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Owners of gas rights gain leverage through groups

When friends Ethan Ward and Kathleen Wright Croft successfully negotiated a group gas-drilling lease with fellow property owners in Washington County, they heard one question from neighbors: “How can I start a group?” “Large groups have a lot of power,” said Ward, a Donegal farmer and district judge who helped negotiate seven leases between land groups and gas companies ranging ...

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Energy spotlight: Nicolle Snyder Bagnell

Nicolle Snyder Bagnell was on the oil and gas beat before drillers flocked to the shale in Western Pennsylvania. The Reed Smith attorney started working on oil and gas issues as an intern in 2000 and she now oversees the firm’s strategy across several states as vice chair of its 25-person global energy and natural resources industry group in Pittsburgh. ...

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