Properties Magazine, in this month’s Environmental Issue, has published the following article by Russell O’Rourke:
A Subcontractor’s Guide: Getting Paid for Your Work on Oil & Gas Projects
Getting paid for your work on oil and gas project is, at the most basic level, no different than getting paid on any other “construction” project, however determining which laws apply can be more complex.
As an example, there is a variance between how the Ohio Mechanic’s Lien Law defines “improvements”1 and the scope covered by the anti-indemnification provisions of ORC §2305.31 (ORC §1311.021)2 for construction projects. To make it even more complex, the Ohio Mechanic’s Lien statutes for private construction projects do include wells drilled or constructed for the production of oil or gas, generally, but then provide more specific language where the actual work being performed is for the, “digging, drilling, boring, operating, completing, or repairing, any well drilled or constructed for the production of oil or gas or any injection well which furthers the production of oil and gas or which disposes of waste products generated by oil and gas operations or for altering, repairing, or constructing any oil derrick, oil tank, or leasehold production pipe line….” (ORC §1311.021).