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Legislative Session Passes with No Major Changes to Oil and Gas Law

Posted by on Apr 24, 2017 in Oil & Gas | Comments Off on Legislative Session Passes with No Major Changes to Oil and Gas Law

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...

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Rover Pipeline Driving Increased Activity

Posted by on Apr 14, 2017 in Oil & Gas | Comments Off on Rover Pipeline Driving Increased Activity

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...

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Understanding Royalties and Division Orders

Posted by on Mar 13, 2014 in Oil & Gas | Comments Off on Understanding Royalties and Division Orders

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...

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The Ohio Dormant Mineral Act – Clear as Mud

Posted by on Jul 8, 2013 in Oil & Gas | Comments Off on The Ohio Dormant Mineral Act – Clear as Mud

As most now know, the Ohio legislature has created a mechanism by which owners of land can recover their oil and gas rights if the owner of the oil and gas rights has failed to take the proper steps to maintain their rights.  What many do not know is that there are two different versions of the statute that can drastically alter the legal analysis as to who owns the mineral rights. The current version of the Dormant Mineral Act was enacted in 2006.  It provides that the surface owner can recover a severed oil and gas interest without going...

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The Bluegrass is Coming!

Posted by on Jun 17, 2013 in Oil & Gas | 0 comments

While much of the focus in the Ohio Valley and Western Pennsylvania has been on the proposed ethane cracker which is being considered in Beaver County, there are now two pipelines being installed which will drastically alter the way that the Natural Gas Liquids (NGLs) from the Marcellus and Utica Shale are utilized.  First to the scene was the ATEX Enterprise Pipeline which is currently under construction in West Virginia and Ohio.  This pipeline will carry NGLs from the Marcellus and Utica Shales to Texas where the liquids will be utilized...

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