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Pennsylvania Decision Creates Uncertainty About Who Owns Shale Gas
Posted on 10 Nov 2011 by McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC

By Erik M. Hume As many property owners throughout Pennsylvania Marcellus Shale counties have learned in recent years, ownership of the surface does not necessarily include ownership of what lies below. Title to the surface and subsurface can be "severed";... Read More

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Pennsylvania Supreme Court Reaffirms Dunham Rule
Posted on 25 Apr 2013 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

By Russell L. Schetroma and Nathaniel I. Holland In a unanimous opinion ( Butler v. Charles Power Estate , No. 27 MAP 2012) by Justice Baer issued April 24, 2013, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court reaffirmed the Dunham Rule, holding that a reservation... Read More

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Upholds the Continuing Vitality of the 177-Year-Old Dunham Rule
Posted on 29 Apr 2013 by Norton Rose Fulbright

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has upheld the continuing vitality of the 177 year old Dunham rule in Pennsylvania, reiterating that a rebuttable presumption arises in any private deed or land conveyance that natural gas is not a "mineral" unless... Read More