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We’ve made it a priority in our law practice to understand all segments of the conventional and emerging energy industries, including the regulatory and political contexts within which companies in these industries operate.

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Energy News

January 12, 2022
  • Ninth Circuit Recognizes “Significant Financial and Property Interests” of Federal Oil and Gas Leases - view

  • ND Operators Can Suspend Royalty Payments Based on a Title Dispute - view

December 20, 2021
  • OSHA’s COVID-19 Vaccination and Emergency Testing Standards (ETS) - December 20, 2021 Update - view

November 18, 2021
  • OSHA’s COVID-19 Vaccination and Emergency Testing Standards (ETS) - November 16, 2021 Update - view

November 15, 2021
  • OSHA’s COVID-19 Vaccination and Emergency Testing Standards (ETS) - view
November 2, 2021
  • EPA’s Proposed Methane Rules and GHG Guidance - view
August 18, 2021
  • Valuation of Oil Per “At the Well” Lease Term Means Just That to North Dakota Supreme Court - view
  • BLM Resurrects Proposed Withdrawal of 10 Million Acres of Federal Land - view
  • Colorado’s “Commercial Discovery Rule” Keeps Boulder County Leases Alive - view
July 14, 2021
  • Employers May Mandate COVID-19 Vaccinations - view
  • Earned and Unused Vacation Pay Forfeiture Policies and Agreements are Void in Colorado - view
June 16, 2021
  • Federal Court Blocks Biden Ban on Oil and Gas Leasing - view
May 27, 2021
  • Permian and Delaware Basins Targeted in Proposed ESA Listing - view
May 20, 2021
  • Climate Litigation Win for Industry: Some Procedural Clarity, But Not a Panacea - view
May 3, 2021
  • BLM Issues New Federal Oil and Gas Leasing Policies; Reinstates Obama Era Policies - view
April 29, 2021
  • Interior Revokes Orders Supporting Federal Oil and Gas Development and Issues Order Prioritizing Climate Change and Renewable Energy Projects - view
  • PHMSA’s Rulemaking – Natural Gas Pipeline Leak Detection and Repair - view
  • Colorado Proposing Workforce Commuting Rule - view
  • Utah Division of Oil, Gas and Mining Proposes Rules on Administrative Penalties - view
April 8, 2021
  • New Mexico’s New Venting, Flaring, and Gas Capture Rules - view
  • Transparency in Pay Under Colorado’s New Wage Equality Act - view
  • FERC Reverses Course on Greenhouse Gas Analysis - view
March 8, 2021
  • Colorado Air Quality Update: New Pneumatic Controller Rules Adopted, Cap and Trade Proposal Rejected - view
  • Produced Water Series, Part 3 of 4: Multi-State Regulatory Update for Produced Water - view
  • Social Cost of Greenhouse Gases – Updated Interim Estimates – Costs are Increasing - view
February 16, 2021
  • Regulatory Update:  Nationwide Permit Rule; Migratory Bird Rule; and 2020 Valuation Reform and Civil Penalty Rule - view
  • Case Alert – Northwest Landowners Association v. North Dakota, et al. No. 05-2019-CV-00085 (Northeast Judicial Dist. January 21, 2021) - view
January 21, 2021
  • President Biden’s Executive Order on Protecting Public Health and the Environment and Restoring Science to Tackle the Climate Crisis - view
January 20, 2021
  • U.S. Army Corps – Final Rule Modifies Clean Water Act Nationwide Permit 12 for Oil and Gas Pipeline Activities - view
  • New Regulations Clarify that the MBTA Applies to Intentional Acts Only - view
  • New Rules Aim to Curtail Discrimination in Lending - view
  • Produced Water Series, Part 2 of 4: New Mexico’s Recent and Upcoming Rule Changes - view
January 11, 2021
  • Environmental Defense Fund Petitions the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission to Promulgate Greenhouse Gas Cap and Trade Regulations - view
  • New U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Regulations for Critical Habitat Designations - view
January 11, 2021
  • User’s Guide for the Congressional Review Act and Last-Minute Federal Regulations and Policies - view
December 2, 2020
  • COGCC Update: Commission Approves Comprehensive Changes to 200-600 Series, and 800, 900, and 1200 Series Rules - view
  • Striking “Oil,” a Case Alert - Craig v. Anadarko No. 19CA1441 (Colo. App. November 19, 2020) - view
November 11, 2020
  • New Mexico Oil Conservation Commission Undertakes Produced Water Spills Rulemaking - view
November 10, 2020
  • Executive Rights, Good Faith and Fair Dealing in Texas: Recent Developments - view
  • Senate Bill 2019-181 Did Not Resurrect Longmont’s 2012 Hydraulic Fracturing Bans - view


Beatty & Wozniak Pleased to Announce Devon D.A. Bell as Denver Litigation Associate

Devon D.A. Bell is a native Coloradan, born and raised in Littleton and now based in Denver. Before joining Beatty & Wozniak’s litigation team, Mr. Bell obtained extensive litigation experience in both the civil and workers’ compensation arenas working for several defense firms in the Denver Metro area. He also has experience advising oil and gas clients on development and operational issues including fraud and royalty, contract, and employment disputes.


Rebecca (Becky) H. Noecker

Rebecca (Becky) H. Noecker of Breckenridge, Colorado, passed away May 10, 2021, following a swimming accident on the island of Maui in Hawaii. Becky was born on October 10, 1951, in Laramie, Wyoming. She graduated with Honors and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Wyoming in 1974 and, following a brief career as a social worker, returned to the University to graduate from the law school with Honors and first in her class in 1979. Thereafter, she practiced with the law firm of Johnson, MacPherson & Noecker in Rawlins, Wyoming, before joining the legal department of Colorado Interstate Gas Company (CIG) in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She rose to become Senior Vice President and General Counsel of CIG and, ultimately, the General Counsel for Pipelines for CIG’s parent company, The Coastal Corporation in Houston, Texas. She left that position in 2001 to join the law firm of Beatty & Wozniak in Denver, Colorado, from which she retired in 2020.

She is survived by her husband, Gerard Blom, her two sons, Chris and Matt Noecker, her siblings, Barbara and Dennis and four grandchildren, Abbie, Katie, Julia, and Aspen. A burial service will be held at Green Hill Cemetery in Laramie, Wyoming, on June 12. Gifts in lieu of flowers may be made to Father Dyer Methodist Church in Breckenridge, Colorado.
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Beatty & Wozniak Pleased to Announce

Theresa Sauer’s Return

Theresa Sauer, former lead counsel for BPX Energy’s Eagle Ford and Wamsutter assets, returns to Beatty & Wozniak as a shareholder. She brings extensive in-house experience supporting development and operational needs in the oil fields including supporting landowner negotiations, access needs, supply chain, and environmental compliance. Theresa also has hands-on experience overseeing and resolving litigation between lessors and lessees, operators and working interest partners, producers and royalty owners, and operators and service providers.


Full Announcement

2019 “Top Women in Energy”

Beatty & Wozniak Shareholder Deana Allen has been named a 2019 “Top Women in Energy” honoree by the Denver Business Journal.  Top Women in Energy recognizes women whose position, knowledge or expertise helps guide the sector.  This is the sixth year the Denver Business Journal has honored women in the energy industry.  Deana was honored at an award ceremony on April 23, 2019.

Deana’s practice is devoted exclusively to the oil and gas industry and encompasses the areas of title review and rendering of related opinions, due diligence, leases, joint operating agreements, farmouts, and development agreements.  In addition, she represents clients in the areas of acquisition and divestiture and represents borrowers and lenders in finance transactions secured by oil and gas assets consisting of undeveloped acreage and producing properties.

Along with her involvement in industry groups, Deana is also active in philanthropy and the community.  She is passionate about issues facing the special needs community and is currently Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors for a non-profit organization employing over 300 people providing services to special needs kids and their families.  She has also been actively involved in fundraising efforts for the arts and, most recently, established a non-profit organization that provides clean drinking water solutions to the people of Nepal and Ecuador.