First time poster..
I was so excited to find this forum. My family owned 80 acres in western PA for about 90 years. They mined coal on the land in the 1940's and 50's. The "farm" was sold about 30years ago and has been divided into about 10 parcels.
The current owners just signed leases with a major company giving them permission to drill in the Marcellus and Utica Shales. When our mother/grandmother sold the property 30 years ago, the deed states that "we retain the right to the coal and anything that supports under the surface." Does my family own the mineral rights? I read a post about a form declaring ownership, is that our first step?