Mineral Rights and Property Rights

Mineral Rights and Property Rights: An Action Research Study
Prepared by Linda Rulison and Jeff Henqinet, April, 2012


Ownership of mineral rights is a growing concern for private and public property owners in the western Upper Peninsula, as well as for citizens in general. Our region, with its belt of mineral deposits extending from Ontario across the UP and Wisconsin into Minnesota, has an unusual history of severing subsurface mineral rights from surface rights. Renewed efforts at widespread mineral exploitation creates concerns for surface property owners who need to know the rights and responsibilities of the respective owners or leasers of their subsurface minerals when these mineral rights have been severed from a land parcel.

This document is intended as a guide for those wanting to learn more about mineral rights:

  • What are Mineral Rights?
  • Who owns the mineral rights under my land?
  • Are companies legally responsible for any damage that is done?
  • Do I need to talk to an attorney?
  • What concerns are there that may not currently be addressed by Michigan laws?

This document is for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. You should contact your attorney to obtain advice with respect to any particular issue or problem.

Click below to read the report:
Mineral & Property Rights- PDF Version

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