Jackson Township Landowners Sue for Mineral Rights

From the Canton Repository:
Two property owners in Jackson Township have launched a class-action lawsuit aimed at reclaiming the mineral rights to their land. 
They hope to lease those mineral rights to companies trying to pull oil and natural gas out of the Utica shale, which lies about 7,500 feet below the surface. 
But right now the mineral rights appear to be controlled by Dominion East Ohio, which operates the North Canton Gas Storage Field that lies under parts of Jackson, Lake, Lawrence and Plain townships, and Green and New Franklin in Summit County. 
If the land owners can claim the mineral rights, they would have a chance to lease the rights to the highest bidder. 
BK Builders Ltd., on Higbee Avenue NW, and Terry R. Renner, of Lutz Avenue NW, recently filed the lawsuit in Stark County Common Pleas Court against Dominion, Pennsylvania based CNX Gas Co., and several unknown parties and entities with interest in the gas storage field. 
Lawyers hope the case will become a class-action suit for everyone who owns land above Dominion’s gas storage field. 
The lawsuit is similar to complaints filed earlier this year in Columbiana County where Columbia Gas Transmission has the Brinker Storage Field. While property owners above the storage field want to lease their mineral rights, NiSource — Columbia Gas’ parent company — has transferred mineral rights to another of its subsidiaries.
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