Can a lateral for directional drilling be run under acreage not included in the drilling unit in order to get to land that is in the drilling unit?

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No. A operator will propose a unit and once finalized, the operator will file a DPU (declaration of pooling and unit) in the county courthouse. If you’re not leased and they pulled you in, that’s trespassing. Unless you’re in West Virginia and you only own a percentage of minerals in that tract of land. The operator has to have 50% leased in the tract,  then the co tenancy kicks in. 

Thanks. Since ORC 1509.022 says that a rig for directional drilling can be placed on a parcel of land not included in the drilling unit, I wondered how far away from the drilling unit the rig could be placed.


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