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When a worker takes legal action

We have addressed many different legal challenges that oil and gas companies face, from considerations related to contracts to trespassing and land use. However, there are many other reasons why a business or individual may decide to take an oil and gas company to court. For example, you may find yourself in this position because a worker has decided to pursue legal action, in which case it is especially important to be prepared. Not only could the outcome of this case have an immediate impact on your business from a financial angle, but it could lead to other challenges down the road (such as additional cases brought on by other workers).

Handling allegations of trespassing

Oil and gas companies face legal challenges involving a wide variety of issues, but we will look into trespassing in this post. If you run an oil and gas firm and your company is being taken to court for trespassing, it is important to be aware of the potential consequences that may lie ahead and do what you can to protect your business. You may have a number of options related to the case and there could be unique considerations which could have a major impact on the end result of the suit. We are well aware of the pressure that many business owners in Ohio may experience when these matters arise, but it is crucial to stay focused during this dilemma.

Land use and regulatory compliance

For oil & gas company owners, a plethora of challenges may arise. If you run one of these companies in Ohio, the attorneys at Baker, Dublikar, Beck, Wiley & Mathews fully understand how complicated these hurdles can be. Handling these types of problems when they arise is essential, but it is also incredibly important to look into preventative measures that can be taken. For example, many companies have encountered serious problems related to land use and regulations, so it is a good idea to review any relevant regulatory matters related to land use and ensure regulatory compliance. However, we certainly understand that things can go wrong for various reasons.

The oil & gas permitting process

When it comes to oil & gas permitting, there are many issues that must be taken into consideration. If you have any areas of uncertainty with respect to this aspect of your business, it is crucial to have a solid understanding of your options and regulations at the state and federal level which could affect you. From selecting a site to working with clients and business partners, there are many different facets of the permitting process that need to be taken into consideration carefully. The way in which you handle the permitting process could affect your business in the near future and years down the road.

What if a company does not honor our lease?

If you have decided to lease your Ohio mineral rights to an oil and gas company, particularly one drilling in the Utica Shale region, you may be concerned about whether or not the company is operating within the terms of your lease. If they in any way violate your lease, whether they refuse to honor the royalty payment agreement or they infringe upon your property and rights in ways prohibited by the lease, what are your options to pursue justice?

How close can oil and gas companies drill to my home?

While you may have leased the mineral rights on your Ohio property to an oil and gas company for royalties, that still does not mean you want unsightly oil wells - particularly surface wells - visible from your home. Nor do you want to face the potential health and safety issues that come with having an active oil well right in your back yard. So what is the minimum distance at which oil and companies can drill?

is there an oil and gas lease on my property?

Matters concerning land ownership and leasing can be complicated and involve leasing and rights stretching back years, if not decades. You may have a development or non-development lease on your Ohio property, and not even know it - particularly if your property is situated in the highly coveted Utica Shale region. So how can you find out if you have a lease on your land already, and who owns the rights to that lease?

Does state law overrule city law in oil and gas zoning?

As a land owner in Ohio, you may be well aware of oil and gas companies seeking the rights to drill on or near your land. City zoning ordinances in your particular area may prevent these companies from obtaining the necessary zoning rights, but often city and state laws regarding zoning for drilling are different - and can even conflict each other. Can differences in city and state zoning rights put your property or adjacent property at risk from drilling companies?

Trespass vs nuisance

Property owners in Ohio should be aware of the terms trespass and nuisance, as they both relate to protected interests in regard to the possession, enjoyment and use of land. A person who commits either of these acts may be liable in court whether harm was caused or not.

What isn't in your oil and gas lease

When you discovered that there was oil beneath your Ohio property, you may have imagined large royalty checks coming in monthly that would allow you to retire and live in luxury. However, the contracts used by oil and gas extraction companies are often complex. We at the law firm of Baker, Dublikar, Beck, Wiley & Mathews are well-versed in the information that every landowner should know before signing a contract with an energy company.

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