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Ohio Court Rules Landmen Need to be Licensed Real Estate Brokers to Receive Compensation

Posted in Energy
Ohio’s Seventh District Court of Appeals recently held that landmen are subject to the requirements of R.C. Chapter 4735 requiring real estate broker’s licenses in order to be entitled to compensation for brokering deals with landowners on behalf of oil and gas companies. In Dundics v. Eric Petroleum Corp., plaintiff landmen alleged that they were… Continue Reading

Bohlen v. Anadarko

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Earlier this week, the Supreme Court of Ohio heard oral arguments in Bohlen v. Anadarko.  The Bohlens entered into a lease with Alliance in 2006 for a one year primary term.  Paragraph 3 of the lease contained a delay rental provision: This lease, however, shall become null and void and all rights of either party… Continue Reading

New Pipelines to Increase Ohio Natural Gas Takeaway Capacity

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Ohio producers will soon be able to transport more natural gas out of the state.  In a recent article, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) summarized several pipeline projects that are in various stages of development.  According to the EIA, these projects could add an additional 6.8 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) of takeaway… Continue Reading

Sixth Circuit Dismisses Oil and Gas Leasing Complaint against MWCD

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In a recent decision, Harper v. Muskingum Watershed Conservancy Dist., the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed a qui tam action brought under the False Claims Act (FCA), 31 U.S.C. 3729, against the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD).  MWCD received property through a deed from the United States government.  The deed contained restrictions providing that the… Continue Reading

EIA’s September Drilling Productivity Report

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EIA’s September Drilling Productivity Report shows a modest decline in Utica shale production through October 2015. The Report forecasts that oil production will decrease by 1 Mbbl per day while gas production will decrease by 4 MMcf per day.   Production from new wells in the Utica shale (i.e. wells that have entered production in the previous… Continue Reading

Ohio: 2Q 2015 Horizontal Shale Production

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The Akron Beacon Journal has summarized some of the data from a report by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Oil and Gas, on the state’s horizontal shale production for the second quarter of 2015. Some of the interesting tidbits: Guernsey County was the top oil producing county, followed by Carroll, Harrison, Noble… Continue Reading

Ohio Secretary of State Refuses to Place Proposed County Charter Petitions Banning Oil and Gas Activities on the November Ballot

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On Thursday, August 13, Secretary of State John Husted issued a decision finding that the proposed charter petitions for Athens, Fulton and Medina counties are invalid.  The secretary’s decision tracked analysis provided by Vorys’ attorneys Jonathan Airey, Gregory Russell, Lisa Babish Forbes and Aaron Williams in an amicus brief submitted on behalf of the Ohio… Continue Reading

EIA: Marcellus and Utica Account for 85% of Increase in Natural Gas Production Since 2012

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The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) reports that since 2012, the Marcellus and Utica shale plays have accounted for 85% of the increase in U.S. natural gas production. The EIA attributes this growth to a number of factors, including greater use of advanced drilling techniques, increased number of stages used in hydraulic fracturing operations, increased… Continue Reading

Supreme Court of Ohio to Hear Oral Arguments in Dormant Mineral Act Case Tomorrow Morning

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Tomorrow morning at 9:00 a.m., the Supreme Court of Ohio will hear oral arguments in another case involving interpretation of Ohio’s Dormant Mineral Right Act (the “DMA”).  In Walker v. Shondrick-Nau, 2014-0803, the Court will consider the following issues concerning the DMA: whether the 2006 version of the DMA is the only version of the DMA to be… Continue Reading

Supreme Court Rules on Ohio Dormant Mineral Act

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Today, the Supreme Court of Ohio issued its first decision involving the Ohio Dormant Mineral Act (“DMA”). In Dodd v. Croskey, 2015-Ohio-2362, the Court unanimously concluded that under the 2006 version of the DMA, a severed mineral interest holder can preserve his or her interest in the minerals by either: (a) filing an affidavit of record that identifies… Continue Reading

EIA’s June Drilling Productivity Report

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EIA’s June Drilling Productivity Report estimates continued growth in Utica shale production through July 2015. The Report forecast that oil production will increase by 1 Mbbl per day while gas production will increase by 42 MMcf per day. According to the report, the Utica was the only region to reflect a gain in gas production… Continue Reading

Forbes: “Amazing” Rise in U.S. Natural Gas Production

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Forbes reports on the “amazing” rise in natural gas production in the United States: “Shale gas today is nearly 50% of U.S. gas supply, when the EIA’s Annual Energy Outlook 2012 projected that this wouldn’t happen until 2035.” The article further notes that “[c]urrent marketed U.S. natural gas production is 75 Bcf/day, compared to 58 Bcf/day in… Continue Reading

EIA’s May Drilling Productivity Report

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EIA’s May Drilling Productivity Report forecasts continued growth in Utica shale production through June 2015. The report estimates that oil production will increase by 1 Mbbl per day while gas production will increase by 49 MMcf per day. According to the report, the Utica was among only a few oil and gas producing regions where… Continue Reading

EIA’s March Drilling Productivity Report

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EIA’s March Drilling Productivity Report estimates modest growth in Utica Shale production through April 2015. The report forecasts that oil production will increase by 3 Mbbl per day while gas production will increase by 50 MMcf per day. Click here to read the report.… Continue Reading

Supreme Court of Ohio Rejects Local Ordinances Regulating Oil and Gas Drilling

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In State ex rel. Morrison v. Beck Energy Corp., (February 17, 2015), the Supreme Court of Ohio struck down a city’s ordinances regulating oil and gas drilling, concluding that such ordinances were not a valid exercise of the city’s home-rule power because they conflicted with Ohio’s comprehensive oil and gas regulatory scheme codified in Revised… Continue Reading

EIA’s February Drilling Productivity Report

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In spite of continued price concerns, production in the Utica Shale saw a positive uptick. EIA’s February 2015 drilling productivity report forecasts that oil production in the Utica Shale will increase through March by 4 Mbbl per day while gas production will increase by 70 MMcf per day. Click here to read the report.… Continue Reading