Burns White Attorneys EnergyComprehensive legal solutions to help meet business objectives

As investments in U.S. energy supplies continue to grow, new public policies, regulations, and administrative guidelines are shaping the energy landscape across the nation.

The Burns White Energy Group can help new and established businesses map a course for regulatory compliance, implement strategies to minimize the potential for litigation, and protect against current and potential liabilities through the efficient resolution of civil disputes. With extensive experience counseling domestic energy, mineral, exploration and extraction companies, as well as petrochemical facilities, the attorneys of the Energy Group draw from their diverse backgrounds and industry knowledge to offer a full spectrum of services spanning real estate services, property transactions, regulatory compliance, and litigation.

With several offices located in the heart of the Marcellus Shale region, we have first-hand knowledge of the opportunities, risks, and issues surrounding the exploration of this land formation. Whether it is drafting title opinions, handling environmental exposure litigation, or advising on Federal Energy Regulatory Commission regulations, our attorneys will go to great depths to protect your legal rights and business interests, while navigating a path toward regulatory understanding.

Land-related services

  • Due diligence review
  • Mineral ownership reports
  • Surface title opinions
  • Right of way title opinions
  • Lease opinions
  • Drilling opinions
  • Division order title opinions
  • Coal opinions
  • GIS mapping
  • Certified title opinions
  • Standup title opinions
  • Curative work for title defects
  • Heirship searches

Business counseling and transactional services

  • Advisement on risk avoidance and crisis management
  • Advisement and consulting on employment matters, including employee severance and termination agreements, employee handbooks, and safety rules
  • Preparing, reviewing, and negotiating contracts for oil and gas producers, including lease agreements, joint operating agreements, farm-out and farm-in agreements, exploration agreements, overriding royalty interests, conveyances, net profits interest, drilling contracts, seismic agreements, master service agreements, joint ventures, pooling and unitization agreements, and gas balancing agreements

Regulatory services

  • Processing of government permits and licenses
  • Handling of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) citation contests and inspections
  • Counseling regarding federal, state, and local statute and ordinance compliance and violations
  • Representation before Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and Pennsylvania Utility Commission

Litigation services

Handling a wide range of litigation related to energy and mineral resources, including:

  • Wrongful death, catastrophic loss, and personal injury
  • Environmental exposures and contamination
  • Well and pipeline construction issues
  • Commercial
  • Property rights
  • Lease disputes
  • Insurance litigation
  • Real estate, land use, and condemnation
  • Loss of production

For more information about our Energy Group, please visit burnswhiteenergy.com or contact:

Matthew G. BrouseMatthew G. Brouse, Esquire