Posts Authored by Jeff Bell

Bricker to host webinar when Ohio Supreme Court issues DMA decisions

Following the last of its scheduled arguments regarding the Ohio Dormant Minerals Act (DMA), landowners, oil and gas companies, attorneys and judges are anxiously awaiting the Ohio Supreme Court’s decisions on a number of important DMA cases — Walker v. Noon, Chesapeake v. Corban and Eisenbarth v. Reusser. These three cases, which involve many highly-contested issues relating to the DMA, focus on the key legal issue before the Court, especially including whether the 1989 version of the statute was self-executing. These rulings will likely unlock a backlog of dozens of Ohio DMA cases in lower courts and will provide certainty to oil and gas companies in the Marcellus and Utica shale plays in Ohio. 

To quickly update you on the Supreme Court's DMA decisions and their implications, Bricker & Eckler attorney Matt Warnock will present a webinar-based analysis of the decision(s) on the first business day following the release of the court’s ruling. 

The webinar date and times will become available upon the court's issuance of its decision. Please contact Jeanna Packard at or 614.227.8890 to receive updates and registration details for this free online event.

Ohio, Oil & Gas Litigation

OU hosts webinar on shale boom’s impact on communities

Ohio University is hosting a free webinar, “Economic Boom and Bust: Lessons from the Frontline of Coal and Shale,” on Wednesday, December 9, 2015 from 11a.m. to noon. Presenters Dale Arnold, with the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, and Jason Jolley and Scott Miller, with Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs,  will discuss best practices and resources available to help State leaders, resource providers, researchers, economic and workforce developers, and others manage the shale industry in their communities. In addition to discussing shale’s benefits and costs, speakers will also provide insight on the challenges communities dependent on coal and other resources are facing.  To learn more, or register, visit the event page