0 – 15 Minutes
Doug announces landowner ONLY seminar for Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at the Dean Center in Wellsboro, Tioga County. Landowners must pre-register and non-registered landowners will not be admitted. Doug discusses his statewide representation of Pennsylvania oil and natural gas rights’ owners and the various oil and gas attorney services provided by The Clark Law Firm, PC.
Doug addresses the importance of understanding your existing oil and gas lease when considering future offers and development contracts, including but not limited to:
1. Gas lease extensions, modifications, and amendments;
2. Pipeline Right of Way Agreements, Roadway Agreements, Well Pad documents and other Surface Use Agreements;
3. Pugh Clauses, depth severance provisions, and release or surrender of leased acreage; and
4. New Oil and Gas Lease Offers and Top Lease Offers.
15 – 30 Minutes
Doug touches again on expiring gas leases due to low natural gas prices and why lessors must stop simply signing gas company offered agreements. There are often complicated lease terms that landowners must understand when deciding whether to agree to extend, modify or amend their gas lease. Discussion regarding the importance of understanding oil and gas lease termination language and whether your lease has terminate or is on the verge of termination. Why landowners must understand whether they have leasehold acreage that is eligible for release and to be returned to the landowner for possible future leasing.
Doug addresses Marcellus Shale and Utica Shale formations and depth severance provisions related to horizontal drilling. Why property owners must understand their lease rights and depth of shale formations related to depth severance language and Pugh Provisions. Most of Pennsylvanian landowner’s biggest asset is their property and we must make sure that we protect this asset and make the most of every financial opportunity related to Oil and Gas development.
30 – 45 Minutes
Doug addresses interstate natural gas pipeline projects under the authority of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and his current legal representation of clients involved in the Williams’ Atlantic Sunrise Project, Transco, Tennessee and Kinder Morgan projects and other major eminent domain and condemnation pipeline projects.
45 – 60 Minutes
Doug dives into how under certain lease provisions Lessors can release deeper shale formations, such as the Utica Shale formation. Why landowners must take advantage of all possible opportunities when dealing with natural gas and pipeline companies. Landowners may review drilling permits and other available information to identify how deep the operator has drilled wells into their production units and possibly use this information to have the potentially valuable Utica Shale and deeper formation released from their existing gas lease. By releasing the Utica Shale and deeper geological formations, landowners may have the opportunity to negotiate new oil and gas lease(s) for considerable compensation and additional property protection addendum terms.
Doug discusses how to identify landowner and gas right owner opportunities and how to seize them. As always, landowners must not rely on energy company employees and the company hired landman to represent their rights and interests. The gas and pipeline company landman works for the energy company and not the landowner and we must even the playing field to enter into the best possible natural gas and pipeline agreements.