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 gas
• Appeals to Circuit and Supreme Court.
• Administrative proceedings before
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Charleston, WV 25301
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1624 Kenwood Rd, Charleston WV 25314
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December 21, 2018 – An article/video focusing on the abuses of surface owners by drillers written by Ken Ward at the Charleston Gazette-Mail partly funded by ProPublica.
JUNE 19, 2018 - The recent shale boom could benefit West Virginia's economy in different ways, but could also harm surface owners' rights.
March 12, 2017 - Regarding “public use” for pipelines and what landowners should be paid.
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
June, 2, 2008 - Originally appeared in The WV Times-Record
"...[A] brilliant and entertaining [WVa Supreme Court] brief."
November 20, 2018 – Press conference on behalf of West Virginia Surface Owner’s Rights Organization asking Department of Environmental Protection for hearing on transfer of conventional wells from drillers who can afford to plug wells to a company that will not be able to plug them when the time comes. Read more . . .
July 8, 2016 – West Virginia must get it right with gas and not let small civic contributions from natural gas companies replace just compensation for surface owners and environmental responsibility.
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..."
May 26, 2008 - Associated Press - Charleston Gazette - "McMahon recently started a campaign . . . through the W. Va. Surface Owners' Rights Organization."
April/June, 2010 - "The Marcellus Shale, The need to change real estate transaction documents."
August 4, 2008 - West Virginia Public Radio Coverage of educational meeting for landowners. "The most important thing is – understand what you are signing."