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Concentrating in oil and gas law.
Representing small and medium land and mineral owners.
• Lease negotiation.
• Lease Amendment review and negotiation.
• Lease review and addendum writing.
• Royalty calculation and payment issues.
• Flat rate royalty cases.
• Analyzing old leases for termination issues.
• Pooling and unitization issues.
• Preparation & filing of comments on oil and
• Appeals to Circuit and Supreme Court.
• Administrative proceedings before D.E.P. in Charleston.
• Consultations with other lawyers.
“West Virginia Surface Owner’s Guide to Oil and Gas"
Of the West Virginia Surface Owners Rights Organization (WV SORO)
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in the State Journal
April 12, 2014 - Our position has always been if it's a fair
bill [a forced pooling bill] would be a good thing even though some people
might find it philosophically objectionable. The problem is the industry
has never offered a fair bill. Read
in the Gazette-Mail
May 11, 2013 - "The vast wealth of the Marcellus
Shale is something beyond our state's collective experience
and requires new thinking. Most importantly it means
that our state needs to create and use our new wealth
without making the same mistakes we made with coal." Read
Voted a business leader
January 4, 2012 - Voted 13th
out of 30 business leaders by an informal poll conducted by the statewide
business newspaper, the West Virginia State Journal. Read article...
Quoted in the New York Times
December 1, 2011 - “With a gas lease, you’re permitting
industrial activity in your backyard, and you’re starting a relationship
that will affect the quality of living for you and your grandchildren
for decades,” he said. Read
in the West Virginia State Journal
November 22, 2011 - For some mineral owners, an
abandoned gas well may complicate the possibility of
negotiating a more profitable lease in the Marcellus
Article in West
Virginia State Journal
September 2011 - Authorities Discuss
Surface owner Rights
"Lawsuits surround the issue of surface versus mineral rights and one
Charleston attorney says oil and gas companies have gone too far..."
WVU Law School Seminar for Practicing Lawyers
June, 2011 - MARCELLUS
SHALE IN WEST VIRGINIA 2011 - DVD SEMINAR (R80-1112).
The Marcellus Shale in West Virginia: Surface
Owner Rights: Rights of the Subservient Estate
West Virginia State Bar Magazine Article
April/June, 2010 - "The Marcellus Shale, The need to
change real estate transaction documents."
Oil & gas drillers pushing landowners for fast deals
August 4, 2008 - West Virginia Public Radio Coverage
of educational meeting for landowners. "The most
important thing is – understand what you are signing."
Difference between shallow, deep wells at issue
June, 2, 2008 - Originally
appeared in The WV Times-Record
"...[A] brilliant and entertaining [WVa Supreme Court] brief."
Land Owners Pressured on Gas Leases
May 26, 2008 - Associated Press - Charleston Gazette
"McMahon recently started a campaign . . . through the W. Va. Surface Owners' Rights Organization."