Two Ohio state representatives have introduced legislation to help landowners get proper compensation from leasing mineral rights for drilling.
Reps. John Carney, D-Columbus, and Mark Okey, D-Carrollton, have introduced House Bill 528 that would establish an oil and gas production audit clause to be included in every lease recorded in the state.
The bill is designed to assure that landowners get correct monthly production numbers from drillers.
Most leases contain no audit rights for landowners, forcing them to rely on the honesty of the energy companies, Carney and Okey said.
The bill is expected to be referred to the Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee.
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