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Mark Christiansen to present on frac litigation at 61st Annual Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Institute

June 19, 2015

McAfee & Taft’s Mark Christiansen, speaking from the oil and gas litigator’s perspective, will be co-presenting with one of the country’s top oil and gas law professors, David Pierce of Washburn University School of Law, a program regarding frac litigation at the upcoming 61st Annual Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Institute. The Institute will be held July 16–18, 2015 in Anchorage, Alaska.

The longstanding annual Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Institute is the largest Energy and Natural Resources Legal Conference held in the United States each year, with some 1,000 attorneys and other energy industry professionals attending this 3-day event in recent years.

Christiansen and Pierce will be discussing the unsettled state of the law, and industry responses to date, concerning the legal standards to be applied to disputes in which an operator’s fracture treatment of a new horizontal well is alleged to have caused damage to the nearby vertical well of another operator. They will be discussing strategy issues, existing legal doctrines, and the use of a “reservoir community analysis” as a means for courts to resolve such disputes in an effective and fair way.