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

  • Land Use Plan Workshop

    The Northwest Landowners Association (NWLA) will host a Land Use Plan Workshop in cooperation with the Budd-Falen Law Offices LLC on December 6, 2017 at the Grand Hotel in Minot, North Dakota. The workshop, which will be led by Karen Budd-Falen, is meant for county government officials. This workshop will walk you through the process of how to development a land use plan and the reasons to develop a land use plan. You may contact Amy Shelton for more information: northwestlandownersassociation@gmail.com.

    December 6, 2017 | Grand Hotel -- Minot, North Dakota

    Speaker: Karen Budd-Falen


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