OH Landowner Wants High Court to Force Driller to Explore Shale

Back in March MDN told you about an Ohio landowner with an old oil and gas lease where a conventional (vertical only) well was drilled–and still producing–suing the energy company, telling the company to either explore the shale layer, or severe the lease rights to shale so the landowner can lease it to someone who will go after the shale (see OH Supreme Court to Hear Appeal re Driller Who Won’t Explore Utica). The case went to the Ohio Supreme Court and on Tuesday the high court heard oral arguments. Can we divine which way the court may rule, based on comments by the justices? Perhaps…

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