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Questions surround Ohio natural gas storage fields

By Bob Downing Published: August 23, 2012

The Youngstown-based Business Journal Daily recently took a  look at how Ohio's 16 natural gas storage fields are causing confusion regarding ownership of mineral rights beneath them.

Landowners in Columbiana County last May filed lawsuits over the Brinker Storage Field.

In addition, landowners in Stark County have filed a class action lawsuit involving “drilling rights in the North Canton Storage Field, owned by Dominion Gas,” the article said.

In June, a class-action suit was filed in Stark County Common Pleas Court over mineral rights under a gas storage area in southern Summit and northern Stark counties.

The East Ohio Gas Co, began storing natural gas in the shallow sandstone formation in the 1940s.

The suit was filed on behalf of two landowners by Canton attorney Robert J. Tscholl.

The key legal question is: Do landowners who own land in a designated storage field also own the deeper mineral rights that can be leased/developed?

 For more, read the full story here.

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