With its recent holdings in Endeavor Energy Resources v. Discovery Operating and XOG Operating LLC v. Chesapeake Exploration LP, the Texas Supreme Court has again stressed the importance of closely reading the terms of oil and gas leases and assignments—especially when it comes to retained acreage clauses. But, the court also sets a trap for the unsuspecting operator relying on production allowables for pooling authority or for retaining as much acreage as possible under a retained acreage clause. What can operators do to keep their acreage safe from landowners and their lawyers?

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