The term "correlative rights" is commonly applied to two related but somewhat different situations that arise from or are incidental to the exploration and production of oil and gas. First, it refers to the rights and obligations of landowners (and those holding from them) to each other arising out of the exploration and production from a common reservoir that underlies their respective tracts and to their other activities related to the use and enjoyment of adjacent tracts of land. Second, it may refer to the rights and obligations with respect to each other of persons holding separate rights to the use and enjoyment of the same tract of land.
Harrell, Thomas A.
"Correlative Rights of
Surface and Mineral Owners,"
Annual Institute on Mineral Law: Vol. 54
, Article 18.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.law.lsu.edu/mli_proceedings/vol54/iss1/18