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SWEPI/SHELL Right-of-Way Agreements in Western PA - Please Review Carefully

Started this discussion. Last reply by 2z248p19vqnh9 Feb 26, 2013. 29 Replies

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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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.
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Marcellus, Utica

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

Posted on April 24, 2013 at 5:36am 3 Comments

          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…


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

Posted on February 12, 2013 at 6:00am 0 Comments

          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…


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

Posted on February 6, 2013 at 10:56am 3 Comments

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…


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

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

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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