Energy Development


As the push for clean energy and domestic production of oil and gas has gained momentum in the United States, so has Budd-Falen Law Offices’ involvement in all aspects of energy and natural resources development, from the private landowners’ perspective. We also work closely with local governments to promulgate needed regulations of the transmission of energy through pipelines and transmission lines.

We have negotiated over 100 wind leases and over 30 oil and gas leases, securing favorable terms and conditions for the landowners as well as ensuring the protection of the landowner and the property both now and in the future. It is our belief that a landowner should not have to sacrifice his or her piece of mind to benefit from clean energy and natural resources development. Budd-Falen Law Offices also remains on the cutting edge of other clean energy development, such leasing pore space for carbon capture and storage. Finally, we help landowners bond together to form landowner groups in order to gain the most leverage in negotiating with energy and natural resources developers.

  1. Wind Lease Negotiation
    1. Can the Land Owner Ride the Wind – 2008
    2. Wind Energy Development and Eminent Domain in Wyoming – June, 2011
  2. Oil and Gas Lease Negotiation
    1. Joy and Heartache of Surface and Mineral Owners – 2011
    2. Dormant Mineral Statutes: Reuniting the Mineral Interest with the Property in the New Era of Advancing Technology
  3. Pipelines and Transmission Lines
    1. Common Carriers and Condemnation – November 2009
  4. Surface Damages Agreements
    1. Dormant Mineral Statutes: Reuniting the Mineral Interest with the Property in the New Era of Advancing Technology
  5. Carbon Capture and Storage

Speaking Engagements

  • The Kansas Natural Resource Coalition

    This conference examines statutory requirements as the basis for effective engagement of federal agencies in land use planning and general negotiations. Participants will learn sound principals for local government acting as gatekeeper for local economies, agriculture, business, industry and properties.

    March 28, 2017 | United Wireless Arena in Dodge City, Kansas

    Speaker: Karen Budd-Falen

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  • AZ Strip Range Livestock Workshop

    Karen Budd-Falen will provide a presentation on County Resource Management Plans and how they are intended to work with the federal agencies during this conference, which will be held April 4, 2017 through April 5, 2017.

    April 4, 2017 | Hurricane, Utah and Orderville, Utah

    Speaker: Karen Budd-Falen

  • 2017 Women in Agriculture Conference

    Karen Budd-Falen is speaking at the Women in Agriculture Conference in Las Cruces, New Mexico in May 2017. She will be discussing topics related to legislation and litigation. Her daughter, Sarah Falen, will also be a special speaker on the topic of self-defense and the importance of personal safety.

    May 30, 2017 | Las Cruces, NV

    Speaker: Karen Budd-Falen

  • 2017 Energy & Natural Resources Section Summit

    2017 ENR Section Summit on June 8 and 9, 2017 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Casper, WY is co-hosted by the University of Wyoming School of Energy Resources (SER) and Center for Law and Energy Resources in the Rockies (CLERR). This event will include an afternoon of live CLE programming, including ethics, and dinner reception on June 8. There is a live streaming option for those who cannot attend in person. June 9 is a fully-guided fly fishing trip on the North Platte River for those who sign up (no fishing experience required).

    June 8, 2017 | Hilton Garden Inn, Casper Wyoming

    Speaker: Karen Budd-Falen


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