Landowner Toolkit


All material provided by Look Before You Lease is for educational purposes only. Please seek proper legal and financial services if you are planning to sign a lease.

Section I – About Us

About Look Before You Lease (LB4UL)

Section II – Understanding Hydraulic Fracturing

The Drilling Process

Hydraulic Fracture Process – Video

Introduction to Hydraulic Fracturing – From Frac Focus

Hydraulic Fracturing Factsheet – ODNR

Terms to Know

Oil and Gas Terminology

Environmental and Health Considerations

Review of potential environmental health impacts on Children with regard to Hydraulic Fracture Process – PEHSU Network

The Natural Gas Industry is Exempted from Many Major Environmental Laws – NY Times

Waste Disposal

Overview of Waste Disposal Wells Ohio – ODNR

Underground Injection Control (UIC) for Brine Fluid – ODNR

Deep Well Injection Brief – Waste Management

Note about Waste Disposal in Ohio – LB4UL

Material Safety Data Sheets

Link to MSDS Information – ODNR

Link to MSDS By well from Frac Focus (Note: as of 10/6/11 no wells listed for Ohio)

Mandatory Pooling In Ohio

Mandatory Pooling Overview

Section III – Before You Lease

Rights and Responsibilities

coming soon!

Water Sampling Resources

Recommendations for Water Sampling – Ohio EPA

BMP’s for Pre Drilling Water Sampling – ODNR

Water Testing Resource – OSU

Ohio Orphan Well Program

Ohio Orphan Well Program – ODNR ( Note: Before any new wells can be drilled on a property any orphan wells must be sealed)

Reclaiming Mineral Rights

Dormant Minerals Fact Sheet – OSU

Section IV – Leasing Your Land

Landowner Considerations

FAQ – Oil and Gas Drilling – ODNR

Leasing Considerations for Landowners – OSU

Answers You Need to Have Prior to Signing a Lease Agreement – OSU

Getting an attorney

How to find an Oil and Gas Attorney

Financial Planning

A Landowners Guide to Financial Management – Penn State University

Potential Impact on Appraisal Value

Oil and Gas Mineral Rights in Land Appraisal -Texas Land & Mineral Owners Association

Checking with your mortgage Lender

Impact on Residential Lending – Thompkins Trust Company

Hud Home Site Analysis – See PDF Pg 8 Sec 2-2 D

Oil and Gas & Home / Land Foreclosure

Article: Mortgage Lender Denying Applications – NRDC (Informational, contact your lender to understand their policies around oil and gas leases)

Landowner Associations

Ohio Landowner Association Contacts

Negotiating The lease

Landowner Leasing Guide – Ohio Farm Bureau

Unusual Provisions Oil and Gas for Ohio By: Emens & Wolper Law Firm

Important Negotiating Points in Ohio – NEOGAP

Leasing Fact sheet – ODNR

Marcellus Shale Lease Guide – Pennsylvania Environmental Council

Checklist for Negotiating an Oil and Gas Lease – Additional Resource from Texas

An Ohio Landowner’s Guide to Hydraulic Fracturing – Harvard Law School NEW!!

Sample Lease Template

Leasing Farmland For Oil & Gas – OSU

Sample Ohio Oil and Gas Lease – LB4UL   NEW!!

Section V – After The Lease is Signed

royalty Payments

Online Royalty Calculator

Contacting an ODNR Oil and Gas Field Inspector

Mine safety inspectors may be contacted to report an accident, schedule training or to answer questions.
Field inquiries or complaints should be directed to the office nearest you

North Region

South Region

West Region

Section VI – Community Impact

Preliminary Findings on Impact to Communities – Penn State University

Truck Traffic Required for New Shale Development- From New York

Marcellus Economic Impact Fact Facts For Pennsylvania – PA Department of Labor & Industry