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Court Ruling Favors Several Mineral Rights Owners
Oct 3, 2016 10:23 AM

Court Ruling Favors Several Mineral Rights Owners

In a long awaited ruling issued yesterday, the Supreme Court of Ohio held that a surface owner could only bring a claim for abandonment of a severed mineral interest under the 1989 version of the Ohio Dormant Mineral Act (“1989 DMA”) before June 30, 2006.

David J. Wigham | Attorney
Court Rules Dormant Mineral Act Not Self-Executing
Oct 3, 2016 9:40 AM

Court Rules Dormant Mineral Act Not Self-Executing

On Sept. 15, the Ohio Supreme Court issued decisions in 12 cases concerning the proper interpretation of the Dormant Mineral Act of 1989 (the “1989 Act”). The most important of these decisions was Corban v. Chesapeake Exploration, L.L.C.

Andrew P. Lycans | Attorney
What Is Fair Payment for a Pipeline Easement?
Sep 1, 2016 12:00 AM

What Is Fair Payment for a Pipeline Easement?

A pipeline company has announced that it plans to build a pipeline that will cross your land and requests that you give it an easement, which is sometimes called a right of way. You will keep your land and the company will pay you for the privilege.

Eric T. Michener | Attorney
Asset Protection and Its Connection to Estate Planning
Sep 1, 2016 12:00 AM

Asset Protection and Its Connection to Estate Planning

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Frank Mcclure | Attorney
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Nexus Pipeline Alternative Route Could Hit Stark and Wayne Counties with Force
Sep 1, 2016 12:00 AM

Nexus Pipeline Alternative Route Could Hit Stark and Wayne Counties with Force

Over the past month, hundreds of Wayne County, Stark County, and Medina County landowners received a package from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (or "FERC") informing them that they may be in the path of another large interstate pipeline project known as the NEXUS Gas Transmission system.

David J. Wigham | Attorney
Removing gas and oil leases from your land
Jun 29, 2016 9:26 AM

Removing gas and oil leases from your land

As oil and gas rights have become more valuable in Ohio we are often asked several questions.

By David L. Mathie | Attorney
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
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