OIL & GAS

To say the least, these are challenging times in the oil and gas industry. Price volatility has reversed the drilling boom of recent years, causing attrition in the marketplace, major layoffs and more. Increasing industry regulation has added to the challenge with unprecedented layers of complexity in both transactions and compliance at the federal, state and local levels. Litigation, especially related to contracts and regulatory issues, is a major concern. The result: oil and gas companies need legal partners who will recognize opportunities, provide a current map, straighten the road and fuel success no matter the current climate.

  • Joint Ventures For Acquiring, Developing and/or Operating Oil and Gas Assets
    Represented developers, operators and investors in connection with numerous joint ventures formed for the purpose of jointly acquiring, developing and/or operating oil and gas assets.
  • Numerous Transactions with an Aggregate Value of Over $1 Billion
    Represented various Marcellus Shale E&P companies in numerous purchase, sale, swap and exchange transactions with an aggregate transaction value of over $1 billion.
  • Pennsylvania's residual waste regulations
    Advised an energy company on regulatory changes to Pennsylvania's complex residual waste regulations.
  • Acquisition of 650,000 net acres in the Marcellus Shale
    Served as Pennsylvania counsel to Global 100 Energy Company in its $5.4 billion acquisition of 650,000 net acres in the Marcellus Shale.
  • Multi-Party Clean Water Act Action
    Represented an oil distribution company in a multi-party Clean Water Act action involving alleged petroleum contamination of navigable waters.
  • Alpha Natural Resources, Inc. 50/50 joint venture with Rice Energy LP
    Represented Alpha Natural Resources, Inc., in forming a 50/50 joint venture with Rice Energy LP to develop Marcellus Shale gas resources.
  • Regulatory Litigation Regarding Coal Rights
    Represented a large coal company in regulatory litigation regarding coal rights and conflicting oil and gas interests in a case of first impression before the Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board.
  • 300 Million Acquisition of 62,600 Net Acres in the Marcellus Shale
    Served as Pennsylvania counsel to Fortune Global 200 Company in its $300 million acquisition of 62,600 net acres in the Marcellus Shale.
  • Defense Verdict on Behalf of an International Commodities Trading Company
    Obtained a defense verdict on behalf of an international commodities trading company in a three–day trial involving a multi–million dollar dispute. The trial involved issues of first impression regarding the cancellation of book transfers in the petroleum industry.
  • Financing to a Fortune 500 Energy Company
    Represented Fortune 200 Financial Institution in connection with a $1 billion credit facility financing to a Fortune 500 Energy Company.
  • Obtained five emergency injunctions for a Fortune 200 oil and gas company by successfully arguing that the client’s right to operate upon the properties for oil and gas necessarily includes the right to explore for that same oil and gas via seismic testing.
  • Oil Company Defendants in More Than 100 Litigated Cases
    Successfully represented oil company defendants in more than 100 litigated cases involving leaking underground storage tanks.
  • Represented a private equity-backed oil and gas company in the sale of an $80MM subsidiary and the negotiation of $1B+ long-term gas gathering, processing, fractionation and marketing agreements with a public midstream operator.
  • Dominion Transmission Inc. in a 150 Plaintiff Action
    Represented Dominion Transmission Inc. in a 150 plaintiff action seeking to void numerous oil and gas leases.
  • Roll-up of Appalachian Basin Oil and Gas Assets into Publicly-Traded Partnership
    Represented a privately-held E&P Company in connection with a roll-up of its Appalachian Basin oil and gas assets into publicly-traded partnership.
  • UST and Related Environmental Litigations
    Represented BP/Amoco and gas station operators in UST and related environmental litigations.
  • ArcelorMittal LLC in State Litigation
    Represented ArcelorMittal LLC in state litigation with tenet involving lease obligations and issues relating to residual waste general permits and stormwater.
  • Permitting and Land Use Issues
    Represented a midstream natural gas company regarding permitting and land use issues associated with the construction of new pipelines and related compressor stations to serve Marcellus Shale wells.
  • 13E Transactions
    Represented PDC Energy's Special Committee of the Board of Directors in a series of 13E transactions.
  • Defense Verdict on Behalf of Natural Gas Producers
    Obtained a defense verdict on behalf of multiple natural gas producers in a landowner's lawsuit to cancel and oil and gas lease for failure to timely remit delay rentals.
  • Joint Venture to Develop Net Acres in the Marcellus Shale
    Represented a publicly-traded E&P Company in connection with the formation of a joint venture to develop in excess of 10,000 net acres in the Marcellus Shale.
  • Private Placement of CNX Gas Common Stock
    Represented CNX Gas Corporation, a newly formed company comprising substantially all of the gas business of CONSOL Energy, in an agented private placement of CNX Gas common stock valued at nearly $420 million and CNX Gas' related initial public registration.
  • Pennsylvania counsel to Reliance Industries Ltd.
    Served as Pennsylvania counsel to Reliance Industries Ltd. in its $1.7 billion joint venture with Atlas Energy Inc. in the Marcellus Shale.
  • Purchase and Sale of Oil and Gas Properties in the Appalachian and Permian Basins
    Represented publicly-traded E&P Company in the purchase and sale of over $3 billion in oil and gas properties in the Appalachian and Permian Basins.
  • Sale Mineral Rights and Leasehold Interests in Clearfield and Westmoreland Counties
    Represented a privately-held E&P Company in connection with the sale of thousands of acres of mineral rights and leasehold interests in Clearfield and Westmoreland Counties, together with working interests in approximately 100 shallow wells located on such acreage, to a publicly-traded E&P Company.
  • Formation of a $200 Million Marcellus Shale Joint Venture
    Assisted Fortune 1000 Natural Resources Company in connection with the formation of a $200 million Marcellus Shale joint venture.
  • Alleged Breach Contract to Lease Compression Unit
    Represented an oil and gas producer in a multi–million dollar action involving the alleged breach of a contract to lease a compression unit.
  • Coal Financing Projects
    Represented a major financial institution in coal financing projects, including conducting due diligence regarding real estate, environmental and reclamation issues, and advising on related title issues.
  • Proposed Sale of 200,000 Net Acres in the Marcellus Shale
    Represented Fortune 500 E&P Company in connection with the proposed sale of 200,000 net acres in the Marcellus Shale.
  • Complex Residual Waste Regulations
    Advised an energy company on regulatory changes to Pennsylvania's complex residual waste regulations.
  • EQT - SEC Transactions
    Represented EQT in its $300 million private placement of stock; its $500 million debt shelf takedown; its $750 million debt shelf takedown; and acted as Pennsylvania counsel on its spin-out of partnership interests in its midstream business.
  • Natural Gas Contained in the Marcellus Shale Strata
    Appellate counsel responsible for petition for allowance of appeal to Pennsylvania Supreme Court involving whether the term "minerals" in deed includes natural gas contained in the Marcellus Shale strata.
  • Resolution of State Claims for Natural Resource Damages
    Represented multiple clients with respect to resolution of state claims for natural resource damages.
  • Purchase of Oil and Gas Properties
    Represented Fortune 500 E&P Company in the purchase of $300 million of oil and gas properties in the Marcellus Shale.