PA Supreme Court Decision on Deeds Affects Some O&G, Landowners

court-gavel.jpgEver hear of a legal doctrine called “estoppel by deed”? No, we hadn’t either. But if you’re an attorney who specializes in oil and gas mineral rights in Pennsylvania, you may have. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently decided a case that upholds state laws of estoppel by deed. The case, called Shedden v. Anadarko, revolved around landowners in Tioga County, PA who thought they owned all of the mineral rights to 62 acres, only to find out half the rights belonged to someone else going all the way back to the 1800s. From there it gets complicated. What we can tell you is that some attorneys were concerned that the newly reconstituted PA Supreme Court would overturn the estoppel by deed law in the state–but that didn’t happen. Estoppel by deed is safe and sound in PA. Here’s the details…

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