Oil and Gas

Landowners in Pennsylvania are becoming frustrated and angered because the “operators” of older leases refuse to develop or explore the shale formations underlying the leasehold. […]

If you have an abandoned oil and gas well on your property, it may no longer be just an ugly eye-sore. As a result of controversial legislation recently enacted by the General Assembly, that old well may now be used by drillers to revive and resurrect leases that expired decades ago. […]

The result is not surprising and does not represent a radical departure of existing law. […]

This West Virginia case highlights yet another example of the ongoing tension between horizontal drilling and the rights of surface owners. […]

In addition to excessive and unreasonable deductions for post-production costs, landowners are now questioning whether the driller is really making a good faith and legitimate effort to sell the gas at the highest and best price. […]

In addition to excessive and unreasonable deductions for post-production costs, landowners are now questioning whether the driller is really making a good faith and legitimate effort to sell the gas at the highest and best price. […]

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Given the trial court’s correct application of the “automatic termination rule,” discussion of the doctrine of abandonment was unnecessary and unwise. […]

Opponents of HB 557 argue that the bill is unconstitutional and that it is inherently anti-competitive. These arguments lack merit. It is important to emphasize that HB 557 does not ban or outlaw the practice of deducting post-production costs. The bill simply says that the deductions cannot reduce the net royalty below 12.5%. […]

Houston Harbaugh is pleased to welcome Brendan A. O’Donnell to our Oil and Gas Law Practice. […]