COSHOCTON -- Landowners across the state are being approached by companies seeking to acquire the rights to drill on their property, even as lawmakers and the public are offering opinions and policies.

Locally, the Coshocton County Landowner's Group will be having a public meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 15 at the Coshocton County Career Center, located 23640 Airport Road in Coshocton.

Columbus-based attorney Dick Emens, of Emens & Wolper Law Firm, one of Ohio's most experienced oil and gas attorneys, will speak at the meeting on Utica Shale developments that benefit landowners.

The Coshocton County Landowners Group represents about 300 landowners in Coshocton County and northern Muskingum County.

Emens has over 40 years of experience in oil and gas law and leases. He is a frequent writer and speaker about oil and gas leases for the Utica and Marcellus Shale. Emens and his colleagues have spoken to more than 5,000 Ohio landowners in the past year on a variety of oil and gas related issues such as education about terms of leases, negotiating more landowner-friendly leases, estate planning and tax savings for oil and gas payments.