Oil and Gas Law

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When the oil and gas industry is looking to develop an area for oil and gas, the industry is often able to negotiate leases and surface use agreements that do not provide adequate compensation or provide adequate protections to the land and nearby residents.  All too often, families, communities, and even local governments negotiate with the oil and gas industry without adequate legal representation. 

 

Retaining legal representation in negotiating with the oil and gas industry is an excellent investment.  The handful of hours that it might take an experienced oil and gas attorney to negotiate a lease or surface use agreement will more than pay for itself. 


The people who negotiate leases and surface use agreement for the oil and gas industry are called “land-men”.  Land men are professional negotiators who are very experienced in getting landowners and mineral owners to sign their standard lease and surface use agreements.  These standard leases and surface use agreements are written by oil and gas attorneys, to benefit the oil and gas industry. 


I have successfully represented individuals and neighborhoods on oil and gas issues all over Colorado.  If I am unable to get the oil and gas industry to improve its offer, I will not accept any compensation. 

 

Once the wells has been drilled, other issue may arise that will require legal representation.  Other issues that I might be able to assist you with include: proper royalty or property damage payments, accidental spills and releases that cause damage to property or water quality, and adequate reclamation of the surface. 

 

I hope you find the two fact sheets on forced pooling and negotiating a lease helpful.  They are not legal advice.  I cannot give legal advice without actually evaluating your lease or surface use agreement and talking with you to better understand your particular situation.

 

Click here to access the two fact sheets