News and information useful to Cleveland-Marshall College of Law students, faculty and staff.

This Just In: More Oil and Gas Law Resources

Oil and gas law : a legal research guide / by Lauren E. Schroeder  will help you find relevant statutes, cases, regulations, agency materials and secondary sources for research in the growing area of oil and gas law.  The book focuses on domestic oil and gas law, but also covers sources related to oil pollution and introductory information on international oil and gas law research.

BNA Tax Management Portfolios  are accessible remotely and in the law school to law students and faculty as part of the library’s BNA databases.  Several of these address taxation issues in the oil and gas industry, including:

(While the BNA Tax Managment Portfolios are not new to the library, they are definitely worth pointing out.)

For more oil and gas resources in the library, see our prior post This Just In: Energy Law in a Nutshell (Plus other oil and gas law resources) .

“Ohio’s red hot shale market”

Shale leases and royalties are currently a big news item in Ohio. There is both good and bad news for Ohio concerning leases on shale fields. The good news is that Ohio landowners are receiving royalty checks that are approximately three times larger than landowners in Pennsylvania because Ohio properties have more gas deposits than those areas. When landowners sign a lease they get an upfront bonus in addition to yearly royalty fees that are based on the land’s productivity. Royalties in Ohio average around $15,000 per acre.

The bad news is that a number of Ohioans may not be receiving the amount due to them for their upfront bonuses. Thirty-three landowners in Columbiana County sued Chesapeake Energy Corp. in late February because they claim that their bonus checks were only one percent of what they should have been paid. In addition to this suit, ninety-five Ohio landowners are being sued by the Chesapeake Energy Corp. for trying to break their leases in order to sell to another bidder.

These are just some of the major news events related to shale leases. For more information read an article from Crain’s Cleveland Business titled “Landowners dig in, sue over shale leases.”


Photo by gthills

This Just In: Energy Law in a Nutshell (Plus other oil and gas law resources)

Our prior post, Demand for Oil and Gas Attorneys Increases, noted that the recent exploration for natural gas in Ohio has resulted in increased work in this area for attorneys.  Need to get up to speed on Oil and Gas law?  The library recently received a copy of Energy Law in a Nutshell KF2120.Z9 T65 2011.  Other helpful resources in our collection include: 

  • Oil and Gas Law in a Nutshell KF1850 .L68 2009
  • The Law of Oil and Gas, with Forms KF1849 .S8 2004 – kept current with pocket parts.  Also on Westlaw.
  • FERC : Federal Energy Regulatory Commission,  American Bar Association, Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources KF2120 .M34 2009
  • Hemingway Oil and Gas Law and Taxation KF1849 .H44 2004 (Hornbook)

Some Ohio specific resources:

  • Ohio Jurisprudence 3d – article on Mines and Minerals and article on Energy
  • Baldwin’s Ohio Real Estate Law – Chapter 47, Ohio and Gas Leases. (also on Westlaw)
  • Ohio Real Property Law and Practice – Chapter 14, Minerals Oil and Gas (also on Lexis)

Photo:  Shale Gas Exploration – A drilling rig testing for the possibility of extracting gas by the controvertial hydraulic fracturing technique more commonly known as “fracking”.  From Geograph.