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…

Ohio Supreme Court issues ODMA ruling in Chesapeake v. Buell

On November 5, 2015, the Ohio Supreme Court took its first step towards resolving the significant uncertainty surrounding the Ohio Dormant Mineral Act (ODMA). The court issued its opinion in the case of Chesapeake Exploration, LLC v. Buell, 2015-Ohio-4551. The slip opinion can be found here. While numerous ODMA cases remain pending before the Court, this opinion begins to shed light on how the court will analyze and interpret issues…