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State Review of Environmental Impacts Could Result in Mineral Leasing Opportunities in Maryland

Starting in 2007, many western Maryland landowners saw increased oil and gas leasing as gas companies further developed the Marcellus Shale which contains one of the largest known natural gas reserves in the world. The Marcellus Shale is adjacent to a large energy market in the East Coast. The...

Maryland Mineral Estate Owners Can Lose Property Rights for Not Complying With Dormant Mineral Law

Photo by Nicholas A. Tonelli source wikicommons In 2015, Maryland enacted a two-year moratorium on hydraulic “fracking.” This moratorium, along with low oil and gas prices, means that Maryland mineral owners will probably not see oil and gas companies looking to lease minerals soon. This lack of...

State Review of Environmental Impacts Could Result in Mineral Leasing Opportunities in Maryland (EB-418)

Starting in 2007, many western Maryland landowners saw increased oil and gas leasing as gas companies further developed the Marcellus Shale which contains one of the largest known natural gas reserves in the world. The Marcellus Shale is adjacent to a large energy market in the East Coast. The...
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