Legislative Session Passes with No Major...

After striking out over the last 5 years on a forced pooling bill, the natural gas industry took a new approach in West Virginia in the past legislative session, attempting to get 2 different laws passed – one for “joint development” and one for “co-tenancy”. Both attempts failed. The joint development bill pushed by the industry would have allowed the oil and gas operators to “pool” one lease with another to drill horizontal wells so long as the leases did not explicitly prohibit such an action. This bill was targeted at situations in which there is an old...

Rover Pipeline Driving Increased Activit...

For years we have been telling our clients that the oil and gas activity will pick back up once adequate pipelines are in place to transport the gas out of the Appalachian Region. There are a number of pipeline projects (Rover, Leach Xpress, Mountaineer Xpress, Atlantic Sunrise to name a few) which are scheduled for completion over the next year or two. With Rover Pipeline now on track to be in service by November 2017, oil and gas producers in the Utica shale have been forced to ramp up activity to fulfill their commitments to Rover. In order to get priority in shipping...

Upcoming Seminars

Rokisky, Wilharm, Blair & Rokisky is currently offering the following free informational seminars.  If you would like to attend one of our seminars, please RSVP by calling 877-748-3234.   Date:  June 1, 2016 Time:  6:00 p.m. Location:  St. Clairsville, Ohio Hampton Inn, 51130 National Road E, St. Clairsville, OH 43950 __________________________________________________________________ Date:  June 8, 2016 Time:  6:00 p.m. Location:  Wheeling, West Virginia SpringHill Suites, 908 National Road, Wheeling, WV...

Understanding Royalties and Division Ord...

Now that some infrastructure has been put in place, mineral owners in the Ohio Valley are starting to see royalties from the oil and gas wells that have been drilled.  As a result, my office has seen a steady increase in the number of questions concerning how royalties and division orders are calculated.  I will try to address some of these questions in this column. Who receives royalties from any particular well is determined by the pooling unit.  The pooling unit is created by the oil and gas company and consists of all of the property that the oil and gas company...

F&M Group 2 – Ashtabula Count...

F&M Group 2 is currently accepting new landowners for Ashtabula County.  Our next group meeting is Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 6:00 at the Jefferson Community Recreational Center, 27 E. Jefferson Street, Jefferson, Ohio.  For more information please contact us at 1-877-748-3234.