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Continental Resources of Illinois, Inc. v. Illinois Methane, LLC
Continental Resources of Illinois, Inc. (Continental) leased the right to drill for oil and gas on a coal mining property. Continental’s actions produced coalbedmethane gas from voids left underground by the coal mining process. Continental’s lease prohibited Continental from collecting coalbed methane gas from the use of underground voids. Illinois Methane, LLC (Illinois) sought to collect the coalbed methane gas that was left over after Continental’s mining and Continental sued on Rule of Capture claims. The lower court granted judgment in favor of Illinois.
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