wells to plants throughout Texas