CLEVELAND, OH - Reminger Co., LPA is pleased to announce the formation of our Oil, Natural Gas and Utilities Law practice group. The Utica and Marcellus shale deposits located throughout the Appalachian Basin have spurred significant interest from both oil and gas companies as well as area landowners, each looking to either advance or protect their interests pertaining to surface rights and oil, gas and mineral rights. Reminger formed the new practice group with attorneys experienced in working with energy companies and landowners alike in order to help realize their goals, whether it involves litigation, counsel, or negotiation.
In January, our firm obtained a permanent injunction against Chesapeake Exploration to prevent them from using our client's surface land to horizontally drill and extract minerals from beneath adjacent parcels. Attorneys Gregory Brunton and David Hudson argued that the deed did not allow for such use of the surface without the express consent of the landowners.
"We believe that this is a case of first impression in Ohio with regard to horizontal drilling," said Stephen E. Walters, Managing Partner of Reminger. "This is a significant decision that demonstrates our expertise in this practice area and reflects our unique position in the marketplace with a proven track record from a litigation persepctive."
The practice group, chaired by Brunton and comprised of oil and gas attorneys from around the state of Ohio, provides not only litigation services but proactive counsel as well.
Additionally, our attorneys are cross-trained in a number of disciplines that relate to oil, gas and mineral rights negotiations, including complex land use, eminent domain, and construction and zoning disputes."
Our Ohio oil and gas law attorneys are responsible for developing and executing highly effective strategies for our clients who are facing legal disputes. We are experienced litigators who have helped our clients navigate complex legal issues at both the trial and appellate level, in mediations and in other alternative dispute resolution processes.
Our oil and gas attorneys are skilled in representing both large corporations and individuals in the following matters:
- Ownership of the surface and subsurface estates in real property
- Contractual disputes
- Surface damage or bodily injury claims resulting from drilling operations
Oil, Gas and Mineral Rights
Reminger's oil and gas law attorneys are also accomplished in proactively addressing the wide spectrum of issues facing energy companies, surface owners and mineral owners, including:
- Reviewing titles and deeds to determine extent of ownership
- Negotiating lease terms, service agreements and royalties
- Drafting participation agreements and turnkey drilling contracts
- Providing counsel regarding offers to locate ancillary oil and gas facilities on landowners' property
- Assessing property and crop damage
- Counseling on state and federal regulatory compliance
Reminger's extensive experience in Corporate/General Business Law and Public Entity Liability provides our oil and gas law attorneys additional insight into the unique challenges facing this industry. Having worked with matters involving complex land use, eminent domain, and construction and zoning disputes, we are cross-trained in a number of disciplines that impact the outcome of oil, gas and mineral rights negotiations.