Pa. High Court's Gas Rights Ruling Will Protect Land Deals

Law360, New York (April 25, 2013, 9:46 PM EDT) -- Pennsylvania's highest court on Wednesday preserved a 130-year-old state rule that gas rights cannot be reserved with mineral rights unless specifically noted in a deed, a ruling attorneys say will help shield thousands of existing Marcellus Shale lease deals between landowners and developers from fights over lucrative natural gas rights.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ended a dispute between northeast Pennsylvania landowner John Butler and the estate of Charles Powers by unanimously ruling that the state's Superior Court wrongly overturned a trial court's refusal to declare the rights to natural gas to be separate and apart from mineral rights under the state's so-called...

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