Last week, the United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals issued its decision in Eclipse Res.—Ohio, LLC v. Madzia, concerning a dispute between a landowner and a lessee regarding the latter’s drilling rights. Among other things, the court found:Click here to read the whole article.
- The lease, which conveyed to the lessee a broad grant of rights to use the landowner’s property for drilling—including the right to transport oil and gas through the property “from other lands”—authorized drilling a horizontal well through the landowner’s property from a well pad located thereon and producing from adjacent property not owned by the landowner;
- A separate subsurface-easement agreement, which only pertained to drilling operations on the landowner’s property, did not modify the lease to restrict off-lease production, in the absence of any language in the easement evidencing an intent to modify the lease; and
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