One of the questions we’ve been getting a lot of recently is: “how are my oil and gas royalties calculated?” There are actually a few different ways to answer this question. The first angle has to do with how a royalty is calculated as part of a drilling unit. Let’s say that you own 50 acres in a 100 acre drilling unit. Your lease probably says you are to earn 1/8...Read More
Lately we have spoken with a number of clients about mortgage subordination. Drillers typically ask the landowner’s bank to subordinate their interest in the land (the mortgage) to the driller’s interest (the oil and gas lease). The driller, of course, was concerned that they would lose their interest in the land if the bank foreclosed on the property. If the bank’s...Read More
Nearly all of our oil and gas clients ask us “what are my oil and gas rights worth?” Having been a producer in the oil and gas industry for over 25 years, I am well attuned to the business side of the industry. Having practiced oil and gas law for over 25 years, I am also well versed in the legal side. This positions our firm nicely to handle a wide variety of our client’s...Read More
Just what is arbitration and how does it differ from court proceedings? Generally speaking, both court proceedings and arbitration proceedings are adversarial processes in which a third party (or parties, in the case of a jury trial) is asked to settle a dispute. In both court and arbitration, an award of some kind will be issued to the prevailing party. Courts issue final judgments...Read More
The folks at the National Business Institute have asked me to speak about oil and gas leasing at a seminar in early April. The seminar title is Hydraulic Fracturing Law, and it promises to feature a number of interesting and valuable presentations on energy-related topics such as land valuations, regulatory challenges, as well as environmental concerns. I will be discussing the basic...Read More
Since my last update in July, I have perceived a trend of a southward movement of the Utica play. There
is presently a good deal of leasing activity in Belmont, Harrison, Noble and Guernsey Counties. Word
is that some of the best wells to date have been drilled in that area. Certainly, Carroll County and
Columbiana Counties are seeing large numbers of wells drilled, but leasing there is not as...Read More
Before a landowner will be paid a signing bonus for executing an oil and gas lease, the Lessee needs to make sure that the person who signed the lease is the person who owns the oil and gas underneath the subject property. To know for sure, the energy company has to spend a good amount of time doing research at the local courthouse. There, they search through old deed books and try to...Read More
Before the recent interest in eastern Ohio’s utica shale, gas leases were written a little differently. One big difference between the leases of old and the new leases has to do with how the Lessor (the landowner) and Lessee (the energy company) settle disputes. Where old leases didn’t quite restrict the methods by which the parties could settle their disputes, new leases can...Read More
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