Energy and Natural ResourcesSteven Chadwick, Robert Jochen and Michael Joy, The Legal Intelligencer
Pa. Court Confirms Lessee's Right of Joint Development
On April 8, the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas upheld an operator's rights to develop multiple, contiguous leaseholds by horizontal drilling. It is hoped that the court's opinion in the matter of EQT Production v. Opatkiewicz, G.D. No. 13-013489 (Pa. Ct. Com. Pl. Allegheny Cnty. April 8, 2014), will define the scope of and bring clarity of intent to a misunderstood and oft-maligned piece of legislation, Section 34.1 of the Pennsylvania Oil and Gas Lease Act.