Pa. High Court's Gas Rights Ruling Could Alter Land Deals

Law360, Philadelphia (October 18, 2012, 7:17 PM EDT) -- Rules governing the rights to natural gas in Pennsylvania's Marcellus Shale region could change dramatically under a pending state Supreme Court decision in a fight over whether land transfer deeds reserving mineral rights should also include rights to natural gas.

The justices heard arguments Tuesday in a dispute between John Butler, a northeast Pennsylvania landowner, and the estate of Charles Powers over whether a lower court erred by refusing to declare the rights to natural gas to be separate and apart from mineral rights under the...
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