Mineral Law

This course explores the laws affecting coal, oil and gas operations, including an examination of the nature and scope of property ownership in general and mineral ownership in particular; the legal rights of surface owners, mineral owners and operators and the protection of those rights; issues of joint ownership; interpretive problems in conveyancing; calculation of interests; an analysis of the types of documents used in the industry and their clauses; and the role of government regulations.  The course will emphasize West Virginia law.