An expected far-reaching decision from the TX Supreme Court could be released soon. As reported by the Fort Worth Business Press, "[t]he lawsuit stems from a 2005 Hidalgo County dispute in which Garza Energy Trust was granted $14 million for the court’s findings that the trust had been the victim of subsurface trespass due to hydraulic fracturing." Apparently, the frac job had allegedly extended beyond the unit boundaries of the particular well and into neighboring property. Depending on the outcome of the case, companies may have to "tone down" their frac jobs to avoid such problems.
While the decision would be legally binding only in TX, that state's oil and gas law is considered to fairly persuasive authority in other producing states. Stay tuned.
Fort Worth Business Press