Office of Larry W. George
practice areas

Natural Resources and Energy Development

  • Transactions, litigation and regulatory issues related to the development of coal, oil & gas, coal-bed methane, non-energy minerals, hydro-power and other natural resources.
  • Mineral development on public lands.
  • Mineral leases, sales, acquisitions, ad valorem mineral taxation, facility siting, marketing, oil & gas pooling agreements and unitization and mineral royalty disputes.
  • Liquidations and divestitures of natural resource properties and facilities.
  • Permitting and regulatory compliance related to coal mining, reclamation and postmining
    land uses and reclamation bonds.

Corporate Law and Business Transactions
  • Formation, acquisition, governance, mergers, succession planning, reorganization and liquidation of business organizations.
  • Business transactions and contracts.
  • Real estate acquisitions, sales, leasing, financing, land use issues, and title issues for commercial and mineral properties.
  • Public and private mineral and water rights under colonial charters and land grants.

Bankruptcy and Creditors' Rights
  • Asset purchases in bankruptcy cases for coal, oil & gas and natural resources.
  • Creditors's rights in Chapter 7 and Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases.
  • Mineral lease and environmental claims in bankruptcy cases.
  • Corporate insolvency and dissolution.

Water Law and Riparian Rights
  • Ownership of beds and banks of watercourses and underlying minerals.
  • Inter-basin water transfers and water storage rights.
  • Riparian landowner rights to consumptive and non-consumptive uses of water.
  • Flood related liabilities and water quality and wetlands regulation.

Legislative and Government Affairs
  • Legislative and regulatory counsel before the U.S Congress, West Virginia Legislature and state and federal regulatory agencies. Typical issues include regulation of coal and oil & gas production, water rights, mineral production on public lands and taxation of natural resources.