Friday, October 29, 2010

National Geographic Magazine Profiles the Marcellus Boom In Pennsylvania

National Geographic Magazine has an extensive report on the Marcellus boom in Pennsylvania. Click to read the magazine's articles - "Special Report: The Great Shale Gas Rush."

Thursday, October 28, 2010

WV Public Radio Profiles LGCR's Natural Gas Blog

West Virginia Public Radio included a feature during this morning's news broadcast about the West Virginia Natural Gas Blog hosted by Lewis Glasser Casey & Rollins, PLLC. Click to listen to the radio story.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Natural Gas Industry Develops Horizontal Drilling Pooling Bill

A working group of the West Virginia Oil & Natural Gas Association, which included representatives from Lewis Glasser Casey & Rollins, has completed work on a horizontal drilling statutory pooling legislative proposal. The legislation is modeled on a statute that was drafted earlier by LGCR for the 2010 West Virginia legislative session. The proposed bill deals with unit size, statutory pooling of unleased interests, division orders and other issues essential to the expansion of horizontal drilling in West Virginia. The working group is forwarding the legislative proposal to the Governor’s nine-member natural gas select committee, and it is expected to be introduced for consideration in January in the 2011 West Virginia legislative session. For more information, please contact Nick Casey at gncasey@lgcr.com.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

State's Natural Gas Industry Launches "Pro-Marcellus" Ad Campaign

The West Virginia Oil & Natural Gas Association has started an advertising campaign designed to showcase the economic benefits of natural gas drilling and production and to manage concerns that the public may have. Click to read newspaper article.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Producers Should Follow Lease-Signing Practice Tips To Avoid Potential Lawsuits

A lawsuit has been filed in federal court in northern West Virginia by a group of lease holders who are upset that a company has elected to cancel leases due to market conditions. Click to read an article about this lawsuit. The basic allegation in the complaint is that landmen hired by the producer made specific promises to obtain leases from the gas owners, which the plaintiffs allege the gas producer ultimately failed to fulfill, thereby damaging the natural gas owners.

There are a number of practice tips that natural gas producers should keep in mind as part of lease-signing activities. Here are some of these:
1. make certain your independent landmen or brokers are clearly advised as to the extent of their authority to bind the company;
2. make certain the above authority is clearly communicated in writing to the natural gas owners prior a lease being signed; and
3. communicate in writing with the prospective lessor as soon as possible if the producer has decided not to be bound by the lease.

For more information, please contact Richard Gottlieb at rgottlieb@lgcr.com.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Working Group Examining Forced Pooling Legislation

A working group has been meeting to develop a legislative proposal that would allow for forced pooling in West Virginia. The group, made up of representatives from the state’s natural gas industry and including attorneys with LGCR, is interested in developing a bill that could be considered during the 2011 regular session of the West Virginia Legislature. The legislation would address issues such as:
• creating a mechanism to develop the Marcellus Shale through horizontal drilling;
• properly compensating gas owners through regulatory recognition of "units" or "pools" of gas; and
• limiting the surface disturbance by the creation of these units.

Provided is a link to a recent newspaper article where a representative for surface owners expresses his support for “forced pooling” legislation.

For more information about this issue or the working group’s activities, please contact Richard Gottlieb at rgottlieb@lgcr.com.