I. General Provisions – “Mineral Rights” -
A. Under Ohio law, the term “mineral” generally includes oil and gas unless the language in the granting instruments suggests the parties intended otherwise. Kelly v. Ohio OilCo., 57 Ohio St. 317 (1897).
B. Ohio has been producing oil and natural gas since the late 1800’s. There is an established body of case law that tends to support production and exploitation of mineral interests for the benefit of the landowner.
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