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Natural Resources & Energy

Acquisition of Mineral Properties

Attorneys and paralegals at the law firm of Shumway Van have been involved in local and multi-state transactions involving the acquisition and sale of mineral properties. Representative minerals include proven and unproven properties for oil and gas, coalbed methane, tar sands, oil shale, and precious minerals. The experience of our oil, gas and mineral rights lawyers extends to the acquisitions of mineral interests in federal, state and private lands. Also, our mineral rights and environmental law attorneys have assisted numerous operators in lease acquisitions.

Complex Title Examinations and Acquisition Due Diligence

The attorneys in our natural resources and energy law practice group are able to assist clients by rendering mineral title opinions, status reports, apparent ownership take-off, and other reports. These attorneys work from abstracts of title or from their own stand-up searches. The scope of work requested by clients often includes company data room examination; traditional federal and county title searches; permits, approvals, and regulatory compliance searches.

Pipeline Acquisition and Permitting

The attorneys at our law firm who work on pipeline acquisition and permitting matters primarily focus on contract negotiation for rights-of-way and related legal work. Oftentimes these lawyers will also work on condemning pipeline rights-of-way for movement of produced minerals or refined products. The initial services provided by the attorneys working in this practice area might include title examinations to determine ownership of along the proposed right-of-way corridor and may continue through to the successful acquisition of the corridor itself.

Federal and State Regulatory Compliance

As you might expect, exploration and production operations are heavily regulated by governmental agencies no matter where the mineral assets are located. Because many of our clients conduct operations in “public land” states such as Utah and Colorado, as well as states such as Texas, there is often overlapping federal, Indian, and state operational jurisdiction associated with the same project. The environmental and mineral law attorneys at Shumway Van are able to practice before state oil, gas, and mining conservation commissions, assist clients with associated regulatory permitting and other compliance issues or concerns, and negotiating with various agencies and mineral owners on the wide range of simple or complex permitting matters.

Natural Resources Litigation and Appeals

Shumway Van’s trial lawyers serve energy industry clients, both as plaintiffs and defendants, in every type of dispute. Our clients include, but are not limited to, exploration and production companies; pipelines; producers; oil and gas processors; oil field service companies; landowners; marketing companies; and financial players in the energy industry, including equity investors and lenders.

A partial list of the types of matters we handle for our energy industry clients is as follows:

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Contract Disputes
  • Business Torts
  • Securities Litigation
  • Consumer Class Actions
  • Intellectual Property
  • Joint Venture Disputes
  • Plant Operations
  • Operator Claims & Liabilities
  • Construction & Project Related Disputes
  • Joint Operating Agreement Disputes
  • Mass Torts and Catastrophic Events

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