• North Carolina Mineral Rights / Access to Shale Gas
  • October 30, 2012 | Authors: Alexander Elkan; Daniel F.E. Smith
  • Law Firm: Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard, L.L.P. - Greensboro Office
  • This manuscript provides an overview of mineral rights law in the context of potential shale gas exploration and development in North Carolina. Specific topics addressed include: background on shale gas resources and development; historical development of mineral rights law; understanding mineral rights and surface rights; the statutory and regulatory framework of the Gas Act, including the provisions of the recently enacted Session Law 2012-143; lease issues and provisions; royalty rights; and additional issues.