Proposal to amend PA Dormant Oil and Gas Act would benefit both landowners and drillers


On January 21, 2015, House Bill 67 was referred to the Environmental Resources and Energy Committee of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. House Bill 67 would amend Pennsylvania’s Dormant Oil and Gas Act of 2006 to define when an oil and gas estate may be deemed abandoned. As of now, the actions operators and surface owners can take under the Dormant Oil and Gas Act are limited. Interested parties may…

Energy litigators secure a summary judgment for a natural gas producing client in a lease royalty dispute

Energy Group Co-Chair and Member Jeffrey D. Roberts and Associate Cressinda D. Schlag received a summary judgment for a large natural gas producing client in a lease dispute involving the distribution of royalties in Greene County, Pa. The land involved in the dispute was initially part of a lease that was entered into by a husband and wife in 1928. Their estate was eventually subdivided between three parties with the…