Marcellus Shale and the Attorney

by William Jorden on August 24, 2011

A Look at The Pennsylvania Oil & Gas Industry

The Marcellus Shale gas formation is thought to be one of the largest reserves of natural gas in the United States, if not in the world.  It spans from northwest Virginia across much of Pennsylvania and into New York State.  From southwest Pennsylvania to Northeast Pennsylvania, its depth is as much as 9,000 feet below the surface and near Lake Erie can be found as shallow as 20 feet below the surface.  The formation itself ranges from up to 250 feet, top to bottom, in locations in northeast Pennsylvania and as little as 10 feet, top to bottom, near the western Pennsylvania/Ohio boarder.

There are other gas producing formations in Pennsylvania besides the Marcellus Shale, which are either in production or being explored for production.  Gas and some amount of oil has been produced in western Pennsylvania from the Oriskany Sandstone Formation in significant quantities for over seventy years.  Towards the center of Pennsylvania test wells have been drilled into the Rhinestreet Formation, which is part of the upper Devonian Shale that sits in that location at about 1,000 feet above the Marcellus Strata.

There is also quite a bit of excitement in Western Pennsylvania, including Northwest Pennsylvania, concerning the gas potential offered by the Utica Formation, which is a shale oil formation lying deeper than the Marcellus Shale.

Pennsylvania has been a center for oil and gas production longer than Texas, the Middle East, or anywhere else in the world.  Oil and gas drilling and production activities started in Pennsylvania when Colonel Drake drilled the world’s first commercial oil well in Titusville, Pennsylvania.  With the advent of directional drilling, gas production from the Marcellus Shale and the potential for gas production from other formations, Pennsylvania is guaranteed to be a mega-center for oil and gas production long into the future.

As with the pursuit of black gold in Pennsylvania in the late 19th Century and as it was with the California Gold Rush, and as it is today with the Marcellus Shale gas boom, the sudden rush of people and explosion of activities brings about dramatic events with both fortunes to be made and lives to be destroyed.  Injuries and accidents occur, landowner and contractor disputes arise, the environment is assaulted, large sums of money are to be made and lost, and the innocent and trusting become victims of the devious and predatory.

Those who have become victims in the rush to capture Pennsylvania’s natural gas and the money it represents will find themselves trying to find an attorney to protect their interests and bring them justice.  If you are one of these individuals, then the information that follows will be of help to you.

Bill Jorden Litigation TeamChoosing an Attorney to Represent You
When choosing an attorney, you should be asking yourself the following questions: Just what is the background of the attorney whose advertising or contact information I am responding to; what experience does he have in terms of how people work and think in the Pennsylvania oil and gas regions; What does the attorney bring to the table in terms of knowledge, experience, resources, skill, and determination.  Choosing the right attorney to represent you is not easy.  The attorney you choose can make a tremendous difference in the outcome of your case and even your life.  It is a decision that usually must be approached as though it was one of the most important decisions to be made in your life, which it could well be.

Attorney WhiteWe at Jorden & White Law Firm, of course, would like you to consider and contact one of our attorneys to recover money damages for you and/or be your champion.  Attorney Bill Jorden, Attorney Harry F. White, II, and Attorney Matt Jorden are experienced trial lawyers with a strong background in all aspects of oil and gas drilling and production, and both personal injury and commercial litigation.  We would welcome the opportunity to consult with you and consider how we can help or serve you.

In the coming weeks, it is my intention to publish a series of blogs having to do with law and justice and your rights under Pennsylvania law in Pennsylvania’s oil and gas regions and the role of the attorney in your fight for justice.  Regardless of the attorney you choose to contact or the attorney you ultimately engage to represent you, it is my hope that the blogs posted to this website will be helpful for you in choosing the right attorney.

We hope the information contained in this, and blogs to follow, will give you an understanding of issues and factors that have to do with, or are a result of, activities surrounding gas production from the Marcellus Shale and other formations in Pennsylvania.  Should you need an attorney or have additional questions concerning on a topic not yet published, you can call Bill Jorden for an initial no fee phone consultation.

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