Course Description

This course offers a detailed look at the process of terminating oil and gas leases under the Recording of Surrender Documents from Oil and Natural Gas Lease Act (Act 152 of 2014), including Lessee obligations, notice requirements, abandonment, related case law, and comparison to surrounding states.

This course includes video recorded from a Zoom-based CLE presentation for the Washington County Bar Association in May of 2020.

Your purchase includes access to the course and course materials for 90 days.


CLE Credit:

1.0 PA Substantive CLE

This course contains approximately 60 minutes of content, all of which is required for course completion.

Your certificate of completion will be issued automatically after all elements of the course have been viewed/completed.  Credits will be reported to the CLE Board within 30 days of your completion of the course and your completion date will be reported as the day on which you actually finished the course.


Minimum System Requirements:

This course includes downloads of PDF documents (Portable Document Format) and streaming video. Viewing the documents will require Adobe Acrobat Reader or other PDF viewing software.  Adobe Acrobat Reader is available for free from the Adobe website.

The video player will run on Mac OS, Windows and Linux as well as most mobile devices and tablets on any browser that supports Adobe Flash and/or HTML5.  Supported browsers include Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Internet Explorer 9,10,11, and Microsoft Edge.  Internet Explorer 8 is not supported on Windows XP for security reasons, but is supported on Windows 7 or higher operating systems.

An internet connection with a minimum speed of 768 kilobits per second is required.  At least 5MB/sec is recommended to stream video in full HD quality.  Please note that the video player may downgrade the quality of the video to accommodate lower connection speeds.

Course Presenters

  • Robert Burnett, Esq. and Brendan O'Donnell

    Houston Harbaugh

    Robert Burnett, Esq. and Brendan O'Donnell

    Robert J. Burnett, Esq.'s practice with Houston Harbaugh is exclusively devoted to the representation of landowners and royalty owners in oil and gas matters. Robert is the Chair of the Firm’s Oil and Gas Practice Group and represents landowners and royalty owners in a wide array of oil and gas matters throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Robert assists landowners and royalty owners in the negotiation of new oil and gas leases as well as modifications to existing leases. Robert also negotiates surface use agreements and pipeline right-of-way agreements on behalf of landowners. Robert also advises and counsels clients on complex lease development and expiration issues, including the impact and effect of delay rental and shut-in clauses, as well as the implied covenants to develop and market oil and gas. Robert also represents landowners and royalty owners in disputes arising out of the calculation of production royalties and the deduction of post-production costs. Robert also assists landowners with oil and gas title issues and develops strategies to resolve and cure such title deficiencies.

    A prolific author and speaker on numerous oil and gas topics, Robert is a frequent lecturer at Pennsylvania Bar Institute oil and gas programs and currently serves on the Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s "Oil and Gas Law Advisory Committee." He is also a contributing author of The Law of Oil and Gas in Pennsylvania (1st Ed. 2014), published by the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, and is a member of the Executive Committee of the Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s premier oil and gas law program, the annual "Oil and Gas Law Colloquium."

    Robert is a member of the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Oil and Gas Landowner's Alliance and is an active member of its Legislative Committee. He also served on the "Siting and Routing" Workgroup of Governor Wolf’s "Pipeline Infrastructure Task Force" in 2015. Robert is also a retired officer from the United States Army.

    Brendan O'Donnell, Esq. is an attorney in the Oil and Gas Law practice at Houston Harbaugh. Brendan represents landowners and royalty owners in a wide variety of matters, including the preparation and negotiation of leases, pipeline right of way agreements, surface use agreements, and oil, gas and mineral conveyances.

    Brendan also has experience with the evaluation of deeds for oil and gas ownership, analyzing royalty payments and preparing documents to cure title deficiencies. Along with his representation of private landowners, Brendan has counseled municipal and school officials regarding a broad spectrum of oil and gas related issues that include leasing, surface disturbance, zoning and land use.

    Complementing his oil and gas transactional work, Brendan has actively represented clients in oil and gas related litigation matters before trial and appellate courts in Pennsylvania in proceedings that involve Actions to Quiet Title, Declaratory Judgment Actions, Breach of Contract claims, and other suits involving trespass, conversion and property damage. Brendan also has experience representing and appearing before municipal bodies, such as Zoning Hearing Boards and Boards of Supervisors.

Course curriculum

  • 1
    Course Materials
    • How to Navigate This Course
    • Lease Termination Course Materials
    • Lease Termination Part One
    • Lease Termination Part Two
    • Course Evaluation (Required)