Our firm filed suit last week to challenge Devon Energy Production Company’s permit for an “allocation well” in Ward County. Monroe Properties, Inc., et al. v. Railroad Commission of Texas, Cause No. D-1-GN-18-001111, 53rd District Court, Travis County. A copy of the petition may be viewed here. Monroe v. RRC
Devon’s proposed well is called the NI Helped 120 6H Well. (The odd name comes from an old TV commercial in which the line “‘n I helped!” appears.) The permit and plats for the well can be viewed here. N I Helped 120 6H Permit and Plat
Our firm filed a similar suit a few years ago on behalf of the Klotzman family challenging an allocation well permitted by EOG. EOG and the Klotzmans settled their dispute shortly after they appealed the RRC’s grant of EOG’s permit. For my discussions of the Klotzman case, search for “Klotzman” in this site’s search engine.
Devon’s proposed well would cross two existing gas pooled units that were held by production from old vertical gas wells. The Monroes argue that the RRC has no authority issue the permit both because it has no rules authorizing such permits and because the Monroes’ lease do not authorize drilling of horizontal lease that cross lease boundaries.