As gas and oil lease and property rights lawyers in West Virginia (WV), Pennsylvania (PA), and Ohio (OH), we regularly receive questions about our practice. Questions range from our experience in oil and gas compliance matters to property rights issues involving oil and gas extraction. In an effort to explain the intricacies involved in this unique field of business regulation, we have gathered and answered some of the most common FAQ on oil and gas laws.
Target Audience for Our FAQ on Oil and Gas law
Our energy company clients know this industry involves complicated and challenging situations. We help them navigate questions about regulation, property rights, and more and provide skilled and experienced representation when litigation is necessary to resolve disputes. This FAQ on oil and gas law answers the following questions:
- What Areas of Law Are Implicated in Oil and Gas Law?
- Who Regulates the Oil and Gas Industry?
- What Legal Services Does Jenkins Fenstermaker, PLLC Provide to Oil and Gas Businesses?
- How Can an Oil and Gas Attorney Help You Weather the Storm During These Challenging Times?
- Where Can The Oil and Gas Attorneys at Jenkins Fenstermaker, PLLC Represent My Business Interests?
What Areas of Law Are Implicated in Oil and Gas Law?
Oil and gas production requires mining and harvesting natural resources above, on, and below the surface of the earth. Our oil and gas law practice helps clients with the processes, rights, and dispute resolution procedures that businesses face involving natural resource extraction and production of oil, gas, and coal. As a result, we assist clients with more than just oil and gas regulation—we also provide services regarding title search, property rights, lease, zoning, employment/labor, emergency response, and environmental legal matters, among others.
Who Regulates the Oil and Gas Industry?
WV oil, gas, and coal extraction and production are regulated by state law as well as some federal law. In part, the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection and the West Virginia Oil and Gas Conservation Commission regulate oil and gas matters in the state as guided by relevant statutes in the West Virginia Code on operational and reporting requirements and rules and regulations like these:
Jenkins Fenstermaker, PLLC helps clients with both compliance and defense matters.
What Legal Services Does Jenkins Fenstermaker, PLLC Provide to Oil and Gas Businesses?
When you work with an energy and natural resources lawyer at Jenkins Fenstermaker, you receive cutting-edge legal advice on matters relating to oil, gas, and coal extraction and production in the Appalachian Basin area as well as other matters implicated by mining operations. Our attorneys possess sophisticated, insider knowledge of the energy industry as it relates to our communities, and we strive to protect these companies with top-notch performance at local rates.
We offer legal services in many energy-related areas:
- Researching and confirming land title and energy rights;
- Lease creation and negotiation;
- Protecting and pursuing surface, subsurface, mineral, and royalty claims;
- Counsel on other matters regarding natural resources operations;
- Oil, gas, and coal regulation matters;
- Emergency response; and
- General employment, labor, and other legal issues faced by our business clients.
How Can an Oil and Gas Attorney Help You Weather the Storm During these Challenging Times?
Oil and gas companies face difficult challenges that could increase in the coming years. Our goal is to help our energy clients adapt and overcome obstacles under the current administration and ever-changing environmental pressures.
We help oil and gas clients with extraction and production matters in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Ohio in several ways, including the following:
- Negotiate land and mineral rights contracts to obtain and improve infrastructure;
- Improve sustainability by reducing environmental impacts;
- Increase access to natural gas fields; and
- Address fracking challenges.
Where Can The Oil and Gas Attorneys at Jenkins Fenstermaker, PLLC Represent My Business Interests?
Our team of gas and oil lease and property rights lawyers in West Virginia advocate on behalf of clients in all courts throughout WV, PA, and OH, including the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals and the West Virginia Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.
Are You Available to Speak About Recent Changes in the Oil and Gas Industry?
Attorney Allison Farrell is a frequent speaker about emerging issues and updates related to oil and gas laws and how they affect operators in WV, PA, and OH. She is also a member of many associations that focus on energy production, including the Women’s Energy Network and the MLBC Chapter of the AAPL.
Trust the Oil and Gas Attorneys at Jenkins Fenstermaker, PLLC
Attorneys who practice in the oil and gas law area must be intimately familiar with both state and federal statutory laws, common law principles established by courts, and administrative regulations that control companies involved in oil and gas operations.
You deserve a firm that offers a multidisciplinary approach to your energy company’s legal needs at West Virginia-sized rates. At Jenkins Fenstermaker, PLLC, we have more than 90 years of experience serving our oil and gas clients in and around West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Ohio from our Huntington and Clarksburg offices.
For answers to these and other questions not answered in our FAQ on oil and gas law, call Attorney Allison J. Farrell directly at (304) 521-6120 or complete the firm’s online contact form to schedule an appointment to have your energy and natural resources legal questions answered.