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Legal Aspects of Oil, Gas Drilling Focus of June Symposium

May 3, 2011

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Recent interest in developing Ohio's resources for natural gas drilling has prompted Ohio State University's Agricultural and Resource Law Program to plan an Ohio Oil and Gas Law Symposium, "The 'New' Ohio Oil and Gas Boom: Drilling into Legal Issues."

The Continuing Legal Education (CLE) program for attorneys will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, June 16, at the Longaberger Golf Club at One Long Drive in Nashport, Ohio, 10 miles east of Newark.

"Although Ohio has a long history of oil and gas production, we anticipate even greater interest in the legal issues involved as companies generate what may be unprecedented oil and gas activity in the Marcellus and Utica shale around the state," said Peggy Hall, director of the program and Ohio State University Extension agricultural law specialist. "Today's shale development uses new technologies and brings new legal issues that attorneys need to be aware of."

The program offers 5.5 CLE credits. The registration fee is $175 by June 6 or $200 afterward. Lawyers first admitted to the bar after 2008 receive a $50 discount. Lunch is provided.

Registration by credit card is available at, or checks payable to the OSU Agricultural and Resource Law Program may be mailed with a completed form, available at, to Peggy Hall, Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics, 2120 Fyffe Road, Columbus, OH, 43210. All registrations must be received by June 13.

The program will address:

  • "An Overview of the Shale Resource," Thomas B. Murphy, co-director of the Penn State Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research.
  • "Mandatory Pooling and Current Regulatory Issues," Sandra H. Ramos, legal counsel for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Mineral Resources Management.
  • "Dealing with Dormant Minerals and Old Leases," Eric C. Johnson, attorney, Johnson and Johnson Law Firm in Canfield.
  • "Ohio Oil and Gas Leases: A Primer," Gregory D. Russell, attorney, Vorys, Sater, Seymour, and Pease LLP in Columbus.
  • "Landowner Leasing Issues: Panel Discussion," Johnson and Christopher N. Finney, attorney, Logee, Hostetler, Stutzman and Lehman, LLC in Wooster.
  • "Representing Landowner Groups in Oil and Gas Leasing," Finney.

For more information, contact Hall at or 614-247-7898.


Martha Filipic
Peggy Hall