Since the beginnings of the United States oil industry 150 years ago, production activity has been governed by the law of capture, dictating that a driller owns the oil drilled from his/her property even if the oil has migrated from under neighboring land as a result of the drilling process. This finders keepers principle has been excoriated by foreign critics as theft and as a law of the jungle and has been blamed by American commentatorsâand the oil industry itselfâas the root cause of the enormous waste of oil and gas resulting from U.S. production methods in the first half of the 20th century. Yet while in almost every other country the law of capture is today of only marginal significance, in the United States it continues to operate, and indeed to underpin the system of production regulation, with potentially wasteful results. In this meticulously researched and richly documented account, Terence Daintith adopts a historical and comparative perspective to show how legal rules, technical knowledge (or the lack thereof) and political events and ideas combined to shape attitudes and behavior in the business of oil production. He explains both the original adoption of the law of captureânot just in the United States but in other countries as wellâand the paths of legal and political development that have led to its consolidation in the United States and its marginalization elsewhere. In contrasting these histories of the law of capture, the book raises the question of whether the U.S. can reduce waste in production without abandoning its deeply-rooted attachment to private property rights in oil and gas.
When 16-year-old Lufano leaves Jozi to start a new life in Cape Town with her family, she is running from her past. She doesn't realise it's about to get even tougher. she is bullied at school for her dark skin and her Venda heritage, and her parents are not happy about her friendship with Mandla, a Xhosa chief's son. When a strike at the factory where her parents work turns violent, it seems as though her whole world is about to explode...
In this poignant tale, a psychologist makes a critical decision with her heart after learning the true identity of a teenage patient, threatening the happiness of everyone she loves. When psychologist Rachel Marston learns the true identity of her troubled teenage patient, Heather Brody, she knows there is only one ethical thing to do. Despite the fact that fifteen-year-old Heather is responding well to treatment, Rachel must inform the adoptive parents that she can no longer treat their daughter, and then help them find another therapist. Unfortunately, sometimes doing the right thing is more difficult than one imagines. Unable to face the prospect of abandoning the girl, Rachel decides to keep her discovery a secret. As the relationship with her young patient deepens, Rachel’s teenage lover, Larry Tobin, returns to her life, transformed from the sarcastic, bitter young man she once knew into a warm and gifted healer. Rachel’s original deception is compounded as she reaches out for a second chance. When a crisis threatens all she holds dear, Rachel must face the consequences of attempting to build a future on a lie from the past.
What happens when you sit down on your back stoop to drink your morning coffee and find a disabled space ship sitting in your back yard? Of course, you declare "Finders-Keepers." The Finding wasn't hard, but the Keeping proves to be the problem. The US government wants to hide the mere existence of aliens. The military covets the technology, as does every other government and industrial entity in the world. The religionists must prove it is all a great hoax. The Finders, Alvi and Studs, play hide-and-seek with those who want their ship and eventually they learn the ominous reason for the ship's presence on Earth.
After Parker and his friends destroyed the evil genie, Xaru, they awoke an even greater threat: Vesiroth. An immortal sorcerer who was frozen for centuries is now free, and he's determined to finish what he had started-taking over the world. In order to accomplish his goal he must find the Elicuum Helm, an ancient object that will grant the user extraordinary powers. But the helm was broken into three pieces many years ago, and now Parker, along with his genie, Fon-Rham, his cousin Theo, Reese and Vesiroth's former prot¿g¿, will have to travel the globe to find the helm first before it's too late.
Award-winning author Catherine Palmer presents the first novel in another HeartQuest series. Fiery Elizabeth Hayes is determined to preserve Chalmers House, the Victorian mansion next to her growing antiques business. But Zachary Chalmers, heir to the mansion, has very different plans. Together they learn that God has the best plans of all-if we will only surrender to him.