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Reasonable Accommodation Doctrine Disputes Decades of Experience By Your Side

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Have Your Rights Been Violated?

The Rocky Mountain region has experienced phenomenal expansion in drilling, especially in the number of natural gas wells over the past years. The sheer number of wells, in fact, has negatively affected extensive surface areas of Colorado. Especially in the Niobrara Shale area, surface land owners and oil and gas operators have come into repeated conflict over land use issues. If you believe that your rights have been violated by an abuse of the Reasonable Accommodation Doctrine or a Surface Use Agreement, we urge you to contact a knowledgeable Colorado oil and gas lawyer at our firm to schedule a consultation. We have protected the rights of many clients in disputes and may be able to help protect your rights as well.

Reasonable Accommodation Doctrine Disputes in Colorado

The conflict between surface land owners and oil and gas operators prompted the enactment of Senate Bill 237, the Colorado Reasonable Accommodation Doctrine. This doctrine directs the operator to carry out operations to accommodate the surface owner by minimizing intrusion upon and damage to the surface of the land, including the use of alternative well locations or alternative operations. This is not to be construed as preventing an operator from entering and using the surface and also does not affect provisions of surface use agreements. It does direct surface owners to pay the drilling cost of directional wells to operators among other provisions.

As part of our oil and gas practice, our firm frequently represents clients who have disputes over many issues. Although we take every step possible to protect our clients from litigation, sometimes issues come up nonetheless and in these cases we will aggressively fight to protect your rights and help you attain the outcome you desire in your case. We would like the opportunity to discuss your legal issues with you and assist you in your legal matter. We look forward to talking with you about our firm, our attorney qualifications and how we may be able to help you achieve success.

Contact a Colorado oil and gas law attorney at Cantafio & Song PLLC today for assistance in your dispute or with any other legal matter.

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  • Distinguished Reputation in the Industry
    Attorney Ralph Cantafio is well known in the oil and gas industry throughout the western United States. He has established an excellent reputation in the industry not only through his exceptional legal work but also due to his lectures at industry events
    ( generally 2-4 times per year), academic writings, and his time as a college professor. Ralph's lectures and teachings generally consists of oil and gas agreements and negotiations, global energy management, and legal environment of business.
  • Unparalleled Experience in Oil & Gas Law

    Our team has over three decades of combined experience in oil and gas law, including assisting every type of client ( lessors, lessees, operators, etc.), each at every stage of the oil and gas business ( from upstream to downstream activities). Our team also has unparalleled experience in civil litigation ( including construction), corporate and commercial law, natural resources mediation and arbitration, and commercial transactions ( including residential and commercial real estate). 

  • Licensed Throughout the United States

    Our team is ready to assist you with our oil and gas law needs throughout the United States, including in Alaska, Colorado, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming.