Unitization Requests Affecting Columbiana County Landowners
Several Columbiana County property owners unwilling to lease their land for horizontal drilling recently were forced to do so under a nearly 50-year-old state law, and at least two other such applications in the county remain pending
The so-called "unitization" law, which dates back to 1965, is a legal process by which companies drilling for oil and gas in Ohio can force unwilling or reluctant property owners to become part of a drilling unit.
Unitization, and the more commonly known term of "mandatory pooling," are the same thing, according to Mark Bruce, a public information officer for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, except unitization applies to horizontal drilling permits, while mandatory pooling refers to vertical drilling.Read more about this story here.
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