December 9, 2011 / Media Mention

Chris Schraff quoted in Business First story about potential legal needs surrounding shale drilling

Chris Schraff, a Partner in Porter Wright's environmental, energy and government practices, was quoted in the Columbus Business First article, "Ohio shale drilling creates opportunities for law firms' energy practices" regarding the potential legal needs surrounding the expected rise in Utica shale drilling in the state.

From Columbus Business First, Andrea Tortora reporting:
"'Others may have rights to formations of coal or limestone or other commercially valuable deposits,' Schraff said. 'If there is a drill rig there and the owner of the mineral rights comes along and wants to remove them, that poses a problem for both sides.'"

... "But Porter Wright's Schraff said he doesn't think the workload will 'be as great as all the hullabaloo suggests' because the larger firms doing this work already have relationships with major producers."

... "What’s next for the Utica shale play? As development starts and more wells are drilled, issues around permitting and land use will come to the forefront, followed by litigation over lease agreements, payments and any related environmental impacts or emergencies. And that’s where Central Ohio law firms might get another foot in the door, Schraff said."