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Supreme Court of Ohio Rejects Constitutional Challenge to Unitization Order

Posted in Energy
On January 30, 2018, the Supreme Court of Ohio rejected a constitutional challenge to a statutory unitization order issued by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management. In State ex rel. Kerns v. Simmers, the Division issued an order under Ohio’s unitization statute, R.C. 1509.28, that consolidated the relators-landowners’… Continue Reading

Division Is Issuing State Lands Unitization Orders

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Recently, Ohio’s Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management (Division) has issued several unitization orders that include unleased lands owned by the State of Ohio, including lands owned by the Department of Transportation (see here), the Ohio Rail Development Commission (see here), and the Department of Information Technology (see here).  The orders are on terms… Continue Reading

OH: Significant Changes to Unitization Guidelines

Posted in Energy
The Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management has recently updated its website to provide more information on the unitization process in Ohio and amended its unitization guidelines (revision date May 8, 2014).  Among the more significant changes:  "All applications are due to the Division one hundred twenty (120) days prior to a posted hearing date."  (Emphasis… Continue Reading

OH: Unitization Proceedings

Posted in Energy
The Ohio Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management ("Division") recently published guidelines for filing unitization applications under Revised Code 1509.28.  Note:  "If the information in the application is deemed complete, the Division will schedule a hearing to consider the need for the operation as a unit of an entire pool or part of a… Continue Reading

OH: Unitization

Posted in Energy
The Columbus Dispatch is reporting on a recent decision by the Ohio Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management to unitize property in Portage and Stark Counties, Ohio, under Revised Code 1509.28.  Unitization is a means of combining acreage to efficiently develop the underlying resources while at the same time meeting Ohio’s minimum spacing and… Continue Reading

Unitization Can Cost the Lease

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At least that’s what the court of appeals in Trans-Western Petroleum, Inc. v. United States Gypsum Co. (Case Nos. 08-4120 & 08-4121) recently found.  In that case, Wolverine Gas & Oil Corp. had acquired a lease on certain properties in Utah containing a unitization provision that read: In connection with operations for the production of oil and gas or… Continue Reading