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In 2010, the Maryland General Assembly passed the “Dormant Mineral Interests Act” allowing a surface estate owner of real property subject to an unused mineral interest to terminate that interest. Recently, two different surface owners of real property with unused mineral interest followed the proper process to terminate those interests. In both cases, the mineral interest owners claimed the law was unconstitutional by taking their property without just compensation. In both cases, Maryland courts upheld the Dormant Mineral Interests Act (Act) as constitutional and not an unconstitutional taking of private property.Read More