In Devitis v. Draper (Case No. 13 MO 0017), the Ohio Seventh District Court of Appeals considered whether an oil and gas royalty interest is subject to abandonment under R.C. 5301.56 (the Dormant Mineral Act).
In Corban v. Chesapeake Exploration, L.L.C. (Slip Opinion No. 2016-Ohio-5796), the Supreme Court of Ohio issued a landmark decision involving the Dormant Mineral Act. In Corban, the Supreme Court of Ohio addressed two certified questions from the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, Eastern Division.
In Chesapeake Exploration, LLC v. Buell (Slip Opinion No. 2015-Ohio-4551) ("Chesapeake"), the Ohio Supreme Court addressed two certified questions from the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio.
In an opinion issued on January 19, 2015, in the case of SWEPI, LP v. Mora County, New Mexico et al., a federal district judge in New Mexico invalidated a local ban on hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as "fracking", enacted through a local ordinance in Mora County, New Mexico.