Helping Property Owners Across The Region Protect Their Land Rights

The advancement of techniques for the development of natural gas and oil in the Marcellus and Utica Shales has changed the lives of countless individuals across Western Pennsylvania. Oil and gas companies are devoting substantial resources to recovering natural resources from these lands. The income derived from your rights may provide financial security for your family for generations. Before you enter into an agreement with an oil and gas company, however, you must be aware of many considerations. Oil and gas companies negotiate leases all the time, and are concerned with their own best interests over yours. In most cases, the first offer these companies make will not be their best offer. A lawyer can help you protect your rights.

Our attorneys have extensive experience in the field of oil, gas and mineral rights. Based in Slippery Rock, our law firm serves clients in Butler County, Mercer County, Lawrence County, Venango County, Armstrong County and the surrounding areas of Pennsylvania. Our law firm has negotiated hundreds of leases in recent years, and is well-equipped to help you negotiate the best possible terms for your lease.

Oil, Gas and Mineral Law Attorneys Offering Strong Legal Representation

Prior to practicing law, Ronald W. Coyer worked for the Adobe Mining Company. As a result, he has a complete perspective on the way resource developers do business. Our Butler County oil and gas lawyers will evaluate and explain the proposed lease terms. In most cases, the oil and gas companies will be willing to eliminate certain terms of the lease or update the terms in order to secure the most beneficial development of your land.

When the lease is finalized, our law firm will continue to stand by your side. We frequently help families design estate plans that allow the next generation to share in these revenues. We are also able to address any pipeline, title or real estate needs. If litigation is necessary to enforce your rights, our law firm is ready to take decisive action.

Oil and Gas Lease Surrenders and Terminations

Has your oil and gas lease expired? Are you still waiting on surrender or termination documents from the operating company indicating that they no longer have an interest in your property? Our clients have experienced this problem for years without any efficient recourse. With the passage of the Recording of Surrender Documents from Oil and Natural Gas Lease Act that became effective December 22, 2014, the Pennsylvania Legislature provided a remedy for landowners who do not receive termination documents in a timely manner.

The Act requires that Lessees deliver to the Lessor, without cost, a surrender document in recordable form not more than thirty (30) days after termination of an oil and natural gas lease. The Act also provides several steps that landowners can take if they do not receive a recordable termination from the operator within the thirty (30) days.

Our office can assist with this process and assure that the proper terminations/surrenders are evidenced on the public record.

Speak With An Experienced Oil And Gas Rights Attorney

Call 724-794-2929 or complete our contact form to schedule an appointment with our law firm. The first half hour of your initial consultation will be free of charge.