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Click here for the full text of this decision FACTS:In this oil and gas case, two lessees obtained working interests under a single lease through assignments. Guinn Investments Inc. is the lessee as to the Guinn tract, and Ridge Oil Co. Inc. is the lessee as to the adjoining Ridge tract. Ridge shut in the only two producing wells, both located on the Ridge tract, for approximately 90 days and subsequently executed new leases with the owners of the possibility of reverter of the mineral interest in the Ridge tract. HOLDING:Reversed and rendered. The court holds 1. the temporary cessation of production doctrine applies when there is more than one lessee under a single lease; 2. production permanently ceased from the Ridge tract when the new leases between Ridge and the owners of the Ridge tract became effective; 3. Guinn was not conducting operations on the lease sufficient to sustain the lease at the time production permanently ceased or thereafter; and 4. Guinn is not entitled to prevail on its claims for tortious interference, fraud or the imposition of a constructive trust. OPINION:Owen, J., delivered the court’s opinion; Schneider, J., did not participate in the decision.

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