Ohio Supreme Court ruling in Corban v. Chesapeake Exploration: Here’s what you need to know

The Ohio Supreme Court held yesterday that abandoned mineral interests were not automatically extinguished under the 1989 version of the Ohio Dormant Mineral Act (ODMA). The Court ruled in Corban v. Chesapeake Exploration, L.L.C., that any surface owner seeking to claim ownership of a dormant mineral interest after June 30, 2006, must comply with the provisions of the 2006 version of ODMA, which includes notice and recording requirements. This ruling affects operators, mineral buyers and surface owners, as well as holders of dormant mineral interests.

Following are downloads providing critical information on this extremely important ruling for the energy industry:

Corban v. Chesapeake Exploration, L.L.C. article

Corban v. Chesapeake Exploration, L.L.C. presentation

Contact Energy Group Chair and Member Matthew Brouse or Member Jenna DiFrancesco for additional information.