The rise of frac sand mining — sometimes called "fracking" — and other technologies that make previously inaccessible oil and gas resources available for mining, have led to an oil and gas boom in Ohio and throughout many other parts of the United States. This has made mineral rights, including those that have gone unused for decades, a highly valued commodity.
A Trusted Resource For Oil And Gas Law Matters
At Volkema Thomas Miller & Scott, LPA, we represent surface owners who wish to legally claim the rights to minerals beneath their property. We use our in-depth understanding of Ohio's oil and gas laws, as well as the insight and knowledge we have gained during our more than 100 combined years of legal practice, to resolve mineral rights matters as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible. Our Ohio oil and gas law attorneys represent clients with oil and gas needs throughout the state, especially in the eastern region from Youngstown to Marietta, along the Ohio River and west to Cambridge.
The Dormant Mineral Rights Act
The Dormant Mineral Rights Act was put into effect in 1989. It states that if mineral rights sat dormant for 20 years or more, they would automatically revert to the possession of the surface owner. Starting in 2009, this 20-year requirement was satisfied and surface owners are now able to claim their mineral rights through a legal action known as obtaining quiet title.
However, the coal companies and other entities that bought these rights many years ago often contest these actions — even though they allowed the resources to sit dormant for decades. You need a dedicated legal team such as ours to help you stand up to these organizations and claim the rights available to you under the law.
Contact The Firm
From our office in Columbus, our lawyers serve the needs of clients throughout Ohio. Contact us online or call 614-441-8553 to arrange a consultation.