Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Mark Sadd: Who owns the land in W.Va.?

Mark Sadd, a member of Lewis Glasser Casey & Rollins PLLC and a recognized land attorney in West Virginia, published a commentary recently in the Charleston Daily Mail that questions the significance of another study that focuses on land ownership in the state.

Click to read:
Mark Sadd: Who owns the land in W.Va.?
The better question is: 'How do we make the land productive?'

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Lewis Glasser Expands Office In Morgantown To Serve Natural Gas Clients

Lewis Glasser Casey & Rollins PLLC has expanded its law offices in Morgantown with a new location in the Wharf District. New, larger offices on the third floor of Marina Tower are helping our law firm meet the needs of our growing clientele in the region. The address for the new office is 48 Donley Street Suite 300, Morgantown WV 26501.

"Lewis Glasser is very pleased to be expanding to this new office space in Morgantown, which now allows our law firm to better serve our clients, particularly those engaged in the state’s energy and shale industry," said Richard Gottlieb, Managing Member.  "Our law firm has a long history of representing the oil and natural gas industry – producers, midstream companies and interstate pipelines – and we pride ourselves on our high-quality, personal and results-oriented services."

Lewis Glasser first opened an office in Morgantown in 2012 and since that time has continued to add new lawyers and staff. Rudolph P. "Buck" Duranti, Jr., heads the Morgantown office's six lawyers under the leadership of Mark A. Sadd. The law firm’s other offices are located in Charleston, W.Va. and in Columbus Ohio. 


Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Proposal Put Forth To Obtain Maps Of Natural Gas Lines In West Virginia

Tom Taylor, the executive director of the state’s one-call/811 system, testified at a legislative interim meeting this week that he would propose to include “production lines” on a required basis in the system—effectively meaning that maps would be mandated for such lines for submission to the state—and that companies would have a responsibility to keep those maps updated and to have someone assigned as a liaison to the 811 system when calls came in.  The committee took no action.  The many natural gas industry reps in the room seemed generally upset at the proposal, and that they knew nothing about the gentleman’s remarks prior to the meeting.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Surface Owner, Horizontal Drilling Environmental Matters Still Topic Of Legislative Discussion

The West Virginia Legislature is in Charleston this week for its monthly legislative interim meetings.  As part of these meetings, the Joint Standing Committee on Judiciary held a meeting yesterday, and the committee’s agenda included two items related to the state’s oil and natural gas industry.  The agenda items were:
1. Dr. Alan Collins, Professor and Assistant Director, Division of Resource Management, West Virginia University: “Split Estates and Surface Owner Reported Problems with Marcellus Shale Gas Drilling”
2. “Response to WVDEP study – Air, Noise, and Light Monitoring Results for Assessing Environmental Impacts of Horizontal Gas Well Drilling Operations and Air Quality Impacts Occurring from Horizontal Well Drilling and Related Activities.”  Dave McMahon, Co-Founder, West Virginia Surface Owners’ Rights Organization, was one of the presenters.

Dr. Collins presented the findings of a public opinion survey (which was not sourced as to who paid for it) indicating that split estate owners who had not benefited from the sale of the minerals, had a disproportionately higher number of complaints about oil and gas drilling activities than those owners who had received compensation directly for their property.

McMahon presented a lengthy rebuttal to DEP's presentation on oil and gas production activities and regulations that was presented at a previous meeting of the committee.  McMahon's remarks and recommendations focused on his notion that the minimum setback distance should be increased to 1500'; noise and light impacts of drilling activities on adjacent property owners should be more strictly regulated and; "radioactive" drill cuttings should be banned from disposal in public landfills.

Lewis Glasser and its government relations affiliate, LGCR Government Solutions, are available to share additional insights into either of these presentations.  We also will continue to monitor future meetings to see whether any legislative proposals are developed.


Citizen groups seek more drilling protections
The Charleston Gazette, Dec. 10, 2013