Energy Industry (Oil & Gas)/Finding Mineral Rights


Good evening Mr. Scott.  Back in the 80s my father owned some mineral rights in West Virginia.  He lost around $1,000,000 trying to drill a well and struck nothing.  When he passed, I was not aware of the location where these right were.  My question is, how can I find mineral rights in West Virginia?  Do you know any way to find this from another state?  Also any ideas on what it would cost to have someone search 55 counties in West Virginia?  Thank you for your time.

Wow. 55 counties! If you could narrow it down that would certainly simplify things. Best thing to do would be to check if any of the counties have their records available online and start there. If not online, you'd likely want to hire a landman to search the county records for your father's name. You could also contact a local abstract office, who would do the same for a fee.

There is an article available on my website (below) that might also help you out should you decide to travel there and search yourself. Look for the Mineral Hub Dispatch link.

Hope this helps you out.
Frederick M. "Mick" Scott CMM RPL
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Oil and gas leasing, lease negotiations, how to best deal with the oil and gas companies or their representatives, buying/selling mineral rights, forced-pooling, correlative rights, deeds and conveyances, and "post-production" costs. I am most experienced with Oklahoma properties and laws, but am able to answer questions concerning other oil and gas producing states in many cases.


I am a Certified Professional Mineral Manager (CMM) certified by the National Association of Royalty Owners (NARO) in Tulsa, OK. I am also a Registered Professional Landman (RPL) with the American Association of Professional Landmen (AAPL). I have managed my family's oil and gas properties in Oklahoma for over 10 years and have dealt with many landmen, title analysts, attorneys and other oil and gas professionals in the process. I have written articles of interest to mineral rights owners which have appeared in various industry magazines and newsletters. I have negotiated and drafted leases, prepared deeds, affidavits, and other legal instruments relating to my own minerals, as well as performed title, legal research, and curative work for same. I have acquired a good deal of knowledge on the subjects of oil and gas law, mineral appraisal, and land and title work over the past ten years, and have also worked as a professional landman. I've seen the business from "both sides" and therefore feel confident I can help out most of the folks who ask questions in this forum.

National Association of Royalty Owners "Action Report" (ROAR); NADOA Magazine, The Mineral Hub, Landman Magazine, and several royalty owner association group's newsletters.

Certified Mineral Manager (CMM), Registered Professional Landman (RPL)

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