Oil and Gas Industry Law Practice
Collectively our team has decades of experience in the oil and gas industry, with attorneys licensed in Illinois, Indiana Kentucky, and Texas. We represent a variety of parties connected to the oil and gas industry, including oil and gas exploration and production companies, operating companies, well service companies, pipeline companies, construction companies, land holding companies, oil refineries, and industry associations. The Basin Law Group offers a mix of industry know-how, service depth and local contacts with federal and state regulators to address virtually any industry need within the Illinois Basin.
Our attorneys are active in the constantly evolving regulatory climate and its impact on oil and gas operators. We consistently track and analyze pending and anticipated oil and gas regulations and permitting matters and their potential effect on the oil and gas industry.. Our attorneys are members of the Indiana Oil and Gas Association, Illinois Oil and Gas Association, Kentucky Oil and Gas Association, Illinois Bar Association Mineral Law Section, American Association of Professional Landmen, Tri-State Association of Professional Landmen, and the Energy and Mineral Law Foundation. We are currently acting counsel for the Indiana Oil and Gas Association, Co-chair the Legal and Legislative Committee of the Indiana Oil and Gas Association, and are a member of the Legal and Legislative Committee of the Illinois Oil and Gas Association.
Our work ranges from litigation, transactional work, operating agreements, leasing, title opinions, division order opinions, compliance and regulatory proceedings, and all the various issues which arise in exploration and production. We are approved division order attorneys for crude oil first purchasers in the Illinois Basin. Our experience and resources include all phases of the oil and gas development process; from working with land companies in initial leasehold acquisition to executing division orders, issues relating to existing production, and all areas in between.
We cover all aspects of the title examination and analysis process, including full and limited title examination and title due diligence. Our oil and gas title examination and analysis services include:
- Full drilling title opinions
- Acquisition title opinion
- Division order opinions
- Due diligence review of title
- Curative measures required to clear and release locations
- Permitting, commission and regulatory work
We have assisted our clients in both complex and simple purchase and sale transactions and related financing arrangements. We also assist our clients with the various regulatory and compliance aspects of the oil and gas industry. We are experienced in all aspects of the permitting process, integration and unitization proceedings, state leasing matters, spacing exception requests and missing owner proceedings. We regularly deal with the agencies that regulate the mineral development industries.
The legal issues related to oil and gas and other minerals are complex and require the experience and skill necessary to attend to the details inherent in these transactions.
Coal Industry Law Practice
Coal remains the backbone of our nation’s energy production, supplying more than half the nation’s energy. The coal industry is heavily regulated, and coal companies are subject to an array of transactional, regulatory, and litigation issues in their daily operations. The attorneys of the Basin Law Group LLP have a proven track record of handling the unique transactional, regulatory, and litigation issues faced by the coal industry.
Our clients are owners, operators, producers and contractors ranging in size from large international corporations to small, locally owned businesses. Our service includes both complex and simple purchase and sale transactions and related financing arrangements; litigation matters involving real estate or mineral lease and contract preparation; title examinations; and other issues generated by the mining industries. We also represent clients in major commercial and mineral sales and acquisitions.
Attorneys of the firm are prepared to provide legal counsel for even the most complex coal industry concerns, including:
- Mineral title examination and curative measures
- Permitting issues
- Administrative hearings before state and federal regulatory bodies
- Sales, leases, and asset purchases
- Mergers and acquisitions
- Negotiation and litigation in state and federal courts
Coal and Oil & Gas Litigation
Our practice has a strong tradition of providing litigation support to our energy clients. We have acted as legal counsel in title disputes, oil and gas lease violation disputes, royalty disputes, and exploration, development and production obligations. We also advise clients in contract litigation matters and litigation arising out of the sale and purchase of coal, oil and gas properties. Our lawyers have extensive experience in both prosecuting and defending quiet title actions involving mineral properties, trespass, partition actions, and preliminary and permanent injunctions
The firm and its attorneys have been involved in major mineral decisions affecting the mineral industry in the Illinois Basin, including mineral ownership issues, mineral boundary issues, and actions upholding the rights of mineral producers in this area.
The legal issues related to coal and oil litigation are complex and require the experience and skill necessary to handle complex litigation.