Category Archives: Questions from Tiffany’s Desk

Questions from Tiffany’s Desk: Set Back Rules for Pipelines and Oil Rigs

Question:  Is there a rule requiring a certain setback distance between a home and an oil or gas well or pipeline? Answer:  There is no state-wide setback rule for oil and gas wells or pipelines in Texas.  The state agency charged with governing oil and gas production, the Texas Railroad Commission, has passed no such state-wide regulation.  According to the Texas Railroad Commission website, “The Railroad Commission does not regulate how close a gas or oil well can be drilled to a residential property.” Instead, the RRC has… Read More →

Questions from Tiffany’s Desk: Where Can We Hear You Speak?

*This article is not a substitute for the advice of an attorney.* Question:  We have read your blog and are wondering if you will be speaking in our area sometime soon.  Where can we hear you speak? Answer:  My absolute favorite part of working for Texas A&M Agrilife Extension is getting to go out and about around the state speaking at various programs!  Generally, I am asked to come to speak at a program by the County Extension Agent, who sets up the program and advertises it through various methods including… Read More →

Questions from Tiffany’s Desk: Advice for Law School Applicants

Question:  I am interested in applying for law school.  What advice do you have for me? Answer:  I get this question quite often, especially from people who have an interest in agricultural law.  A law degree opens up a great number of doors for graduates and law school was a great experience for me!  Here are a few pointers for potential law school applicants. 1.  Chose a major that you are interested in.  Many people are surprised to learn that you do not have to be a “pre-law” major to… Read More →

Questions from Tiffany’s Desk: What’s Going on with the Lesser Prairie Chicken

Question:  I keep reading about a five-state plan that was approved last week involving the lesser prairie chicken.  What is going on?  Is it an endangered species now? Answer:  The lesser prairie chicken is a species of prairie grouse located in Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas and Colorado.  The chicken was proposed initially proposed to be listed as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (“ESA”)  in 1995, but the current proposal was filed on December 11, 2012.  Initially, a determination was set to be made by September… Read More →

Questions from Tiffany’s Desk: TCEQ Action in Kimble County

***This article is not a substitute for the advice of an attorney.*** Today we have our second post in the “Questions from Tiffany’s Desk” series.  In the past week, I have gotten four calls and emails asking questions similar to the one below.   Question:  We read an article in the paper.  What is going on in Kimble County with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (“TCEQ”) ordering a rancher to remove a dam from a stream on private property?  What is the law regarding building dams across streams on… Read More →

Questions from Tiffany’s Desk: Harvesting Crops After Lease Terminates

**This article is not a substitute for the advice of an attorney.** I frequently receive great questions regarding agriculture law issues from producers across Texas.  In this new blog series “Questions from Tiffany’s Desk,”  I will periodically share these questions that I receive and the information that I previously shared with the producers who contacted me.  The identity of those persons asking questions and the details surrounding specific questions will, of course, not be kept private and, as always, this blog is for education and information purposes only and offers no legal advice… Read More →