Lawyers, better watch out

The gasmen are coming to town. Among the byproducts of the Marcellus Shale natural-gas drilling boom: a flood of legal work that is already well underway a few miles to the south. The Philadelphia Inquirer talks to PA lawyers about the impact Marcellus drilling is having on their practices.

Many lawyers in Pennsylvania think the most lucrative work is yet to come, because development is in its infancy. As wells are drilled and pipelines are built, the amount of work representing drillers before state and federal regulators will burgeon.

A great source of legal information about the gas industry is the Oil and Gas Lawyer Blog, whose author, John McFarland, is a Texas energy attorney who specializes in representing landowners. Today's post: a look at a recent report from Chesapeake.