Oil & Gas Law

GGTBL’s oil, gas and mineral attorneys stand ready to assist landowners in protecting their rights. The negotiation of an oil and gas lease requires a clear understanding of not only the duration and payments of an oil and gas lease, but also the more nuanced issues of unitization, pooling, use of the surface, the availability of implied covenants and the geologic formations covered by the lease. During the lease, our lawyers assist landowners in resolving, and if necessary litigating, disputes regarding use of the surface, rental and royalty payments, easements, and accidents. While accidents are rare, when they occur our lawyers are prepared to advise landowners and guide them through the host of federal, state, and local laws, rules and regulations. Our lawyers can also help end a lease that is no longer being used, has been abandoned or is dormant by applying common-law principles, the Dormant Mineral Act, and forfeiture. This may allow landowners to renegotiate the terms of a lease or enter into a more beneficial lease. Our lawyers are also familiar with underground injection control wells and underground gas storage and are prepared to advise and represent clients to address their concerns surrounding these issues. * Well construction regulations • Ohio Administrative Code 1501:9-08 • Mineral Rights • Oil and Gas Lease • Sale of Mineral Rights • Deed • Oil and Gas Lease • Bonuses • Delay rentals • shut in • Royalties • Use of the surface • Termination • Dormant Mineral Act • Ohio Revised Code section 5301.56 • Forfeiture • Ohio Revised Code section 5301.332 • Marketable Title Act • Ohio Revised Code sections 5301.47 • Ad Coelum Doctrine • Rule of Capture • Easements • Adverse possession • Correlative Rights • Voluntary Pooling • Mandatory Pooling • Ohio Revised Code section 1509.27 • Voluntary Unitization • Forced Unitization • Ohio Revised Code section 1509.28 • Implied Covenants • Implied Covenant to Develop • Implied Covenant to drill an initial exploratory well • Implied Covenant to protect the leasehold from drainage by operators on adjoining lands • Implied Covenant to market the product • Implied Covenant to explore further (e.g., to drill in an additional geologic strata) • Implied Covenant to conduct all operations that affect the lessor’s royalty interest with reasonable care and due diligence • Rights of Way • Oil and gas pipeline • Wells • Horizontal Wells • Utica Shale • Marcellus Shale • Vertical Wells • Clinton Sandstone • Underground injection control wells • Underground gas storage • Liquid hydrocarbons • Natural Gas Liquids • propane • butane • ethane • pentane • Dry gas • methane • Ohio Environmental Protection Agency • Clean Water Act • Clean Air Act • Safe Drinking Water Act • Resource Conservation and Recovery Act • Endangered Species Act • Migratory Bird Treaty Act • The Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act 


Gallagher, Gams, Tallan, Barnes & Littrell, L.L.P., is a premier insurance defense and business litigation firm with strengths in many other areas of law as well.

Founded in 1996 by a cohesive group of litigators with strong relationships and complementary skills, today we have a 10-lawyer team known for taking cases the distance whenever that is in our clients’ best interests. Five of our partners have practiced with distinction for 30 or more years.