When is lateral drilling appropriate?
Lateral drilling is a technology that allows a drilling operation to reach oil and natural gas resources that are not located directly beneath the well itself. While well sites have traditionally been positioned above rich deposits of energy resources, this lateral drilling capability affords drill operators the advantage of reaching oil or gas reservoirs located beneath structures, roads and railroads, bodies of water and many others. A seasoned attorney can help make appropriate determinations as to the legality of certain types of drilling in your oil and gas lease.
The Drawbacks of Lateral Oil and Gas Drilling
While lateral drilling has made it possible to reach and open up previously unattainable resources, there is legitimate and strong concern among oil and gas rights holders about this technology being utilized to access deposits that lie on areas not within the jurisdiction of the welling site. This theft of resources can take place right under the nose of a landowner who is not aware that a drilling operation is set up nearby, and syphoning oil or natural gas from their own assets. Whether by a breach of contract or a bona-fide theft, unethical or inappropriate lateral drilling can lead to intense litigation and serious penalties when violations occur.
The Amaro Law Firm has worked proudly for 22 years to provide Texas landowners and commercial businesses with the type of high-quality legal counsel, support services and representation necessary for a confident presence in the oil and gas industry. Our team of dedicated attorneys is well-versed in the areas of oil and gas law, and can provide valuable insight into the rules and regulations pertaining to lateral drilling, either as a means of the unlawful access of resources not covered in an oil and lease agreement or as a means to access hard-to-reach deposits.