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SWEPI/SHELL Right-of-Way Agreements in Western PA - Please Review Carefully
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I have received several calls from western PA landowners and they have provided me the Pipeline Right-of-Way OPTION Agreements presented to them by SWEPI over the last couple months.  I really want…Continue

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Started this discussion. Last reply by GG Feb 26, 2013.

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Farmer P commented on Douglas A. Clark, Esq.'s blog post 'The Gas Company Wants to Modify or Amend My Existing Gas Lease: What Should I Do?'
"The reason they want to change the unitization clause is so that it can be included in a utica well unit.  It benefits us just as much as it benefits them.  Without the modification, the lease is only good for a vertical well and…"
Dec 17, 2013
Farmer P commented on Douglas A. Clark, Esq.'s blog post 'The Gas Company Wants to Modify or Amend My Existing Gas Lease: What Should I Do?'
Dec 17, 2013
Farmer P commented on Douglas A. Clark, Esq.'s blog post 'The Gas Company Wants to Modify or Amend My Existing Gas Lease: What Should I Do?'
"Our lease is 30 years old.  It states that our property cannot be unitized.  The gas company wants us to modify our lease to remove this clause.  They are only willing to pay us $250/acre.  Is this just compensation to increase…"
Dec 16, 2013
daniel cohen commented on Douglas A. Clark, Esq.'s event 'Free Landowner Seminar on Royalty Deductions: Is Your Gas Company Taking Deductions Not Authorized by Your Gas Lease?'
"There are several issues that come to mind that I wonder if future seminars might address: 1) Who checks the production numbers to be certain that the reported production volumes are correct? 2)Who calibrates/recalibrates the meters used and on what…"
Jul 16, 2013
daniel cohen commented on Douglas A. Clark, Esq.'s event 'Free Landowner Seminar on Royalty Deductions: Is Your Gas Company Taking Deductions Not Authorized by Your Gas Lease?'
"This is exactly what needs to be examined. Unfortunately I'm out of town at the time scheduled, otherwise I'd certainly be there. Dan Cohen"
Jul 16, 2013
Douglas A. Clark, Esq. commented on Douglas A. Clark, Esq.'s event 'Free Landowner Seminar on Royalty Deductions: Is Your Gas Company Taking Deductions Not Authorized by Your Gas Lease?'
"Kristina thank you for your interest in the seminar subject material.  At this time we are not disseminating any information online except for the archived radio shows Doug has recorded and blogs he has written that are available on our…"
Jul 16, 2013
Kristina DeSenze commented on Douglas A. Clark, Esq.'s event 'Free Landowner Seminar on Royalty Deductions: Is Your Gas Company Taking Deductions Not Authorized by Your Gas Lease?'
"Will this seminar be simulcast online? Or will there be any copies of it available online somewhere after the seminar? Thank you."
Jul 16, 2013
Kristina DeSenze might attend Douglas A. Clark, Esq.'s event
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Free Landowner Seminar on Royalty Deductions: Is Your Gas Company Taking Deductions Not Authorized by Your Gas Lease? at Towanda Fire Hall

July 17, 2013 from 6:30pm to 8pm
I will be presenting a detailed PowerPoint presentation with Attorney Frank Karam and Attorney Jerry Karam at the Towanda Fire Hall addressing royalty deduction issues, including the "Market Enhancement Clause" and other royalty calculation language.We believe that Chesapeake, and potentially other gas companies, are taking improper royalty "deductions" or post-production costs from landowner's royalty checks.  These "deductions" can be substantial and continue to grow with each royalty…See More
Jul 16, 2013
Douglas A. Clark, Esq. posted an event
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Free Landowner Seminar on Royalty Deductions: Is Your Gas Company Taking Deductions Not Authorized by Your Gas Lease? at Towanda Fire Hall

July 17, 2013 from 6:30pm to 8pm
I will be presenting a detailed PowerPoint presentation with Attorney Frank Karam and Attorney Jerry Karam at the Towanda Fire Hall addressing royalty deduction issues, including the "Market Enhancement Clause" and other royalty calculation language.We believe that Chesapeake, and potentially other gas companies, are taking improper royalty "deductions" or post-production costs from landowner's royalty checks.  These "deductions" can be substantial and continue to grow with each royalty…See More
Jul 15, 2013
Tim Tarr replied to Douglas A. Clark, Esq.'s discussion 'Free Landowner Seminar on Royalty Deductions: Is Your Gas Company Taking Deductions Not Authorized by Your Gas Lease?' in the group Tioga County, PA
"We signed in SW pa in 2010 and well(s) just went into production. So give it at least another year. Seems to depend on when the first lease expires in unit they want to form. At <$4.75 nat. gas they are in no hurry."
Jul 12, 2013
Lynn Wigglesworth replied to Douglas A. Clark, Esq.'s discussion 'Free Landowner Seminar on Royalty Deductions: Is Your Gas Company Taking Deductions Not Authorized by Your Gas Lease?' in the group Tioga County, PA
"I'd be happy just to be getting royalties. I haven't even heard from my Gas Co. since I signed the lease in 2011."
Jul 11, 2013
Douglas A. Clark, Esq. added a discussion to the group Lycoming County, PA
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Free Landowner Seminar on Royalty Deductions: Is Your Gas Company Taking Deductions Not Authorized by Your Gas Lease?

DO YOU HAVE A CLAIM AGAINST A GAS COMPANY FOR IMPROPER ROYALTY DEDUCTIONS?I will be presenting a detailed PowerPoint presentation with Attorney Frank Karam and Attorney Jerry Karam at the Towanda Fire Hall addressing royalty deduction issues, including the "Market Enhancement Clause" and other royalty calculation language.We believe that Chesapeake, and potentially other gas companies, are taking improper royalty "deductions" or post-production costs from landowner's royalty checks.  These…See More
Jul 11, 2013
Douglas A. Clark, Esq. added a discussion to the group Tioga County, PA
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Free Landowner Seminar on Royalty Deductions: Is Your Gas Company Taking Deductions Not Authorized by Your Gas Lease?

DO YOU HAVE A CLAIM AGAINST A GAS COMPANY FOR IMPROPER ROYALTY DEDUCTIONS?I will be presenting a detailed PowerPoint presentation with Attorney Frank Karam and Attorney Jerry Karam at the Towanda Fire Hall addressing royalty deduction issues, including the "Market Enhancement Clause" and other royalty calculation language.We believe that Chesapeake, and potentially other gas companies, are taking improper royalty "deductions" or post-production costs from landowner's royalty checks.  These…See More
Jul 11, 2013
Douglas A. Clark, Esq. added a discussion to the group Sullivan County, PA
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Free Landowner Seminar on Royalty Deductions: Is Your Gas Company Taking Deductions Not Authorized by Your Gas Lease?

DO YOU HAVE A CLAIM AGAINST A GAS COMPANY FOR IMPROPER ROYALTY DEDUCTIONS?I will be presenting a detailed PowerPoint presentation with Attorney Frank Karam and Attorney Jerry Karam at the Towanda Fire Hall addressing royalty deduction issues, including the "Market Enhancement Clause" and other royalty calculation language.We believe that Chesapeake, and potentially other gas companies, are taking improper royalty "deductions" or post-production costs from landowner's royalty checks.  These…See More
Jul 11, 2013
Douglas A. Clark, Esq. added a discussion to the group Wyoming County, PA
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Free Landowner Seminar on Royalty Deductions: Is Your Gas Company Taking Deductions Not Authorized by Your Gas Lease?

DO YOU HAVE A CLAIM AGAINST A GAS COMPANY FOR IMPROPER ROYALTY DEDUCTIONS?I will be presenting a detailed PowerPoint presentation with Attorney Frank Karam and Attorney Jerry Karam at the Towanda Fire Hall addressing royalty deduction issues, including the "Market Enhancement Clause" and other royalty calculation language.We believe that Chesapeake, and potentially other gas companies, are taking improper royalty "deductions" or post-production costs from landowner's royalty checks.  These…See More
Jul 11, 2013
Douglas A. Clark, Esq. added a discussion to the group Bradford County, PA
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Free Landowner Seminar on Royalty Deductions: Is Your Gas Company Taking Deductions Not Authorized by Your Gas Lease?

DO YOU HAVE A CLAIM AGAINST A GAS COMPANY FOR IMPROPER ROYALTY DEDUCTIONS?I will be presenting a detailed PowerPoint presentation with Attorney Frank Karam and Attorney Jerry Karam at the Towanda Fire Hall addressing royalty deduction issues, including the "Market Enhancement Clause" and other royalty calculation language.We believe that Chesapeake, and potentially other gas companies, are taking improper royalty "deductions" or post-production costs from landowner's royalty checks.  These…See More
Jul 11, 2013

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Website:
http://www.pagasleaseattorney.com/
Which state(s) are you following?
Pennsylvania
What shale plays do you follow?
Marcellus, Utica
Introduce Yourself
I am an attorney who has negotiated hundreds of gas leases, pipeline agreements, water line agreements, surface use agreements, water impoundment pond agreements and many other contracts related to the Marcellus Shale development. Also, a landowner.

Douglas A. Clark, Esq.'s Blog

The Gas Company Wants to Modify or Amend My Existing Gas Lease: What Should I Do?

          First and foremost, anytime a gas or pipeline company wants you to sign any contract you must thoroughly understand the document and any and all consequences that may result upon execution of the document.  Unfortunately, I have seen landowners lose hundreds of thousands and even millions of dollars where they blindly executed serious legal documents without fully understanding their leverage and options.  It is important not to repeat these costly mistakes and make certain…

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Posted on April 24, 2013 at 12:36pm — 3 Comments

Market Enhancement Clauses and Royalty "Deductions: Do I Have a Claim Against a Gas Company For Improper Royalty Payments?

          An extremely hot issue at the present time involves post-production costs or “deductions” that landowners are seeing subtracted from their gas royalty checks.  Typically, boilerplate Oil and Gas Leases offered to landowners clearly permit the gas company to deduct post-production costs for the cost of producing, gathering, storing, separating, treating, dehydrating, processing, transporting and marketing the oil and gas. 

          In the 2010 Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s…

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Posted on February 12, 2013 at 12:00pm

Western Pennsylvania Pipeline Right-of-Way Option Agreements - Please Beware and Be Informed

I have received several calls from western PA landowners and they have provided me the Pipeline Right-of-Way OPTION Agreements presented to them by SWEPI over the last couple months.  I really want to urge landowners to carefully and thoroughly review these Option ROW Agreements before you sign anything.  

I have worked extensively on Pipeline ROW agreements across PA and find this proposed…

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Posted on February 6, 2013 at 4:56pm — 3 Comments

The Gas Company Has Offered Me A Lease Extension For My Expiring Gas Lease: What Should I Do?

Many oil and gas leases throughout Pennsylvania are on the verge of expiring due to the gas companies’ inability to “hold” the property under the lease terms.  Gas companies holding expiring leases are often approaching landowners and seeking an “extension” of the expiring Oil and Gas Lease.  These extensions typically range from six (6) months to two (2) years, but can be for much longer.

Landowners who receive offers to extend their existing Gas Lease should contact…

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Posted on October 31, 2012 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

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