Supreme Court Upholds Dunham Rule—natural Gas Is Not A Mineral

Posted by Joe Price & filed under DLP Law, Gas Drilling Injuries.


In a case arising out of Susquehanna County, a natural gas lease was threatened by heirs of a former land owner.  The heirs claimed that the term “mineral” found in an old deed included natural gas.  Citing the 130 year old case of Dunham  v  Kilpatrick, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled against the heirs.  Mineral does not include natural gas.  The deed reserving such rights needs to be specific and state “natural gas”.

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Joe Price is a trial lawyer serving Northeast Pennsylvania for the past thirty years. He is Board certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and Pennsylvania Super Lawyer. Attorney Price has successfully tried many diverse cases including cases against General Motors, Dollar General, Pennsylvania Department of State and numerous insurance carriers.

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