Business Services

Energy, Utilities, Oil & Gas

Ohio is the future of America's energy supply chain. As the largest law firm located in the Utica Shale region of northeast Ohio, Roetzel is uniquely well-positioned to help oil and gas industry clients achieve their strategic goals and objectives. We represent clients in all sectors of the energy industry, including power generation and transmission, integrated energy companies, oil and gas producers, electric and gas utilities, and mining companies. Roetzel attorneys also counsel companies that serve the energy industry, including equipment manufacturers and retailers.

Roetzel attorneys understand the oil and gas business.

Our leading state government affairs practice in Ohio's capital makes us the cardinal choice to provide counsel to clients in this thriving industry. Our experienced attorneys counsel oil and gas industry clients on a wide range of business, legislative, regulatory and litigation matters, including employment, land use, pipeline acquisition/eminent domain and emergency response issues. Roetzel attorneys understand the oil and gas business and are in tune with capital costs, infrastructure, and manpower issues relating to the development of the Utica Shale region. Our representative clients include producers, pipelines, gathering and local distribution companies, drilling and service companies, financial institutions, landowners, and end-use customers.

Additionally, Roetzel is able to assist those providers who are required to obtain a certificate from the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO), for wanting to act as gas marketers or aggregators in Ohio. Our group includes an attorney formerly with the PUCO, and two attorneys formerly with the Environmental Enforcement Section of the Ohio Attorney General's Office.

The services we provide to energy, utility, and oil & gas clients include:

Business Services

  • Drafting and negotiating documents, including drilling contracts, participation agreements, pooling and unitization agreements, joint operating agreements, farm-in and farm-out agreements, master service and site access agreements, fuel supply and exploration agreements
  • Drafting and reviewing leases, mineral title assignments, title reviews, easements and right-of-way agreements
  • Structuring special financing arrangements, including overriding royalty interest, net profits interest and production payment arrangements, and providing counsel on tax, customs and related rights

Government Affairs

  • Providing strategic advice and assistance in developing and implementing legislative strategies on state and federal levels
  • Monitoring energy and environmental legislation and advocating in support of client business objectives
  • Maintaining regular communications and arranging meetings with key local, state and federal officials
  • Reviewing and counseling on regulatory impacts and rulemaking procedures
  • Providing advice and counseling on political strategies including campaign & election laws and government ethics
  • Assisting with lobbying compliance report preparation

Complex Litigation

  • Advising clients in ground water contamination, nuisance, trespass and other toxic tort, personal injury and property damage matters, including class action litigation and other multi-party disputes
  • Representing clients in government regulatory enforcement litigation matters
  • Pipeline acquisition projects and eminent domain litigation, including securing rights of entry for preliminary surveys and studies
  • Representing producers in various lease and access disputes, including claims of forfeiture, implied covenants and abandonment
  • Handling litigation between interest holders in producing properties, contract and lease disputes and title controversies

Environmental

  • Advising and representing clients in connection with local, state and federal permitting and compliance matters, including the permitting of drilling activities, pipelines and other associated infrastructure
  • Counseling clients on wastewater management and disposal requirements, stream and wetland impact matters, erosion and sediment control (E & SC) plans and permitting, endangered and threatened species compliance obligations, and cultural resource issues
  • Representing clients in matters involving the remediation of impacted sites

Our Experience

  • Assisted a major petroleum company with an emergency response effort associated with an incident that occurred at a petroleum products refinery in Ohio
  • Successfully represented a large oil company in a lawsuit brought by 100 plaintiffs who alleged that contaminants from a property that the company previously owned and operated had migrated using the public sewer as a conduit onto their respective properties
  • Provided legal counsel and representation to a major petroleum company in connection with the permitting and construction of a 150-mile petroleum products pipeline between a refinery and a distribution terminal facility by obtaining the Clean Water Act Section 401 and 404 permits that were necessary to authorize crossing the 350-plus rivers/streams and more than 50 wetlands within the pipeline corridor, including the Ohio River
  • Represent an oil and gas well operator in lawsuits brought by plaintiffs who allege contamination of the properties and persons with toxic, carcinogenic and otherwise ultra-hazardous materials from various oil and gas exploration and production activities, including drilling and hydraulic fracturing
  • Successfully defended an Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) appeal of a drilling permit denial based on complaints of fraudulent leasing in an urban unit with more than 70 leases
  • Provide federal, state, and local lobbying for a Fortune 250 utility
  • Provided counsel and played a significant role in the deregulation of Ohio's electric utility industry
  • Represented a utility in a jury trial regarding the plaintiff's claim of permanent injury resulting from release of the toxic chemical hydrazine in a nuclear power plant
  • Minimized a public utility company's liability exposure in an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) investigation about an electrocution fatality
  • Represented a utility in a case involving the electrocution death of a homeowner installing an antenna
  • Serve as Ohio counsel in asbestos lawsuits for the world's largest integrated oil company
  • Represented a utility company in a breach of contract claim
  • Represented a public utility in multiple employment discrimination actions
  • Obtained a jury verdict on behalf of a natural gas marketing company in a commercial dispute with an out-of-state supplier, which terminated the client's natural gas supply
  • Represented a utility in a dispute over the design and construction of high-tension electric lines in conformance with the National Electrical Safety Code
  • Represented a utility company on an action brought by a competitor challenging our client's competitive rate practices
  • Represented a major petroleum company in connection with the permitting and construction of a petroleum pipeline
  • Prevailed in both the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) and the Ohio Supreme Court on an action brought by a commercial customer challenging our utility client's billing structure
  • Represented a utility in an injunction action to prevent obstruction of power lines and recover compensation for damages
  • Represented a commercial customer in a Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) complaint successfully challenging the billing practices of a local telephone company

Related Media & Events

  1. Alerts
    Can Your Business Fly Under the Radar? - Oct 16, 2017
    State Budget Wrap-Up: Extensive Public Policy and Funding Changes - What You Need to Know - Jul 3, 2017
    Governor Kasich Releases $144 Billion State Budget Proposal - What You Need to Know - Jan 30, 2017
    Ohio Supreme Court Rules in Landowner Royalty Case - Nov 7, 2016
    Pipeline Companies Win Key Battles in War for Eminent Domain Rights - Sep 19, 2016
    Ohio Supreme Court Rules in Ohio Dormant Mineral Act Cases - Sep 19, 2016
    FAA Issues Long-Anticipated Commercial Drone Rules & Eliminates the Section 333 Exemption Process - Jun 22, 2016
    Ohio Legislature Passes Over 30 Bills in 48 Hours - Jun 9, 2016
    Ohio Supreme Court Rules on Beck Energy Lease Validity Cases - Jan 22, 2016
    Ohio Appeals Court Remands Case to Trial Court for Assessment of "Reasonableness" in Delay of Repairs to Well - Dec 2, 2015
    Ohio Supreme Court Issues First Opinion Interpreting the Dormant Mineral Act - Jun 18, 2015
    Ohio Supreme Court Accepts Review of Certified Question from Ohio Federal Court in Royalty Case - Jun 3, 2015
  2. Articles
    Ohio Appellate Court Limits the MTA and the DMA in Mineral Rights Dispute - March 2019 - Ohio Gas & Oil
    Ohio Supreme Court Interprets the MTA to Preserve a Severed Mineral Interest - February 2019 - Ohio Gas & Oil
    Ohio Court Rulings Continue in Legal Battles Over Severed Mineral Rights - December 2018 - Ohio Gas & Oil
    Ohio Court Refuses to Apply Statute of Limitations in Lease Validity Dispute - November 2018 - Ohio Gas & Oil
    Ohio Court Issues Favorable Landowner Ruling in Important Unitization Case - October 2018 - Ohio Gas & Oil
    Ohio Court of Appeals Affirms "Paying Quantities" Ruling Against Local Producer - September 2018 - Ohio Gas & Oil
    Ohio Appellate Court Clarifies Notice Requirements under the 2006 Dormant Act - May 2018 - Ohio Gas & Oil
    Ohio Federal Court Rules in Landowner Royalty Case - Apr 1, 2018 - Ohio Gas & Oil
    Statute of Limitations in Lack of Production - Mar 1, 2018
    Ohio Appellate Court Adopts Texas Rule to Resolve Mineral Ownership Dispute - Feb 1, 2018 - Ohio Gas & Oil
    Ohio Court Applies 21-Year Statute of Limitations in Lack of Production Case - October 2017 - Ohio Gas & Oil Magazine
    Ohio Court of Appeals Clarifies "Production in Paying Quantities" Rule - Aug 1, 2017 - Ohio Gas & Oil
    Ohio Supreme Court Rules in Oil & Gas Lease Interpretation Case - Jul 1, 2017 - Ohio Gas & Oil
    Legal Battles Continue in Ohio Over Oil & Gas Rights - May 1, 2017 - Ohio Gas & Oil
    Ohio Gas & OilRover Pipeline Files Mass Condemnation Actions in Ohio - Mar 1, 2017 - Ohio Gas & Oil
    Severed Mineral Owners to Face Legal Hurdles - Feb 1, 2017 - Ohio Gas & Oil
    Court Ruling Favors Several Mineral Rights Owners - Oct 3, 2016 - The Daily Jeff
    Nexus Pipeline Alternative Route Could Hit Stark and Wayne Counties with Force - Sep 1, 2016 - The Daily Jeff
    Policing the Oil Patch - Jun 13, 2016 - The Daily Jeff
    Court Rulings Could Impact Dormant Mineral Act - May 11, 2016 - Ohio Gas & Oil Magazine
    Negotiating Extending Undrilled Shale Leases - Apr 4, 2016 - The Daily Jeff
    Held by Production Leases: - Spring 2016 - Energy & Mineral Law Foundation
    Ohio Supreme Court Rules Against Landowners in Beck Energy Lease Validity Cases - Mar 17, 2016 - The Daily Jeff
    Current Climate of Ohio's Gas and Oil Industry - Feb 5, 2016 - Ohio Gas & Oil Magazine
    Ohio Supreme Court Hears Cases Involving Perpetual Leases, Tolling of Undrilled Leases in Monroe Co. - Jan 4, 2016 - Ohio Gas & Oil Magazine
    Shale Gas Exports Will Aid US and Its Allies - Dec 21, 2012 - Financial Times
    Shale gas exports will aid US and its allies - Dec 21, 2012 - Financial Times
    Oil and Gas in Ohio: The Latest Debate Involving Technology, Energy and the Environment - Aug 24, 2012
    Oil and Gas in Ohio: The Latest Debate Involving Technology, Energy and the Environment - Aug 24, 2012
    The New Frontier - Shale Gas Development in Ohio - Jun 1, 2012
    The New Frontier - Shale Gas Development in Ohio - Jun 1, 2012
    Ohio Court Limits Horizontal Offsite Drilling - Apr 11, 2012
    Ohio Court Limits Horizontal Offsite Drilling - Apr 11, 2012
    Ohio Oil and Gas Driller Successfully Fights Off Nuisance Suit From Neighboring Homeowner - Apr 5, 2012
    Ohio Oil and Gas Driller Successfully Fights Off Nuisance Suit From Neighboring Homeowner - Apr 5, 2012
    Report Finds No Direct Connection Between Groundwater Contamination and Hydraulic Fracturing - Apr 2, 2012
    Report Finds No Direct Connection Between Groundwater Contamination and Hydraulic Fracturing - Apr 2, 2012
    Ohio Court Limits Horizontal Offsite Drilling - Apr 2, 2012
    Case Law Update: Oil & Gas Drilling - Ohio Oil and Gas Driller Successfully Fights Off Nuisance Suit From Neighboring Homeowner - Apr 2, 2012
    Hydraulic Fracturing Update - Report Finds No Direct Connection Between Groundwater Contamination and Hydraulic Fracturing - Apr 2, 2012
    Oil & Gas Permitting Update: Recent General Permit Developments Affecting Oil and Gas Development - Apr 2, 2012
    Fracking - The Hot New Area of Litigation and Regulation - Apr 1, 2012
    Fracking Concerns Formed Out of Fear, Despite Facts - Mar 20, 2012 - Crain's Cleveland Business
  3. Firm News
    Bret McNab Joins Roetzel's Energy, Utilities, Oil & Gas Law Practice - Sep 8, 2016
    Roetzel's Akron Office Adds 11 Attorneys - Jan 13, 2016
    Ohio Governor Names Mason to Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission - Aug 31, 2015
    Don Mason Named to Zanesville-Muskingum County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors - Mar 28, 2014
    Roetzel's Don Mason Named to "Who's Who In Energy" - Dec 9, 2013
    Roetzel Receives Top Rankings in Chambers USA 2013 - Jun 3, 2013