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Although the Ohio Supreme Court decided an important case regarding mineral rights, attorneys agree that rulings on pending cases will make the most impact on the future of oil and natural gas exploration in the state.

On June 18, the court issued its first decision regarding the Ohio Dormant Mineral Act (DMA).

At stake was what action had to be taken to retain mineral rights by someone who sold the land — or their heirs — or if after 20 years the mineral rights would revert to the surface property owner.

The case, Dodd v. Croskey, originated in Harrison County in 2010.

The owner of the surface of the land contended that the owner of the mineral rights below ground had abandoned those rights.

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