Property Rights in Pennsylvania

The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania Reaffirmed the Dunham Rule with respect to property rights. This Case Involved a Deed Executed in 1881 that reserved to the Grantor one half the minerals and petroleum oils. The Dunham Rule Asserts natural gas cannot be defined as a mineral. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court Ruled Natural Gas trapped within Marcellus Shale is not a mineral. Since Natural Gas was not stated the right of ownership of Natural Gas was not conveyed by the Deed.  Read about the decision at

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