Lindhome & Songster, P.C.


September 2013
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Meet Lisa
Did You Know
Regulation Approved
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Lisa C. McManus, Esq. Joins the Team

Lindhome & Songster, P.C.  is pleased to announce that Lisa C. McManus, Esq. has joined the firm as Of Counsel.  Ms. McManus brings to Lindhome & Songster more than two decades of experience and a thorough knowledge of Pennsylvania oil and gas law.  Ms. McManus received her law degree, cum laude, from the Dickinson School of Law and is a member of the American Bar Association, Pennsylvania Bar Association, Elk County Bar Association, American Inns of Courts and American Association of Professional Landmen.  She is also a frequent instructor for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute on Pennsylvania Oil and Gas law.

Where to Find Jessica and Lisa this Month


September 13:  MLBC Clay Shoot and BBQ at Nemacolin

September 17 & 18:  Oil and Gas Law Colloquium in Pittsburgh

September 17 & 18:  Faculty at Oil and Gas Law Colloquium in Pittsburgh 

Did You Know... 


The office of Lindhome & Songster is less than 100 miles from McClintock Well No. 1, the world's oldest continually producing oil well, which celebrated its 152nd birthday on August 16. 

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Drilling Down into Title Opinions 
by Rick Lindhome

Have you noticed the ever-expanding length of title opinions? Many of the opinions that cross my desk today are replete with esoteric property issues that are collateral to the two essential questions a title opinion seeks to answer:

  1. Can we put a hole in the ground?
  2. If not, what are the essential steps we need to take to fix that?

It is easy for title attorneys to get lost in the minutiae and lose sight of these primary objectives. I don't make light of the complexity of title work: Pennsylvania, for instance, has the longest-standing oil and gas law in the country, and much of that law is not intuitive. But the fundamental job of the attorney is to advise our clients, not to dwell on creating an opinion so convoluted that it eviscerates the usefulness of the certification it provides.


Truly useful legal advice takes experience and industry knowledge by the attorney. At Lindhome & Songster, our attorneys understand the business pressures of today's oil and gas industry and provide concise, responsive,cost-effective counsel to our clients.


Proposed Regulation for Oil and Gas Activities Approved by EQB 
The Environmental Quality Board (EQB) of the Department of Environmental Protection have recently approved a proposed regulation that will strengthen the environmental protection performance standards for oil and gas activities in Pennsylvania. (more...)


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