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Policing the oil patch
Jun 15, 2016 10:01 AM

Policing the oil patch

With the sudden surge in the value of mineral rights in southeastern Ohio, landowners and local producers have been thrust into the position of competing for ownership of these valuable mineral rights.

By David J. Wigham | Attorney
How will my pipeline easement payment be taxed?
Jun 13, 2016 9:03 AM

How will my pipeline easement payment be taxed?

The recent oil and gas drilling boom in southeastern Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia has brought about an unexpected visitor for many landowners, including some far removed from where shale wells are being drilled—pipelines.

By Garrett M. Roach | Attorney
Jun 8, 2016 9:44 AM

Belmont County Commissioner Thomas calls Pennsylvania cracker plant 'great news'

DILLES BOTTOM - Belmont County Commissioner Mark Thomas and PTT Global Chemical America spokesman Dan Williamson said Royal Dutch Shell's Tuesday decision to build an ethane cracker near Pittsburgh will not deter efforts to construct a similar facility at Dilles Bottom.

Ideologically driven protests with very real, local consequences
Jun 8, 2016 9:31 AM

Ideologically driven protests with very real, local consequences 1

It’s an old saying, "The squeaky wheel gets the grease.

By Dr. Jack Refuse | Former White House Energy Adviser
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May 28, 2016 3:02 AM

Those reliant on oil and gas industry wait for rebound

WASHINGTON, Pa. (AP) — When two professionals in the oil and gas industry spoke April 19 to 100 people at South Franklin Township fire hall about the future of the Marcellus and Utica shales, the crowd was particularly attentive.

By Michael Bradwell And Rick Shrum | Observer-reporter Via Associated Press
Do I need more than insurance to protect my oil and gas interests?
May 17, 2016 9:32 AM

Do I need more than insurance to protect my oil and gas interests?

I have had a number of clients ask me if insurance is enough to protect their real property interests and specifically their oil and gas interests. I agree that insurance should be your first line of defense, but is it enough?

By Frank Mcclure | Attorney
Court rulings could impact Dormant Mineral Act
May 11, 2016 12:52 PM

Court rulings could impact Dormant Mineral Act

Over the recent years, I have written several articles regarding the ongoing litigation over the Ohio Dormant Mineral Act ("DMA").

By David J. Wigham | Attorney
Renewable Fuel Standard continues to devastate
Apr 29, 2016 8:28 AM

Renewable Fuel Standard continues to devastate

The Environmental Protection Agency wants Americans to pay more for their groceries. That's the only way to explain the agency's decision to mandate the use of corn-based ethanol in our gas supply.

By George David Banks | American Council For Capital Formation
Save gas & oil interests in the event of a contested divorce
Apr 21, 2016 1:49 PM

Save gas & oil interests in the event of a contested divorce

One of the biggest concerns that I see day to day raised by clients, especially concerning oil and gas interests, is their concern about what happens to the property that my children has or has been given by us if the IN-LAW becomes the OUT-LAW.

By Frank Mcclure | Attorney
Read leases carefully for an 'implied requirement'
Apr 19, 2016 1:36 PM

Read leases carefully for an 'implied requirement'

Under Ohio law, oil and gas leases constitute contracts. As a general matter, the rights and remedies of the parties entering into a contract must be determined by the terms of the written agreement.

By Clinton G. Bailey | Attorney
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Negotiating extending undrilled shale leases
Apr 4, 2016 10:05 AM

Negotiating extending undrilled shale leases

For more than six years, areas of eastern Ohio have experienced the largest oil and gas boom in Ohio’s history. New technologies in the oil and gas industry have opened up development of the Utica Shale formation, using directional drilling and staged fracking.

By David J. Wigham | Attorney
Ohio Supreme Court rules against landowners in Beck Energy lease validity cases
Mar 17, 2016 9:57 AM

Ohio Supreme Court rules against landowners in Beck Energy lease validity cases

On January 21, 2016, the Ohio Supreme Court issued a decision affecting the mineral rights of hundreds of landowners in Ohio who leased with Beck Energy.

By David J. Wigham | Attorney
Ohio Supreme Court holds form that leases are enforceable
Mar 4, 2016 10:05 AM

Ohio Supreme Court holds form that leases are enforceable

On January 21, 2016, the Supreme Court of Ohio decided the consolidated cases of Hupp v. Beck Energy Corp. and State ex rel. Claugus Family Farm, L.P. v. Seventh District Court of Appeals.

By Andrew P. Lycans | Attorney
Lift the oil export ban and boost Ohio's economy
Feb 24, 2016 9:39 AM

Lift the oil export ban and boost Ohio's economy

The U.S. House of Representatives recently took a major step toward increased economic growth and job creation when it voted – with significant bipartisan support – to reverse the 40-year-old ban on crude oil exports.

By Raymond Keating | Economist
Landowners in southeast Ohio deserve to have minerals developed
Feb 19, 2016 12:58 PM

Landowners in southeast Ohio deserve to have minerals developed

For more than a century and a half, Ohio has been developing our natural resources sensibly and responsibly. This approach is rooted in our culture and economy.

By Cong. Bill Johnson | 6th Congressional District
Feb 19, 2016 12:54 PM

Ohio Supreme Court hearing oral arguments on constitutional rights of mineral interest owners

On Dec. 15, 2015, the Supreme Court of Ohio held oral arguments in the consolidated cases of Hupp v. Beck Energy Corp. and State ex rel. Claugus Family Farm, L.P. v. Seventh Dist. Court of Appeals.

By Daniel H. Plumly | Attorney
Asset protection: Building the moat around your oil and gas castle
Feb 12, 2016 8:03 AM

Asset protection: Building the moat around your oil and gas castle

Over my years of counseling clients, I have found that the topic of asset protection is not one that many people know much about.

By Frank Mcclure | Attorney
Current climate of Ohio's gas and oil industry
Feb 5, 2016 8:15 AM

Current climate of Ohio's gas and oil industry

The oil and gas industry, both in Ohio and throughout the world, is currently experiencing a very difficult economic environment.

By David J. Wigham | Attorney
Ohio Supreme Court hears cases involving perpetual leases, tolling of undrilled leases in Monroe Co
Jan 4, 2016 3:41 PM

Ohio Supreme Court hears cases involving perpetual leases, tolling of undrilled leases in Monroe Co

Landowners in Monroe County who signed oil and gas leases with Beck Energy over the last decade should be aware of two potentially significant cases pending before the Ohio Supreme Court.

By David J. Wigham | Attorney
New CRS Report: How corn ethanol mandates have hurt Ohio's environment and economy
Dec 15, 2015 12:49 PM

New CRS Report: How corn ethanol mandates have hurt Ohio's environment and economy

Washington-imposed mandates that have forced increasing volumes of corn ethanol to be added to Ohio’s and our nation’s fuel supply have produced an additional 1.92 million metric tons of Co2 emissions in Ohio alone since 2005, the emissions equivalent of adding nearly 400,000 cars to the road in a s

By Jackie Stewart | Energy In Depth