Western and Central Pennsylvania regions, West Virginia and western Maryland have been blessed with an abundance of natural resources, including coal, oil and gas and coal bed methane gas. Understandably, many of the major coal, oil and gas developers have interests in these areas. Whether you're a property owner looking to sell or lease mineral rights to a mining or drilling company, you know how important having an experienced natural resources and energy lawyer is to protecting your interests and achieving your objectives.
If you are in the market for such an attorney, contact the Law Offices of Donald D. Saxton, Jr. today to learn how we can serve you.
Mr. Saxton has considerable experience negotiating oil and gas leases. Over the course of more than 40 years of service -including over 40 years as principal of the Law Offices of Donald D. Saxton, Jr., he has represented both property owners and drilling and operating companies in oil and gas lease matters.
Mr. Saxton represents property owners in negotiating leases or sales of their property and mineral rights for oil or gas development and extraction. We also represent companies in negotiating leases and sales of oil and gas for their extraction and marketing and acquisition of properties for surface operations, pipelines and easements.
Mr. Saxton conducts land title examinations to determine the ownership of the surface, the various seams of coal, the oil and gas and the coal bed methane gas, who has the right to operate for and produce those minerals, and who owns the separate "third estate" the right to surface support recognized in Pennsylvania. When coal, coal bed methane, and/or oil and gas are in same area, as often occurs, there can be conflicts between these interests and their owners. It is critical to determine who has the mineral rights to which substance and the rights which are attendant to that ownership.
In our resource-rich area, oil and gas and coal interests often overlap. Often, oil and gas wells are drilled through coal seams. These wells must be plugged for the coal to be removed. Other issues often arise, such as getting easements or rights of way to lay down oil and gas pipelines and surface facilities such as compressors and processing facilities. Attorney Saxton represents parties involved in such conflicts, to help them reach agreements that are beneficial to both parties.
Contact us today to speak with an experienced oil and gas lease attorney.