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

Author: 
Paul Goeringer

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            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 opportunities to develop oil and gas interests means some mineral owners will need to comply with Maryland's Dormant Mineral law to retain ownership of their mineral interests.

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