Our Blog: Oil and Gas

PA DEP Reports Seismic Activity Near Well Site

February 21, 2017

On February 17, 2017, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (“PA DEP”) released a report investigating four low-magnitude earthquakes that occurred on April 25, 2016 near a well pad in Lawrence County.  The... Read more

Oil and Gas Pipeline Easements and Right-of-Way Agreements

December 29, 2016

In the past several years landowners in Pennsylvania have been challenged by the drilling of natural gas primarily from the Marcellus Shale and Utica Shale strati.  As a natural progression of the oil and gas industry, the energy companies must now... Read more

Private Nuisance Claim Against Oil and Gas Company Headed to Trial

December 29, 2016
By Scott Fellmeth
Posted in Oil and Gas

Recently, District Judge A. Richard Caputo of the Middle District of Pennsylvania denied a motion for summary judgment in a case, which allowed a landowner to pursue a claim for nuisance against a driller for excess noise. See Tiongco v.... Read more

Pennsylvania Attorney General Files Civil Suit Against Chesapeake Alleging Violation Of The Unfair Trade Practices Act

December 14, 2015

On December 9, 2015, the Pennsylvania Attorney General's ("AG") office filed a civil complaint against Chesapeake Energy Corp., Chesapeake Appalachia, LLC, Chesapeake Operating, Inc., Chesapeake Energy Marketing, Inc., and Williams Partners, LP. The... Read more

When Is Failure to Pay Delay Rentals Enough To Break A Lease?

November 30, 2015

Many Oil and Gas leases are "paid up," which means that the leasing company does not have to pay regular delay rental payments to hold the lease. However, in Pennsylvania, there are still some leases that require the leasing company to make "delay... Read more

Who Owns the Oil and Gas?

November 10, 2015

Recently, the Pennsylvania Superior Court emphasized the difference between a "reservation" and an "exception" in a deed.  The court explained that a reservation is a way for a person who conveys property to hold certain... Read more

Required Information For An Oil And Gas Royalty Statement

October 14, 2015

In 2013, the Pennsylvania Legislature passed a law that requires Oil and Gas producers to provide a minimum amount of information related to Oil and Gas production and royalties (e.g., the amount of gas produced, the selling price, and other related... Read more

65 Years After A Property Sale – Pennsylvania Court Determines Sellers Kept Their Oil And Gas Rights

October 14, 2015

If there is a dispute about who own oil and gas rights, Pennsylvania courts may likely look to a deed to determine what the parties to the transaction intended. In Wright v. Misty Mountain Farm, LLC, 2015 Pa. Super 218 (Oct. 9, 2015), the... Read more