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Oil and Gas


Complex technical knowledge. Polished trial skills. Broad legal experience. That's what clients look for in an effective oil and gas legal practice, and Varnum's industry specialists offer all three.

We have a wealth of knowledge and legal experience in oil and gas exploration, production, marketing, transportation and sale. We understand the certification process for constructing and operating natural gas pipelines, gathering lines and laterals. And we keep up to date on the activities of interstate and intrastate pipelines, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and state commissions.

Our clients are national oil and gas companies and independent producers. We counsel them in everything from the initial permitting of wells to the final sale. We also represent them in federal and state courts, and various Michigan administrative agencies, on issues such as:

  • Leasehold and joint operating agreements
  • Gas purchase and transportation contracts
  • Formation of spacing units
  • Approval of off-pattern locations
  • Establishment of allowables
  • Compulsory pooling
  • Certification of pipelines

For more information, please contact either your Varnum attorney or Jack Sage at 616/36-6557 or

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