An oil and gas company desperately needed an landowner to lease acreage in order to make a ‘drilling unit’. The landowner refused to deal with any oil and gas company and refused all offers to negotiate a fair oil and gas lease. Our firm was retained to help. After spending several hours with the family at their kitchen table to learn of their reasons and concerns; and, after taking the time to fully explain what each provision of a Producers 88 Oil and Gas Lease meant, then recrafting terms to satisfy their particular concerns, we were able to obtain signature. The company drilled-up the unit; and, both oil and gas was discovered in paying quantities.
A service company provided faulty ‘drill-pipe’ to a location resulting in ‘bore hole failure’; and, it refused to indemnify the operator for the loss. Our firm was retained to dispute and defend in litigation. By assuring that the drill stem in question was preserved, we were able to report a successful result to the client.
A private landowner was approached by an oil company to lease its subsurface rights; however, due to past severances or fracturing of the mineral rights, it was unclear who had the legal authority to lawfully execute and bind the land. The landowner and the company retained the firm to unify the subsurface rights and interests. Once the project was successfully completed and an oil and gas lease executed and filed of record, the company drilled-up the unit and discovered oil and gas in paying quantities.
The firm has been engaged on many occasions to negotiate better oil and gas lease terms and conditions – most particularly a better bonus payment and improved royalty interest.
Given our industry contacts, and on behalf of landowners and companies as well, our firm has also achieved success in arranging for oil companies to explore for, drill and produce hydrocarbons in paying quantities from desired or sought after subsurface formations . Given its reputation, lawyers from the firm have been asked to assist attorneys, for both oil companies and landowners in other States, to assist in preparing and implementing legal strategies involving matters of complex resources litigation. The firm has also appeared before the Supervisor of Wells involving matters of forced pooling.