Virginia was in the forefront with developing this once discarded by-product of coal mining. In 1990, the Virginia General Assembly passed the Gas and Oil Act, clearing the way for the development of coalbed methane. Now, there are thousands of coalbed methane wells in Virginia, with aggressive development increasing each year.
As the coalbed methane industry has matured, Gentry Locke has been there to assist clients in sorting out the legal issues and, where necessary, litigating unsettled areas of the law such as:
Ownership of coalbed methane:
Rights of Competing Gas Operators:
Duties of Operators to protect coalbed methane:
"Consent to Stimulate" Coalbed Methane:
As a result of our active involvement in these and many other disputed issues, Gentry Locke is known as the legal leader in all aspects of the coalbed methane industry.