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Climate Change and Pennsylvania’s Environmental Rights Amendment

Posted in Energy, Environment
In 2015, several minors living in Pennsylvania filed a climate change lawsuit in the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania against the Governor and various state agencies, demanding that the Executive Branch develop a comprehensive plan to protect them from alleged deleterious effects of global climate change.  The youths premised their argument upon Article I, Section 27… Continue Reading

Miller v. Cloud

Posted in Energy
In a recent decision, Miller v. Cloud (July 22, 2016), Ohio’s Seventh District Court of Appeals concluded that an estate intended to transfer its interest in the minerals to a property through an auction sale, notwithstanding language in an executor’s deed that contained the words “SURFACE ONLY.” The court further found that the deed could be reformed… Continue Reading

H.B. 390 Clarifies Ohio Unitization Program

Posted in Energy
On June 28, 2016, Ohio Governor Kasich signed into law House Bill 390, which, among other matters, clarifies the status of pending applications for unit operations concerning mineral rights owned by the Ohio Department of Transportation.  In particular, it requires the chief of the Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management to issue unit orders… Continue Reading