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Drainage Claim Attorneys in Bryan, TX

We Are Not Afraid to Fight for You

Once an oil and gas company has signed a lease with a property owner, the company is required to protect the property against drainage. Property owners have the right to ensure that the naturally occurring substances below their land are not targeted by neighboring property wells.

If you have reason to believe that a reservoir below your property is being drained, you can count on the Bryan, TX oil and gas litigation attorneys at Bruchez, Goss, Thornton, Meronoff & Briers, P.C. to help you file a drainage claim and pursue damages. Our firm also represents oil and gas companies facing accusations of drainage.

Give us a call at (979) 258-6673 or contact us online to get started on a claim. We serve clients in College Station and throughout the Brazos Valley.

Determining Ownership of Natural Gas & Oil

If you drill deep enough below Earth’s surface, you can find oil and natural gas. As naturally occurring substances, oil and gas tend to migrate and shift naturally. This means that the oil in a reservoir below your land may move around on its own.

So who has ownership over the oil and gas? Is it the person who owns the property below which sits the oil reservoir? It can be a complicated matter. In Texas, the “ownership-in-place” theory governs this topic. Under this theory, a property owner has a corporeal possessory interest in the natural gas and oil under his or her land. However, this ownership is subject to the rule of capture.

The Rule of Capture

The rule of capture is used to establish ownership of captured natural resources including oil and gas. Under this rule, the first person to obtain a resource is considered to have legal ownership of that resource.

Of course, due to Texas’s “ownership-in-place” theory, determining ownership of captured resources can become tricky. That is why it is best to rely on an experienced and knowledgeable attorney when faced with a drainage dispute or claim.

Aggressive Representation

The failure to develop, market, and protect against drainage is an offense for which you may be able to pursue damages. You can count on our Bryan, TX oil and gas litigation attorneys to represent your best interests and fight to protect your rights. We have over 100 years of combined legal experience and have what it takes to reach a favorable resolution on your behalf.

If you need legal assistance with a drainage claim, call Bruchez, Goss, Thornton, Meronoff & Briers, P.C. at (979) 258-6673 today.

Why Hire Bruchez, Goss, Thornton, Meronoff & Briers, P.C.?

  • Our Attorneys have over 100 years of combined experience.

  • We have extensive experience handling oil and gas cases.

  • Our Attorneys approach each case as if it were going to trial.

  • We have a high success rate in handling complex cases.