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Negotiating Instruments: The Guiding Force During Energy Projects

In every deal, the legal instruments are the project guides. Carefully constructed contracts that clearly dictate each party’s rights and responsibilities are the best ways to avoid disputes, limit potential areas of liability and ensure projects stay on track.

Located in Sweetwater, Texas, the lawyers of Wetsel & Lederle, LLP, review, negotiate and draft energy agreements for landowners, and wind, solar, hydroelectric, and oil and gas companies throughout the southwestern U.S.

Energy Contract Negotiation

Energy projects, whether wind, solar, or oil and gas, involve numerous parties and many moving pieces. As such, each project requires the negotiation, drafting and review of numerous contractual instruments, including:


  • Oil and Gas Leases
  • Farmout Agreements
  • Joint Operating Agreements
  • Surface Use Agreements
  • Wind Energy Leases
  • Solar Energy Leases
  • Option Agreement

Documents regarding access to the project:

  • Easements
  • Rights of Way
  • Pipeline Agreements
  • Drilling Agreements
  • Transmission Agreements

Documents regarding land use:

  • Accommodation Agreements
  • Surface Waivers
  • Obtaining permits from local, state and federal regulatory agencies
  • Obtaining necessary variances
  • Handling other zoning issues

Disposal agreements dictating who will pay the costs of clearing the project and restoring the land at the end of the lease

Contracts concerning the operator’s duty to develop Accommodation agreements regarding concurrent use issues

When negotiating and drafting these documents, Wetsel & Lederle, LLP, has three goals: first, to protect your property rights; second, to maximize the financial opportunities presented by the project; third, to limit your liability in the event of a dispute.

Protect Your Interests During Energy Projects

The attorneys of Wetsel & Lederle, LLP, develop all contracts necessary for a wind, solar, and oil and gas project development. For assistance, call 800-787-0784, or contact the firm online.