Oil & Gas Law
Oil & Gas Law Attorneys in New York and Pennsylvania
The Marcellus Shale has generated a great deal of discussion and activity for landowners across New York and Pennsylvania. In addition to our New York office locations, our Montrose office is located in the heart of Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale development and assists both local and out of state clients. At Coughlin & Gerhart, our experienced team of attorneys works to ensure that no matter their views, our landowner clients who possess oil, gas, and minerals achieve their goals and protect their rights as landowners. Some landowners want to sign oil and gas leases while others do not. Some landowners may be willing to have a pipeline cross their property and others may not. We want our clients to be educated in the pros and cons of signing such documents — particularly of the environmental concerns and protections that can be provided for in leases and pipeline agreements, as well as the economic considerations.
As a regional firm, Coughlin & Gerhart recognizes the importance of the land and resources to landowners in our region. That is why we are dedicated to ensuring that those with a financial or other legal interest in oil, gas, and mineral rights can proceed with certainty knowing that their interests are protected — no matter what your views or goals may be.
As a full-service firm, we routinely work in areas that become important when working with resource protection and extraction. These include the impacts that drilling activities have on municipal infrastructure, including roads, utilities, schools, and other sensitive areas.
We assist individual property owners in the negotiation and execution of oil and gas leases, as well as pipeline right of way easements. We negotiate all aspects of leases, including upfront bonus payments, royalty rates, environmental protections, and restoration provisions.
Oil and gas leasing and development cross so many areas of the law in so many different ways. It certainly will affect a landowner’s real estate, but also may have a big impact on their wills and estates, business matters, or even matrimonial matters. For these reasons, we are dedicated to ensuring that landowners are educated about such matters, that their interests are protected, and that their goals are met.
A number of our attorneys are licensed to practice in Pennsylvania where gas leasing is more prevalent, and we have a great deal of experience in negotiating these agreements and assisting clients with all of their legal needs as they relate to oil and gas development.
Because the financial stakes involved in oil and gas leases are almost always high, landowners and drilling operators often come into conflict over the terms of leases, particularly royalties. Our attorneys are experienced in successfully resolving these disputes and helping our clients prevail when disputes must be taken to court in order to be resolved.