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Oil & Gas Lease Negotiations Lease Amendments or Ratifications Oil and Gas Ownerships Rights Surface Concerns for Landowners

West Virginia has always been blessed with an abundance of natural resources. Most recently, the Marcellus and Utica shale plays are bringing new opportunities to our area, specifically Doddridge, Harrison, Ritchie, and Tyler counties. At the same time, the unconventional drilling methods currently favored among producers present new and sometimes complex legal issues.

Every mineral interest is unique, as are the concerns of each oil and gas owner. At Goddard & Wagoner, PLLC our Clarksburg oil and gas attorneys not only know oil and gas law in the Appalachian Basin, we understand the market conditions in our area as well. From the liquid-rich areas of the Marcellus shale play (Tyler County, Doddridge County, and Ritchie County, West Virginia) to the traditional dry gas areas of Marion County, Harrison County, Barbour County, and Upshur County, the attorneys at Goddard & Wagoner, PLLC understand the issues oil and gas owners face. We have a proven track record of successfully representing the interests of West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Ohio’s mineral owners and small producers.

Unlike many oil and gas lawyers whose experience ends at the courtroom door, our lawyers are competent trial attorneys. We have successfully represented individuals and companies in litigation—both with gas companies and other oil and gas owners. Our lawyers are ready and willing to do what it takes to protect your rights and interests in the minerals you own.

If you are a mineral or landowner with questions about your rights, contact the oil and gas attorneys at Goddard & Wagoner, PLLC today at (304) 451-3500 for a consultation. Our lawyers often take oil and gas cases on a contingent fee. You won’t be charged unless we secure money for you.

Oil & Gas Lease Negotiations

The Clarksburg oil and gas attorneys at Goddard & Wagoner, PLLC specialize in West Virginia oil and gas law. Our lawyers have extensive experience assisting West Virginia mineral owners and landowners in negotiating the best possible deals for their property. For new leases, we assist owners in securing higher upfront bonuses and royalty percentages. For owners with aged leases, our oil and gas attorneys can help negotiate amended leases that ensure producers fully develop all resources and that owners receive the maximum value from the new or amended leases. Our oil and gas lawyers can also successfully negotiate lease terms to protect surface rights, ensure water supplies are not interrupted and specify the placement of wells, roads, and equipment.

Oil & Gas Ownership Rights Disputes

Disputes over ownership rights is yet another area of focus for our Clarksburg oil and gas attorneys. In West Virginia, mineral rights were often reserved or severed from the surface many generations ago and handed down via will or inheritance. Today, it is sometimes unclear as to who owns what. When two or more land or mineral owners cannot agree on the specifics of ownership rights, our oil and gas attorneys can help interpret the reservations on our clients’ behalf. In each case, we work to preserve, restore, and maximize our clients’ rights to land and resources.

If you are a West Virginia mineral or landowner with questions about your rights, contact us online or by phone at (304) 451-3500. We can use our resources to protect yours.

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