Robertson Writes on Conflicting Visions of Property Rights in Crain’s Cleveland Business

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.

To read Robertson’s post, click here:

http://www.crainscleveland.com/article/20130503/SHALEBLOGS/305039995

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One Response to Robertson Writes on Conflicting Visions of Property Rights in Crain’s Cleveland Business

  1. Alan Jay Rom says:

    Dear Heidi: I thoroughly enjoyed reading your article and had no idea of this rule of law (learn something new every day!). Do you think it could be challenged as a “taking” pursuant to the Supreme Court decision of 2012 in Arkansas Game & Fish Commission v. U.S.? Best, Alan

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