Anderson & Byrd, LLP
216 S. Hickory
P.O. Box 17
Ottawa, KS 66067
Phone: (785) 242-1234
Facsimile (785) 242-1279
August 3, 2007
KGS and KCC name 14 new oil and gas fields in Kansas
The Kansas Geological Society and the Kansas Corporation Commission have named 14 new oil and gas fields in Kansas, down about 40 percent from a year ago.
The new fields are:
Hazelton Townshite in Barber County; Winderly in Bourbon County, Panther Ranch in Chase County, Church View South in Edwards County, Hyacinty SW and Debra Ann in Ellis County, Hoss Lake in Meade County, Rap NW in Ness County, Garfield North in Pawnee County, Springvale Townsite in Pratt County, Lost Plum Creek in Rice County, Longhorn and Scott City East in Scott County and Kindig NW in Thomas County.
June 6, 2007
Richeson arbitrates land-use planning dispute
John L. Richeson recently served as an arbitrator in a case involving the subdivision of land. Claimants subdivided an 80 acre tract into three separate parcels several years ago. During the planning of their estate, the Claimants chose to use revocable living trusts, and when deeding their land into trust Claimants used the original legal description of their land, which identified the entire 80 acres as one tract instead of three separate parcels. When Claimants decided to sell one of these separately defined parcels the municipal governing authority refused to approve or recognize the tract to be sold since the last deed of record was the 80 acre tract. The municipal authority chose to exert its authority and a suit was filed by the Claimant. Wisely counsel for both parties recognized a need for an expedited answer to the dispute and agreed to the selection of Mr. Richeson, who possessed over 40 years of experience on both sides of similar issues dealing with estate planning and land use planning, to act as arbitrator. The case was presented on agreed statement of facts and a ruling was made by Mr. Richeson which resolved the dispute allowing the separate parcel to be sold. Both parties were satisfied with the result; the land owner completed the intended sale; the municipal authority was protected against setting a precedent in court which might cause it difficulty in future land use cases.
May 30, 2007
Flaherty named to "Best Lawyers in America" for Energy
James G. Flaherty was recently honored by being named one of the Best Lawyers in America in Energy Law. Best Lawyers compiles lists of outstanding attorneys by conducting exhaustive peer-review surveys in which thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers. Jim has been in private practice since 1985. He is past president of the Oil, Gas and Mineral Law Section of the Kansas Bar Association. He actively participates in the Kansas Independent Oil & Gas Association and is a member of its Natural Gas Committee. Jim is also involved in the Interstate Oil & Gas Compact Commission and Federal Energy Bar. He has authored several articles relating to the oil and gas and public utility industry. His primary fields of practice are oil and gas law and public utility law. He typically represents oil and gas producers, intrastate natural gas pipeline companies, natural gas local distribution companies and electric utility companies before the Kansas Corporation Commission.
May 30, 2007
Ryburn prevails on appeal
Scott Ryburn, of Anderson & Byrd, LLP, won an appeal brought by the state on a question reserved in a criminal jury trial. The Court of Appeals of the State of Kansas issued its opinion on July 28, 2006. For the full text of the opinion, go to http://www.kscourts.org/Cases-and-Opinions/opinions/ctapp/2006/20060728/94953.htm.