Surface Estates

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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

Proposed Revisions to Mining Inspection Form Could Decrease Local Control - Form Revisions Could Also Increase Burdens and Costs...

On March 14, the State Mining and Geology Board’s Policy and Legislation Committee will consider an expanded version of the Surface Mining Inspection Report that is required to be completed annually by cities and counties...more

Pennsylvania Legislature Considers Amendments to the Dormant Oil and Gas Act

Proposed changes to Pennsylvania’s Dormant Oil and Gas Act may lead to disputes over the validity of existing oil and gas leases. In Pennsylvania, it has been long understood that the oil and gas subsurface estate may be...more

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