Oil and gas title opinions are critical component in the development of oil and gas resources. As oil and gas title opinion lawyers, we have years of experience in providing drilling title opinions, supplemental title opinions and division order opinions to companies. Our title opinions cover matters concerning:

  • Legal ownership of real estate,
  • Royalties,
  • Mineral rights,
  • Easements,
  • Potential encumbrances on title,
  • Leasehold interests,
  • Surface rights, and
  • Other issues that may affect or impact project real estate and the ability of a company to conduct oil, gas, or other related operations.

Title matters can be incredibly complex.

Often, title matters concern both legal issues and factual matters that may impact legal issues. We understand and appreciate the importance that a complete and accurate title opinion will have on the ability for project to proceed. Our oil and gas title opinion practice is focused on providing clients with a clear picture of all title matters affecting the project so that appropriate action can be undertaken. All title opinions prepared by attorneys are reviewed by a senior attorney, which service is provided at no additional charge to our clients. Importantly, we understand the need for title opinions to prepared quickly and efficiently to maintain rig schedules.

Surface Use

Oliva Gibbs LLP’s attorneys provide experienced counsel and representation to clients concerning regulatory matters involving agencies including the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the Texas Railroad Commission, the Texas General Land Office (GLO), and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and state environmental and other agencies having authority over exploration, production, or land matters. We advise clients concerning the applicable agency or agencies that have oversight, the timing associated with submitting filings, public notice and comment periods, and the time frame required for agency action.

We also advise clients on the applicable state and federal laws, rules and regulations that have an impact on oil and gas operations. We work closely with clients in the preparation of necessary permit applications and requests for securing the required authorizations for exploration, production, interest pooling, and other matters.

We represent clients before agencies charged with implementing such laws, rules and regulations, and represent clients in responding to agency inquiries. In the event of an unfavorable agency determination, we are available to represent clients in the course of administrative appeals and litigation as necessary.