For more information:
Mark Thornburg, 317-692-7849
Mindy Reef, 317-692-7822,

May 30, 2012

Mineral rights seminars scheduled

Landowners wondering about their rights when it comes to mineral extraction have two seminars, one in Vanderburgh County and one in Indianapolis, to learn more. Mineral Rights: Knowing Your Rights Underground will introduce the laws and regulations affecting mineral extraction from a landowner’s perspective.

“With new technologies, oil and gas formations that were inaccessible can be reached,” said Mark Thornburg, director of IFB’s legal affairs team. “Landowners and farmers need to prepare to address their concerns as specifically as possible in any documents they sign.”

The seminars offer landowners a look at regulations, land-leasing tips, and how to protect property rights, among other topics. Oil, gas and coal permits; mineral lapse; surface rights and environmental considerations will be covered. 

“Older form leases are not likely to address some of these new complexities in mineral extraction, so farmers should consult attorneys with mineral extraction knowledge,” Thornburg said.

The agenda for both events is the same. Vanderburgh County’s takes place on July 29 at the Vanderburgh County Fairgrounds 4-H Center Banquet Hall in Evansville. The Indianapolis seminar takes place at the Indiana Farm Bureau home office assembly halls on July 30.

The program focuses on the interest of landowners; however, attorneys who represent landowners may find the information beneficial.  Continuing legal education credits are being sought.  

The Indiana Agricultural Law Foundation, Indiana Farm Bureau and CountryMark Cooperative sponsor both seminars; Posey County Farm Bureau is an additional sponsor for the Vanderburgh County location.

Visit and look under the Events menu to register. The seminar cost is $20. For more information, contact Maria Spellman at 317-692-7840. 

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