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Oil & Gas

Kent, Anderson, Bush, & Metcalf, P.C.’s oil and gas clients range from major exploration and production corporations to small independent oil and gas producers and individuals. The firm possesses expertise in areas ranging from negotiations of oil and gas leases, title examination, and easement acquisition, along with litigation of agreements concerning the same.

In addition to traditional oil and gas matters, the firm also has extensive experience in legal issues involved in all aspects of oil and gas pipelines.

Eminent Domain

Kent, Anderson, Bush, & Metcalf P.C. has an extensive eminent domain practice. Billy Anderson has represented condemning authorizes in over 15 counties throughout the State of Texas. The firm possesses considerable expertise in areas ranging from the evaluation of the right to take issues, planning construction and route selection, good faith negotiation of easements and right-of-way and title examination to the acquisition of easements and rights-of-way through use of the administrative and judicial process.

Lawyers in the firm have been involved in, among others, the following condemnation matters:

  • Have represented common carriers and public utilities in condemnation proceedings in connection with the construction of cross-country pipelines throughout East Texas and from the Gulf Coast.
  • Have represented counties in condemnation proceedings in connection with the construction of roadways and pipelines.
  • Successful defense of pipeline companies on right to take and good faith negotiation issues including representing the common carrier client in one of the leading right-to-take cases. “Vardeman v. Mustang Pipeline Co.,” 51 S.W. 3d 308 (Tex.App.-Tyler 2001, pet denied).
  • Obtaining Temporary Restraining Orders for entry to property.

In addition to representing condemning authorities, Kent, Anderson, Bush, & Metcalf, P.C. has represented and assisted Condemnees/Landowners in obtaining favorable easement terms and damage payments through the negotiation and condemnation process