Joseph V. Schaeffer

Joseph V. Schaeffer

Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC

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Oil & Gas Lessees Retain Important Rights in W.Va.

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals’ recent decision in Whiteman v. Chesapeake Appalachia, LLC, affirms the right of a mineral estate lessee to construct impoundments for the disposal of drilling mud, drill cuttings, and...more

10/3/2013 - Mineral Leases Mineral Rights Oil & Gas Surface Estates

The Shale Play Today - September 2013

In This Issue: - Deeper Resources: Rotruck Joins Spilman - EQB Proposes Substantial Increases in Permit Fees for Unconventional Wells - Oil & Gas Lessees Retain Important Rights in W.Va. - Pa. Shale Industry...more

9/30/2013 - Endangered Species Energy Exploration Fees Fracking Oil & Gas Permits Shale Gas

Lease Contests in the West Virginia Shale Plays

Over the past 18 months, landowners have filed independent actions in West Virginia state courts to invalidate oil and gas leases, some, if not all, of which have been removed to the federal court for the Northern District of...more

9/3/2013 - Environmental Claims Fracking Fraud Oil & Gas Shale Gas Unconscionable Contracts

The Shale Play Today - August 2013

In This Issue: - Pa. Litigation Update - Lease Contests in the W.Va. Shale Gas Plays - Shell Taking Bids for Beaver Co., Pa. Ethane Cracker Plant - DEP & Landfill Owners Not Alarmed by Marcellus Waste at...more

8/30/2013 - Fracking Landfills Marcellus Shale Shale Gas Waste Disposal

I Did The Work -- Where Is My Check? West Virginia Mechanic's Lien Breakdown for Subcontractors & Suppliers

Imagine you are a materialman, selling indoor carpet to the contractors. You are approached by a West Virginia developer that wants you to supply carpet and flooring for several houses in a new development. The contract...more

7/8/2013 - Business Development Contractors Liens Local Ordinance Mechanics Lien Recordkeeping Requirements Subcontractors Suppliers

Yours, Mine or Ours? Morgan Clarifies Surface Versus Mineral Ownership in W.Va.

On June 13, 2013, the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals (WVSCA) issued its decision in Faith United Methodist Church & Cemetery of Terra Alta, et al. v. Morgan, No. 12-0080, setting forth a clear definition of the term...more

7/2/2013 - Energy Estate Planning Mineral Extraction Mineral Rights Natural Resources Oil & Gas Shale Gas Wills

The Shale Play Today - June 2013

In This Issue: - Yours, Mine or Ours? Morgan Clarifies Surface Versus Mineral Ownership in W. Va. - In Northwestern Pa., Gas Drilling Targets Utica - 2012 Pa. Impact Fees - Shale Oil & Gas Estimates...more

6/28/2013 - Impact Fees Mineral Rights Oil & Gas Shale Gas Surface Owner

The Construct - Your Guide to Law in the Construction Industry - June 2013

In This Issue: - Simplifying the Mechanic's Lien Agent Process: NC's New Online Clearinghouse - The Complexities of Mechanic's Liens in West Virginia - I Did The Work -- Where Is My Check? - So, You're Having...more

6/27/2013 - Construction Disputes Liens Mechanics Lien Notice Requirements

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