Located in the heart of the Barnett Shale geological formation, one of the largest onshore natural gas fields in the United States, Cantey Hanger has extensive experience in oil and gas matters. The firm has represented clients in the energy industry since the development of the West Texas Yates Field in the 1930s. Today, the firm actively counsels clients regarding the laws surrounding oil and gas production, finance, transportation and sales.

The attorneys of Cantey Hanger’s Energy Law Practice Area work with clients on key issues including domestic and international transactions; litigation and dispute resolution; and federal, state and local public and regulatory law. The firm has experience in negotiating, reviewing and documenting:

  • Exploration, Production and Operating Agreements
  • Financing of Energy Development Projects
  • Gas Balancing Agreements
  • Gas Purchasing and Processing Contracts
  • Leases and Concessions
  • Mergers, Acquisitions and Divestitures
  • Pipelines, Easements and Right-of-way Agreements
  • Secured and Unsecured Lending Arrangements
  • Seismic, Drilling & Service Contracts

Cantey Hanger attorneys have arbitrated and tried cases involving almost every type of domestic and in­ternational dispute arising from the energy industry. We have appeared before domestic tribunals and un­der the rules of such organizations as the American Arbitration Association and the International Cham­ber of Commerce. We have represented clients on dis­putes involving:

  • Insurance and Reinsurance Disputes & Coverages
  • Joint Operating Agreements
  • Securities Litigation
  • Seismic and Real Property Environmental Impairment Claims
  • Royalty Disputes
  • Mineral Title Issues
  • Oilfield Accidents (personal injury and property damage)
  • Pooling Issues
  • Surface Use Issues
  • Indemnity Claims
  • Drilling Contacts

Our attorneys also represent clients in regulatory filings, ad­ministrative processes and hear­ings in state and federal regulato­ry agencies, as well as in appeals from regulatory decisions and orders. This practice  involves various levels of regulation from oil and gas production to clean air and water, utility licensing to toxic spills and cleanup. Our practice takes us before the:

  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
  • Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
  • Texas General Land Office
  • Texas Railroad Commission