Have you been approached by an oil and gas company about gaining a right-of-way to place a pipeline on your property or obtaining an easement from a drilling firm working in the Marcellus shale and Utica shale formations?
As part of the process of obtaining oil and gas from the shale formations in Pennsylvania, energy companies now must move the product obtained from gas and oil producing wells to the rest of the country. Because these rights-of-way can affect your property — permanently — the oil and gas attorneys at Rosenn Jenkins & Greenwald, LLP can guide you through the process of negotiating and obtaining the best possible result or can determine the next steps for you if you have already agreed to a pipeline easement.
Since our founding nearly 60 years ago, we have represented clients throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania, protecting their rights in negotiation and litigation. When a gas company or a pipeline business knocks on your door, trust our experienced lawyers to negotiate the maximum compensation from the drilling company in obtaining the right-of-way across your land with minimal impact to your property and family. We recognize the need for landowners to make sure that the oil and gas company’s current and future activities on your property are limited — while simultaneously obtaining more money and more benefits. Typically, we are able to negotiate for several addenda and guarantees in the pipeline agreement, including:
- Number of pipelines permitted
- Surface use restrictions
- Liability for environmental activities
- General liability
- Pipeline depth
- Maintenance of the easement
- Permitted substances in the pipeline
- Location of the pipeline
Working with Rosenn Jenkins & Greenwald, LLP means protecting yourself, your family and your property.
If you’ve already signed an agreement, our attorneys are able to review the document to determine exactly what your rights and obligations are under it. We can also help you understand whether there is any room for modification after signing. In addition, landowners across the Marcellus and Utica shale formations are receiving new documents — surface use agreements, above-ground water line agreements, temporary gas line contracts and others. Our attorneys are able to assist you in understanding and benefiting from these newer documents, especially if you previously were unaware of the dangers of a pipeline or oil and gas lease agreement.