C|M|LAW Professor and Associate Dean Heidi Gorovitz Robertson published a blog post in Crain’s Cleveland Business on May 3, 2013, titled Ohio laws allow drillers access to land, at times over landowner objections. The post concerns conflicting values in property rights that arise through the application of Ohio’s oil and gas laws in Ohio’s quickly developing shale oil and gas industry. The basic point is that while some property owners think they get to decide whether drilling will occur beneath their land, under Ohio’s mandatory pooling and unitization laws, that is not the case. Ohio oil and gas laws place the correlative rights of neighbors — the neighbors’ right to development the natural resource– above the individual property owner’s right to prevent drilling.
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