Marcellus Shale Gas Development
Steptoe & Johnson is at the forefront of efforts to shape the law in the rapidly developing Marcellus and Utica Shale gas plays. Steptoe & Johnson oil and gas attorneys know the unique opportunities and challenges that exist in deep shale plays. The firm is strategically located throughout the Appalachian basin with offices in Colorado, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and West Virginia and is well-versed in the complicated legal issues associated with the industry. Team attorneys also frequently travel to the firm's Houston office to assist mid-continent clients with interests in Appalachia.
With 100 years of energy industry knowledge and advocacy throughout the region, Steptoe & Johnson energy attorneys know the critical issues encountered in shale gas development. Steptoe attorneys have proven to be powerful allies on behalf of developers, engaging leading industry players and government officials to pave the way for productive shale gas exploration utilizing horizontal drilling techniques and hydraulic fracturing.
Assisted in multi-million dollar sale and purchase of coal assets and related facility, sales and distribution contracts
Represented the owner of a substantial block of eastern Ohio (Utica Shale) oil and gas acreage in connection with negotiation and sale of those assets to Texas-based oil and gas company for cash and overriding royalty interest, enabling client to realize substantial return on investment
Litigated Marcellus shale well claims on surface use, ownership, drilling rights and pooling
Directed, supervised and assisted in title review, title analysis, business risk analysis, legal analysis, contracts, rights of way, deeds, estate matters and pooling for the conventional, coalbed methane and horizontal drilling operations in the Appalachian Basin for a Fortune 500 energy company's oil and natural gas branch
Represented oil and gas exploration and production companies in all aspects of their Pennsylvania operations including lease and other document design, negotiations, permitting, administrative proceedings, joint operating agreements, farmouts, acquisitions, dispositions, due diligence reviews, title examination and reporting, financing and litigation in state and federal courts
Prepared oil and gas Division Order Title Opinions for mid-continent clients