Ohio Dormant Minerals Act – Rights Do Not Automatically Transer

MDN has highlighted the importance of the Ohio Supreme Court’s decision with regard to the Ohio Dormant Mineral Act (DMA). In September the OH Supreme Court ruled in three DMA cases, saying all of the other cases come under those three (see Important: OH Supreme Court Finally Rules on Dormant Mineral Act). Following that ruling, we brought you insights on what it means from international law firm Jones Day (see One More Look at Important OH Supreme Court DMA Decision). We later ran a copy of an analysis done by attorney David Wigham, who commented that title and ownership to mineral interests in Ohio has “significantly changed” (see Expert Says OH DMA Decision “Significantly Changed” Mineral Rights). Below we have yet another analysis. This one does a great job of summarizing the three cases and what they mean. The bottom line takeaway: the Ohio Dormant Mineral Act does not automatically transfer oil and gas mineral rights to surface owners…

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