Real Estate Law

Pa. Decision Could Upset 130 Years of Oil and Gas Conveyances

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Butler v. Charles Powers Estate, a recent decision of the Pennsylvania Superior Court, has thrown into turmoil oil and gas ownership in Pennsylvania. Interpreting nearly 130 years of Pennsylvania law, a three-judge panel of Pennsylvania's intermediate appellate court has questioned who owns the rights to millions, if not billions, of dollars of natural gas locked in Pennsylvania's Marcellus Shale formation where prior deeds reserved or conveyed "minerals" without specifically mentioning "gas."

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