Execution and Surveying
After pipeline paperwork is signed, the pipeline company will first survey your property. Oftentimes the pipeline company uses an ‘estimated linear feet’ (length of the Right-of-Way on your property) within their documents because they don’t want to spend money on a survey until they know that you are committed to them. The survey will tell them exactly how long the...Read More
What is Asset-Protection Planning?
Asset-protection planning is about organizing your affairs so that the risks of possible future claims by third parties are properly managed and minimized. By organizing one’s affairs thoughtfully, a client can significantly reduce exposure to catastrophic claims.
Who is a typical asset protection client?
The typical asset protection client is a relatively...Read More
As shale drilling increases across the country, fracking bans do, too. In New York, for example, more than 50 municipalities have issued moratoriums or even outright bans on fracking. Many Ohio municipalities have followed suit. A lawsuit addressing this issue is currently pending before the Ohio Supreme Court: Munroe Falls vs. Beck Energy.
Are municipal fracking bans legal?
This question...Read More
Many oil and gas leases provide the lessor with free gas. This provision was fairly common in older leases, but has disappeared to a large extent for newer leases tailored to shale gas wells. Here is a list of frequently asked questions and concerns about landowners exercising their right to free gas under an oil and gas lease:
Who is entitled to free gas?
You may be entitled to free gas if...Read More
The Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber of Commerce has awarded our law firm with the ninth Canfield Area Council Business Pride Award. This award recognizes our high ethical, moral and professional standards, as well as our commitment to economic development here in Canfield. Our friends over at the Business Journal wrote a nice article about it.
It’s wonderful to be recognized for our...Read More
Recently I wrote about Ohio’s mechanisms for forcing unleased mineral owners into a drilling unit. Oil and gas producers have increasingly started to rely on these mechanisms to drill horizontal wells to the Utica / Point Pleasant shale formation in eastern Ohio. These same laws require transparency for these procedures, and as part of a public records request, I obtained several...Read More
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