Regarding the matter of dormant minerals, the state legislature did address this topic during the 2011-2012 Session. However, while acknowledging the existence of dormant minerals and the desire to reclaim them, Chapter 501 of the Laws of New York, 2011, limited the scope of reclamation to Allegheny state park only, therefore providing that reclamation of any dormant minerals would be made by the State of New York solely. The language therein included a legislative declaration, which stated that where oil and gas rights have not been used for twenty years, they may properly be viewed as dormant, and it is reasonable and appropriate to lapse such rights unless their owners assert their claims to them within a reasonable period of two years. The language went on to add a new section (Article 9, Section 329-a) to the existing real estate law, which called for the extinguishment of unused oil and gas interests, with said interests reverting to the state.
The legislation does not extend this ability to private individuals and companies, with the main avenue for similar hopes of reclamation appearing to be solely through a quiet title action brought in court.