Proposed Ohio regulations for landmen, drilling prove divisive

Proposed Ohio regulations for landmen, drilling prove divisive

Staff report


The idea of legislation to regulate landmen who negotiate oil and gas leases has industry leaders claiming new regulations are unnecessary and complicated. Supporters, meanwhile, argue such changes are needed to deal with an expanding industry.

House Bill 493 would require registration of all landmen, along with a checklist of information the landmen and the lessee would have to sign acknowledging the property owner understood the leasing contract and the procedures involved in oil and gas production.

Legislation involving the oil and gas industry is going to continue to evolve, said state Rep. Ronald V. Gerberry, D-59th, a bill co-sponsor.

“I talked to a legislator in North Dakota, and I don’t think we are totally aware of what we’re about to see in the Mahoning Valley and the entire eastern Ohio corridor,” he said. “There is a need not only to regulate landmen, but also to ensure that people are protected from the companies that are coming in here.”

Gerberry said he supports drilling but wants to make sure legislation is in place to protect the public.

Don Fischbach, head of the Energy and Natural Resources practice group at the law firm Calfee, Halter and Griswold, said he is unsure landmen will be able to meet the explanation requirements the proposed law would require.

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