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Aug 1, 2017 9:23 PM

When It Comes to Pipelines, Kindness Works Best

These days, rather than go it alone with a personal attorney, most landowners band together as a group, choosing one law firm to represent them with pipeline companies looking to acquire a right-of-way across their lands.

Steven A. Davis | Principal Member Of Sitterley, Vandervoort & Davis, Ltd.
Aug 1, 2017 9:16 PM

Ohio Court of Appeals Clarifies Production in Paying Quantities Rule

On June 16, 2017, Ohio’s Seventh District Court of Appeals issued an important “paying quantities” decision against Beck Energy that will surely shape the future of many “lack of production” cases in Ohio. In Paulus v. Beck Energy Corp.

David J. Wigham | Attorney
Jul 1, 2017 1:25 PM

Ohio Supreme Court Rules in Oil & Gas Lease Interpretation Case

In yet another case in a long series of rulings brought about by Ohio’s shale boom, the Supreme Court of Ohio has interpreted the terms of a certain oil and gas lease in favor of the producer and against the landowner.

David J. Wigham | Attorney
Jul 1, 2017 1:01 PM

Oil & Gas Lease Did Not Terminate for Unpaid Royalties

A lease to drill for oil and gas in Washington County did not terminate when the energy companies failed to pay annual royalties it promised the landowners, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled on June 1.

Dan Trevas | Court News Ohio
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Jun 20, 2017 12:00 PM

Record Keeping Essential to Prove Lack Of Production in Paying Quantities

Oil and gas leases typically include language indicating that the lease will remain in effect so long as the leased property continues to produce oil and gas in paying quantities.

Andrew P. Lycans | Attorney
May 9, 2017 1:42 PM

Legal Battles Continue in Ohio Over Oil & Gas Rights

Many Ohio lawsuits between surface owners and mineral owners over ownership of valuable oil and gas rights are being filed, and many others remain active, even after the Supreme Court of Ohio issued its sweeping decision on September 15, 2016 in Corban v.

Apr 12, 2017 1:24 PM

Trust Responds to Article About Eminent Domain

Trustees for the Teter Trust recenlty responded to an article in the February issue of the Ohio Gas Oil magazine and asked for an opportunity to address issues raised in an article written by Atty. Monica E. Russell. Carol A. Teter and John K.

Mar 6, 2017 11:51 AM

Rover Pipeline Files Mass Condemnation Actions in Ohio

On February 2, 2017, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) issued a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity under Section 7(c) of the Natural Gas Act approving the Rover Pipeline Project and enabling the project sponsor, Rover Pipeline LLC (“Rover”), to begin filing condemnation actions against landowners in the pipeline route.

David J. Wigham | Attorney
Feb 6, 2017 4:01 PM

Environmental and Other Groups Praise Kasich Veto of HB 554

House Bill 554 was introduced into the Ohio House of Representatives by Rep. Ron Amstutz, a Wooster Republican, and is a companion to Senate Bill 320, which was introduced by Cincinnati Republican Sen. Bill Seitz.

Feb 6, 2017 1:26 PM

Court Rules Sunoco Can Use Eminent Domain for Pipeline

On September 29, 2016, an Ohio appeals court found that propane and butane are considered “petroleum” and the construction and maintenance of a pipeline across private property to transport propane and butane is necessary and for a public use.

Monica E. Russell | Attorney
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Feb 6, 2017 11:49 AM

Severed Mineral Owners to Face Legal Hurdles

On September 15, 2016, the Supreme Court of Ohio issued its long awaited decision in Corban v.

David J. Wigham | Attorney
Dec 1, 2016 1:00 AM

Ohio Supreme Court Rules in Landowner Royalty Case

In a closely watched and long-awaited case with potentially sweeping industry-wide consequences, the Supreme Court of Ohio refused to adopt a default rule regarding deduction of postproduction costs from landowner royalties in Ohio. In the case of Lutz v.

By David J. Wigham | Attorney
Dec 1, 2016 1:00 AM

Negotiating a Pipeline Contract?Here Are Some Tips

As the development of shale energy continues, pipelines and related infrastructure are spreading across farmland. New gathering lines now extend out to wells that have come on-line in recent years.

By Clif Little | Osu Extension, Guernsey County
Dec 1, 2016 1:00 AM

Media Hype Aside, Energy Industry Is Exceptionally Safe

The new movie “Deepwater Horizon” chronicles the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. This is a story worth telling, but the Deepwater disaster should not indict the entire energy industry.

By Robert Bradley Jr. | Institute For Energy Research
Dec 1, 2016 1:00 AM

Don't Give up on Those Mineral Rights Yet

The Ohio Supreme Court’s recent decision in Corban v. Chesapeake Exploration, L.L.C.

By Andrew P. Lycans | Attorney
Member Spotlight: Charlotte M. Pierce, Mason Producing Inc.
Nov 1, 2016 1:18 PM

Member Spotlight: Charlotte M. Pierce, Mason Producing Inc.

The member spotlight series features legacy OOGA members who have been a member of the Association for at least 10 years. If you would like to recommend someone to be highlighted, please contact Lyndsey Kleven at lyndsey@ooga.

Lyndsey Kleven | Communications Coordinator
Nov 1, 2016 12:41 PM

Opinion: Unclog the Pipeline to Economic & Energy Security

Plans for a new oil pipeline just went up in flames -- literally. This summer, radical environmentalists in Iowa set fire to pipeline construction equipment, causing nearly $1 million in damages. The incident was hardly isolated.

Tom Borelli | Conservative Review
Nov 1, 2016 11:35 AM

Severed Mineral Owners to Benefit From Recent Supreme Court Ruling but Challenges Remain

On September 15, 2016, there was a sudden, dramatic and unexpected shift in ownership rights of mineral interests when the Ohio Supreme Court issued its ruling in Corban v. Chesapeake Exploration, LLC, 2016-Ohio-5796.

David J. Wigham | Attorney
Energy Experts Look at Current Trends
Nov 1, 2016 11:27 AM

Energy Experts Look at Current Trends

Current trends in the energy industry took the spotlight in October as several dozen local business and community leaders gathered to hear from a pair of industry insiders during the Cambridge Area Chamber of Commerce’s October Coffee Commerce, event.

Dan Davis | Dix Commnications
Environmentalists Unrealistic About Leaving Natural Gas in the Ground
Oct 3, 2016 12:49 PM

Environmentalists Unrealistic About Leaving Natural Gas in the Ground

As an engineer and retired business leader, I believe that renewable energy and energy conservation are important for meeting our long term energy needs, especially if they can reduce dependence on oil imports that drain U.S.

Norm Shade | Sr. Consultant & President Emeritus Aci Services Inc.