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Ohio Court Construes the Term “Holder” under the 2006 DMA to include the Heirs and Devisees of the Record Owner

Posted in Energy
Ohio’s Seventh District Court of Appeals recently interpreted the term “holder” under the 2006 version of the Ohio Dormant Mineral Act (R.C. § 5301.56) (“2006 DMA”) and held that the term should be construed broadly to include the heirs and devisees of the record owner of the severed mineral interest that succeed to the severed… Continue Reading

Supreme Court of Ohio Declines to Answer Certified Questions on Whether Ohio Follows the ‘At The Well’ Rule for Post-Production Costs

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On November 2nd, the Supreme Court of Ohio issued its decision in Lutz v. Chesapeake Appalachia, L.L.C.   In its opinion, the Court declined to answer a certified question from the Northern District of Ohio regarding whether Ohio follows the “at the well” rule or the “marketable product” theory with respect to post-production costs, leaving it up to… Continue Reading

Ohio’s Utica Oil Production Dips, Gas Production Grows

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According to quarterly production data released by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, oil production in the state from Utica shale wells dipped since the fourth quarter of 2015, reports the Akron Beacon Journal: The oil data is new evidence of the continuing industry downturn from low commodity prices hitting Ohio. That downturn has forced… Continue Reading

Kinder Morgan to Build Two Pipelines in Northern Ohio

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From the Akron Beacon Journal: Texas-based Kinder Morgan Energy Partners LP says it intends to add a second 12-inch pipeline to its previously announced plan to ship petroleum-based liquids through northern Ohio. The additional line would transport natural gasoline. The lines, dubbed Utica to Ontario Pipeline Access (UTOPIA) West and UTOPIA East, would run side… Continue Reading

EIA’s January Drilling Productivity Report

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Despite falling prices, EIA’s January 2015 drilling productivity report expects increased production in the Utica Shale. The report forecasts that oil production in the Utica Shale will increase by 4 Mbbl per day through February while gas production will increase by 74 MMcf per day. Click here to read the report.… Continue Reading

Dropoff in Production Typical for Shale Wells

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The Akron Beacon Journal reports that Ohio’s Utica Shall Wells experience a dropoff in production after their first few months of operation: An analysis of Utica wells tapped in each of the first four quarters — from July 2013 through June 2014 — shows natural gas production had dropped 65 percent, said Dr. Jeffrey C.… Continue Reading

Big Growth for Ohio Oil and Gas in 2014

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From Ideastream: This was a year of big growth, in Ohio shale production and drilling. Jim Samuel, a Columbus consultant, said at the start of 2014, there were around 650 shale wells concentrated in the eastern part of the state, whereas now, “We’re starting the year at about 1,300 wells. So in one year, we’ve… Continue Reading