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SubjectDate Asked
Oil & Mineral rights - Potter County PA1/10/2017
  Q: Myself along with 4 other relatives were willed just over 200 acres of land in Potter Cty PA the ...
  A: You could check the county clerk's office in the county where the minerals are located and see if ...
Leasing offer9/30/2016
  Q: Scott I received a 3 year lease offer from Fairway Land Company for $500 per mineral acre for 30 ...
  A: David, Fairway may be leasing for "Stonebriar Energy", as I saw several leases filed in their name ...
New company wants well pad on current lease? 10/3/2015
  Q: my Club owns ground in Delmar township in so.east tioga county Pa. We have been leased by Shell for ...
  A: I would wait until the lease expires, then if the new company wants to put a well pad on your ...
Is this well running out of product?7/13/2015
  Q: Scott, My sister and I share aprox 52 acres in Carter County, OK. XTO has been drilling since ...
  A: I took a look and the well seems to still be producing as of March of this year. Looks to be ...
SW/4 SW/4 Lot 8 (S/2 SW/4) Sect 24 T9N R1W 82.5 Acres6/23/2015
  Q: My grandmother earned substantial income off this property through oil and gas lease with Koch and ...
  A: No production in this section since 2002 that I can see. The Shari Lynn well was plugged in 2002. It ...
Working Interest For The Little Guy4/24/2015
  Q: Can I lease my Royalty Interest and keep part of the working interest ? Jan
  A: Yes. The operator may not like it, but you can lease most of your interest and then participate in ...
How do I get Devon to honor TX Muniment of Title?1/27/2015
  Q: Last May a Wilson County Judge signed an order as Muniment of Title, giving us ownership of mineral ...
  A: If MAP, in good faith (i.e. not knowing the cousins may not have had legal title to the minerals at ...
division orders incorrect/statute of limitaions?1/23/2015
  Q: My question is regarding Division Orders in the State of Texas. My deceased former husband had some ...
  A: As you're probably aware, anyone can sue anyone for practically anything. It's whether they "have a ...
Mineral Rights11/4/2014
  Q: The family has retained the mineral rights (royalty interest) to 320.79 acres in Campbell County, ...
  A: A decent landman or competent oil and gas attorney in the county where the mineral rights are ...
pooling question/ unitization10/18/2014
  Q: We have a question about an expired lease being held by a unitization clause. Background info: We ...
  A: The date on the lease document itself (usually near the top) is the effective date, no matter when ...
Mineral rights and intestate succession. 7/14/2014
  Q: My sisters & I inherited mineral rights through our Dad, which has been passed through heirs his ...
  A: The shares your uncles and aunt owned would be distributed according to the laws of "intestate ...
"$10.00 and other good and valuable consideration" meaning?7/3/2014
  Q: I received a cash offer from a company named Cascade Energy, L.P. aka Cascade Acquisition partners, ...
  A: It's fairly common, almost universal really, for mineral deeds to state only a "token" payment of ...
Mineral rights leasing Washita County7/1/2014
  Q: I own mineral rights in Washita County. Can you tell me if there is any interest in the area right ...
  A: The northern part of Washita County is really the only area where there is a lot of current leasing ...
Mineral Rights6/10/2014
  Q: 74 net mineral acres in Williams,ND. Township 155 North,Range96 West,5th PM......Section8 ...
  A: Ballpark? At least $2000/acre would be my educated guess. Also depends on whether they are currently ...
S22 6S 8E Bryan, Finley4/24/2014
  Q: Just wondering if a well was drilled in section 22, 6 south, 8 east , bryan county OK, NW of Durant, ...
  A: No well drilled in that section that I could find, nor are there plans for one that I can see. It ...
Blaine County, Montana4/9/2014
  Q: I currently have 1600 acres if mineral rights in Blaine County Montana. I am looking to sell, what ...
  A: Yes, you can sell them even if they are leased. If sold, the lease would simply apply to the new ...
Washita County Lease Activity3/19/2014
  Q: I own mineral rights in Washita County OK, Sec 3&4, Township 9 North, Range 16 West, and had heard ...
  A: Likely if you haven't been contacted, there isn't any current interest in leasing your mineral ...
MINERAL LEASES IN BLAINE COUNTY, MONTANA3/17/2014
  Q: Many thanks for making yourself available to answer questions from ordinary folk. I am trying to ...
  A: The following link will take you to the lease price sale results from the State's recent lease ...
release of information on drilling status2/17/2014
  Q: My siblings and I own the mineral rights on some property in the Bakken in North Dakota. We leased ...
  A: The "confidential" status is common in ND, so unfortunately unless you are a working-interest owner ...
In-House Landman2/13/2014
  Q: Frederick, I have been an independent field landman for the past 8 years, for the most part, ...
  A: I'll wager the people you mentioned who were able to get the coveted "in house" job stood out in ...
Carter County, OK Activity2/2/2014
  Q: I recently leased my mineral rights for three sections in Carter County, Oklahoma. They are; Section ...
  A: Most of the current drilling activity is to the west and north of you by a few miles, and also out ...
Renewal of Oil and Gas Lease; Top Lease1/24/2014
  Q: Scott: I have an oil and gas lease entered into on March 24, 2009 that is due to expire March 24, ...
  A: Neither of those paragraphs are good for you, especially the five-year extension (unless they had ...
Cubic feet to MCF conversion11/7/2013
  Q: I think shale gas will create more positive changes in USA then any other new technology in the last ...
  A: 30.3 million cubic feet = 30,300 MCF, not 30.3 MCF. 30,300 MCF could heat about 90,900 homes per ...
Bryan County, OK Activity?9/6/2013
  Q: Scott I'll try to keep this short,I have inherited a small amount of property( 9 acres) in Bryan Co. ...
  A: The <a href="http://www.occeweb.com/Orawebapps/OCCOraWebAppsone.html"> Oklahoma Corporation ...
Finding Mineral Rights9/5/2013
  Q: Good evening Mr. Scott. Back in the 80s my father owned some mineral rights in West Virginia. He ...
  A: Wow. 55 counties! If you could narrow it down that would certainly simplify things. Best thing to do ...
Carter County, Okla, Activity8/14/2013
  Q: I own mineral interests in 7.5 acres in Sec 27 only. Since the start of 2013 at least 17 different ...
  A: When 17 companies contact you within six months (whether to lease or to buy0; that would indicate ...
How do I find out what I own? 6/25/2013
  Q: I need to know what interest I have in Sec.2-15N-14W in Custer County in the state of Oklahoma I do ...
  A: Contact the people who gave you the notice. Ask them. If they don't know what you own, then you'll ...
Drilling activity4/30/2013
  Q: I own a a small portion of "pooled" mineral rights in Carter County, Oklahoma..... S/2 NW/4 NE/4 and ...
  A: XTO completed the RHODES 1-21H there in 2012. It's been producing between 1000 and 2000 BO per month ...
Old mineral rights4/17/2013
  Q: I have some old paperwork that belonged to my late father and husband regarding mineral rights for ...
  A: The <a href="http://www.rrc.state.tx.us/data/online/index.php"> Texas Railroad Commission </a> has a ...
Value of mineral rights4/7/2013
  Q: My family owns 1/2 of the mineral rights on 80 acres of property in Mercer County, ND. Township 146 ...
  A: If you're selling them you need to get them in front of some reputable buyers in order to determine ...
Royalty Deed3/27/2013
  Q: What exactly is a royalty deed? How does it effect the land owner ? If,a company is acquiring ...
  A: Minerals (oil and gas anyway) are not actually able to be "owned" separately from the land in ...
oil/natural gas royalty payment3/24/2013
  Q: I have a oil/natural gas lease with Kenyon Energy L.L.C. I live in Rumley Township, Harrison ...
  A: Do you own the mineral rights within the spacing unit of one of these wells? If so, then yes, you ...
Three years into a five-year lease3/21/2013
  Q: My sister and I have ten acres in Loving County Texas, NW/2S/4 of Section 2, Block 1, W & NW RR Co, ...
  A: Anadarko, Chesapeake, Cimarex, Energen, and Shell Western all currently have permits to drill in ...
ratification of oil and gas lease3/11/2013
  Q: Our lease was signed by my mother (now deceased) in August 2005. The primary term was 5 years. We ...
  A: Check witn an oil and gas attorney, but my feeling is it's unlikely you'll be able to negotiate ...
Gas lease terms changed2/27/2013
  Q: When we signed a gas lease in our neighborhood, a group of us joined together to negotiate with ...
  A: Negotiated your property size? You mean you were able to get Devon to pay you a bonus on more ...
estimated $1/16/2013
  Q: I own a very small portion of land in Carter County, Oklahoma. We have leased the land and recently ...
  A: You can figure your potential royalty in a 640-acre drilling and spacing unit thus: Acres owned ...
Mineral rights, Campbell County, WY11/16/2012
  Q: I inherited mineral rights in the Rocky Point, WY area of Campbell County, WY. I am wondering who ...
  A: Not too much leasing activity in the Rocky Point area, but the few who are leasing include Kingsbury ...
Dewey County, OK Activity11/16/2012
  Q: I own portion of some mineral rights in Dewey County, Oklahoma, Section 8, Township 17N, Range 16W. ...
  A: I took a quick look and saw no permit to drill a well in your section, however there is a well ...
Mineral Leasing10/30/2012
  Q: We have lineral rights in east Texas. We have been contacted by two leasing agents with different ...
  A: You can lease (or not lease) to whomever you like no matter what your neighbor does, but once you've ...
Mineral Reservation on Deed9/28/2012
  Q: Mick, The following exception appears on a 1987 deed, prior to which both the surface and the ...
  A: That language in itself does not reserve anything. It simply alerts people to any previous ...
Oil Lease9/18/2012
  Q: I just received a request from Transcontinent OIl Company to lease my 160 acres of oil rights near ...
  A: The fact that they are offering to lease you again a full year before your current lease expires ...
Bryan County mineral rights9/8/2012
  Q: Scott, My 90 year old parents handed me a small stack of papers which included an Oil and Gas Lease ...
  A: Pursue production? I assume you mean "try to get the property leased"? While you can of course drill ...
Oil Lease/Activity9/6/2012
  Q: Mick, I own mineral rights in North Dakota. 162N 97W Sections 29,32,33 161N 97W Sections 4,5 My ...
  A: Diamond Resources (P.O. BOX 1938 WILLISTON, CO 588022), Continental Resources (P.O. BOX 1032 ...
Fractional Tract Interest8/20/2012
  Q: I own a total of 11 mineral acres that were pooled into a 1280 acre tract. The mineral owners ...
  A: You've got me there, frankly. I would think if you owned 11 acres in a 1280-acre unit, your decimal ...
Drilling Activity in Custer Co. Oklahoma8/18/2012
  Q: I have spent a lot of time on the Internet trying to find any information relative to drilling in ...
  A: There is no current permit to drill a well in 12-12-17 or any of the surrounding sections. There is ...
Mineral Rights Interest8/10/2012
  Q: i singed a lease with Chesapeake energy last Oct. tax parcel tm-6,parcel 24 as i own 1/288 interest ...
  A: Likely your state's oil and gas regulatory body has a website where you can search for drilling ...
mineral ownership dispute8/2/2012
  Q: I inherited two mineral ownerships in Alfalfa County and one,(Section 20, Township 27 North, Range ...
  A: They are probably correct in that you don't own them, but if you think you own it for sure then you ...
Line variance7/29/2012
  Q: I'VE RECEIVED MY FIRST ROYALTY CHECK FROM CHESAPEAKE ENERGY - THERE IS A DEDUCTION FOR "LINE ...
  A: Probably just an accounting thing. Perhaps they paid too much on one line last month so they are ...
oil and gas lease7/17/2012
  Q: Could you please tell me what a fair lease amount would be for a pece of property in sect7 6n 7w in ...
  A: Negotiating the lease terms in an oil and gas lease is much like negotiating any other contract. ...
oil/gas leases6/29/2012
  Q: what is a fair price pay for oil/gas leases in lincoln county, oklahoma?
  A: Negotiating the lease terms in an oil and gas lease is much like negotiating any other contract. ...
Leasing Mineral rights6/28/2012
  Q: Our family has mineral rights to Section 8, League 300, Terry CSL, Gaines County, TX. Basin Land ...
  A: Without narrowing it down to your specific area of the county I can tell you that some of the major ...
minerals & rolalty's5/13/2012
  Q: our family & other family's were named in a minerals & royalty's law suite against a lot of oil ...
  A: Check the court clerk's records in the county where the case was decided. Outcome should be there. ...
Oil lease %4/25/2012
  Q: My wife and I have an Oil and Gas lease that we are getting monthly royalty payment in North Dakota. ...
  A: You can't "renegotiate" the terms of the current lease. 3/16 is a common royalty, so I'd say it's ...
Mineral Lease in Okla4/24/2012
  Q: I received a mineral lease offer from Lowry Land (representing Chesapeake Exploration LLC) on land ...
  A: $1000/acre? Sounds pretty good to me for this area, but it's probably because there have been at ...
Divide County ND Activity4/22/2012
  Q: I have 320 mineral acres located in Township 163, Range 103, Section 11. It appears on the "find my ...
  A: I sold some mineral rights in your same township a few months ago for over $2000/acre for a family ...
leasing4/12/2012
  Q: Mick, We are interested in leasing 60+ acres in southern Erie County,Pa. We are looking to compare ...
  A: Not too familiar with Erie County, PA, but you might find my <a ...
Ownership of Spraberry Driver3/30/2012
  Q: My grandfather passed down ownership in Spraberry Driver Property. On the monthly interest checks, ...
  A: The royalty check stubs will not directly specify how many acres they are paying you on, but if you ...
WELLS MINERAL RIGHTS3/29/2012
  Q: My grandmother who is now passed has 90 wells in Vandt Zandt County. Everyone is passed except for ...
  A: If she had no will you'll still need to get her estate probated in order for title to vest in her ...
selling working interests3/28/2012
  Q: My father got a call very recently to sell his 100 percent working interest mineral rights (78.125 ...
  A: Short answer: Have an oil and gas attorney look over this proposal. Also, if they are bothering to ...
Oil and Gas Transfer Order3/9/2012
  Q: My Father died a year ago. He had some mineral rights that were originally his Mother's. When she ...
  A: See an attorney about getting your dad's estate probated. He or she could also help with the ...
breaking an oil and gas lease2/28/2012
  Q: When we purchased our property 20 years ago, there were mineral rights that went along with the ...
  A: You will not be able to break the lease (it goes with the mineral rights) unless they are not ...
selling part of property with oil wells2/27/2012
  Q: I own 40 acres of farmland southwest of San Antonio. There are 12 producing oil wells on the ...
  A: I think you'll be selling 25% of your royalty from all 12 wells. Depends on the well spacing. All 40 ...
Questions concerning Shelby County Land2/23/2012
  Q: I'm an heir to almost 13 acres of land in Center Texas. I live in Houston, Texas and I hardly ever ...
  A: I am not in the area (I'm in Oklahoma) but can tell you that the SE portion of Shelby County is ...
Intent to drill Alfalfa County1/30/2012
  Q: I own mineral rights in land located in section 19, township 28 north, range 10 west Alfalfa County ...
  A: Continental applied for a Location Exception (#201-105742) in Section 19. The hearing was January 3. ...
Landowner access bonus1/19/2012
  Q: Is there a guide to (i) the process and (ii) the amount for compensation to a landowner for access ...
  A: You might want to read my <a ...
Oil Lease1/14/2012
  Q: I have been offered a Paid Up Oil Lease. The offer is for $275/acre for a 4 year period with a 19% ...
  A: The bonus is usually paid all at once, and is a one-time payment normally. The bonus is paid once ...
Oil and Gas Leases1/11/2012
  Q: A lessee put three sections of property on one oil & gas contract. This involved two counties in ...
  A: I assume you're talking about a lease? It's legal to put more than one section on a lease, though ...
Offer12/31/2011
  Q: First, I'd like to thank you and the others for the wealth of information you're passing along so ...
  A: I doubt the first offer is the best they'll do. Chesapeake has been leasing in there pretty heavily ...
Oklahoma Mineral Interest12/29/2011
  Q: My brother and I own property (120 acres) in Washita County Oklahoma, Section 27 of 10-18 and (7.5 ...
  A: Chesapeake was the major buyer of leases in your section back in 2008, but no one seems to be ...
subordination of lien12/15/2011
  Q: What happens to the royalty payment if the bank has a lien on the property and refuses to sign a ...
  A: The bank may do nothing to "hold" the royalty payment, but you wouldn't be able to sell the mineral ...
Mineral Value12/10/2011
  Q: "We own minerals in Washita County Oklahoma Sections 5-6, Township 9N, Range 20 and was wondering ...
  A: Most banks will not lend money on mineral rights. You'd get a much better value by selling some of ...
non-producing gas wells on our property12/6/2011
  Q: We live on a ranch in Cleburne, Texas, own 100% of our minerals rights. We have a lease with ...
  A: As long as the lease is capable of producing in paying quantities, it's unlikely you'll be able to ...
Gas & Oil lease rents & royalties12/5/2011
  Q: My father-in-law passed away in October 2011. I found he had signed G&O lease in 2008 for ...
  A: Not familiar with lease bonus amounts in Mercer County ND, but if someone wants to lease it once the ...
mineral rights11/22/2011
  Q: Last week I was contacted by a genealogist hired by a company to locate me, it seems I share in the ...
  A: Once the landman contacts you he will likely ask you to lease your mineral rights to him or his ...
Statement of Mineral claims who can file them11/21/2011
  Q: My father has mineral right by filing a statement of claim on his mother land as the son of the heir ...
  A: You'd have to run the chain of title to see if your father was actually entitled to this interest ...
Inherited Deeds in Montana11/20/2011
  Q: I'm hoping you can provide me with some advice and direction. My farther in Law has inherited 2 ...
  A: A "mineral deed" is a deed for subsurface (rather than surface) mineral rights in most cases. A ...
Oil and gas lease renewal11/18/2011
  Q: I am the lessor on an oil and gas lease in Kansas. The primary term of the lease was 3 years with an ...
  A: If you accepted the payment, then they are likely right, they may owe you more, but the underpayment ...
Oil and gas lease proposal11/17/2011
  Q: We received a lease proposal from Conerstone Natural resources LLC for oil and gas mineral rights in ...
  A: Negotiating the lease terms in an oil and gas lease is much like negotiating any other contract. ...
Contact Gas Co or Wait11/9/2011
  Q: My family owns 62 acres in Bradford County PA. There currently is no lease on the property. We are ...
  A: If you haven't been contacted, it's likely no one is interested in leasing your rights at this time. ...
royalty withholding11/5/2011
  Q: Chesapeak gas company is witholding our royalty payment because they changed the unit size twice. ...
  A: If they changed the unit size to a smaller unit (which they can do with state approval) then it's ...
Offer For Working Interest10/30/2011
  Q: I am the Successor Trustee of a Family Trust that owns a 1/16 of 7/8 working interest in all leases ...
  A: A working interest is usually valued on a multiple of the monthly net income received, and is ...
Mineral Rights10/27/2011
  Q: The other day a man contacted my family and myself about some mineral rights which we knew nothing ...
  A: Sounds like the guy was offering to lease, rather than buy your mineral rights, at least initially. ...
Oil and Gas Leases10/23/2011
  Q: I was just notified by Gateway Land Serivices on behalf of Chesapeake Exploration L.L.C that they ...
  A: There is always a risk, but trust me, neither Chesapeake, nor any other company aims to poison your ...
Title Verification in Oklahoma10/13/2011
  Q: You and I have talked before and I listed my minerals on your site for a while. I hope you can help ...
  A: Lessee's sometimes only do only a "cursory" title search prior to leasing, and then a more ...
oil & gas royalties10/9/2011
  Q: I OWN SOME MINERAL RIGHTS FOR SECT. 23 TOWNSHIP 16 NORTH, RANGE 22 WEST ROGER MILLS COUNTY, OK.. I ...
  A: That section was force-pooled for $2000 and 3/16 royalty in June. If you were pooled, you will be ...
Dawson County, MT Mineral Lease Offer10/6/2011
  Q: MT. An Oil & Gas Company has sent them a lease offer. The Oil & Gas Company is looking at Township ...
  A: The only evidence of leasing I have access to is the government leases, and they have been getting ...
Washita Co., OK, Section 10-10N-16W9/29/2011
  Q: Scott: My elderly parents own the mineral rights to 80 acres in Washita County, Oklahoma, Section ...
  A: 1. I wouldn't say you "blew it" by not accepting the offer, and they may have only been "fishing" ...
Valuation of Mineral Rights for Tax Purposes9/20/2011
  Q: Mineral rights were placed in Trust in 1971. Trust was set to expire in 1981, but nothing was done ...
  A: If they are (or were) non-producing and not leased you'll need to get someone to appraise them who ...
oil,gas,gas and mineral lease9/19/2011
  Q: My siblings and I have received a request to grant a lease on property from my dad's estate.We know ...
  A: Not exactly sure where this is so can't comment on the lease bonus being fair or not but it doesn't ...
Roger Mills County, OK Sec 14-15N-24W9/15/2011
  Q: I am receiving numerous leasing solicitations on this property. I know absolutely nothing about oil ...
  A: To find out how much acreage you own the simplest thing to do would be to ask the potential lessee, ...
Gas and oil leases in Logan County, AR9/13/2011
  Q: My brothers and sister and I have inherited 3 pieces of property in Logan County, AR -two are ...
  A: There is not much at all going on in your area currently other than some leasing last year by Sonar ...
Dewey County, OK Lease Offer8/30/2011
  Q: I have small acreage, 3 net acres, Dewey County, OK, SE1/4 of Section 3, Township 16 N, Range 17 ...
  A: Lots of recent leasing in this immediate area so no wonder you received an offer to top lease. If ...
Unitization/Horizonatal Drilling8/9/2011
  Q: Mr.Scott, Thank you for posting such educational answers. I have learned a great deal by reading ...
  A: The Unitization Agreement would have been filed with the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, and likely ...
Proposed oil lease7/29/2011
  Q: Mr. Scott, I have a proposed lease in my possession for a 5 year lease on property in Lincoln ...
  A: I'm unfortunately not that familiar with the private lease bonus amounts in your area, though I can ...
Mineral acres & hiring someone to research right7/25/2011
  Q: In doing research for an elderly aunt who has dementia and who owns mineral rights in townships in ...
  A: While it may be true that your aunt only owns 10 (or 20) net mineral acres within a 160-tract (the ...
Mineral Rights in Bryan County, OK7/22/2011
  Q: Scott, I’ve been looking at your website and also reading some of your responses to folks who have ...
  A: Township 6S-7E (a six square mile area) is in the middle of all the current leasing activity in ...
Oil and Gas lease7/11/2011
  Q: I have been approached by Yale Oil pay $350 per acre for a 3yr lease on Southwest ¼ of Section 9, ...
  A: Sorry it took a few days to get back to you. I've been out of town. I did check on your situation ...
family held mineral rights Dewey county,Ok.7/10/2011
  Q: Mr. Scott, My great grandfather bought land in Oklahoma at the time it was publicly offered.My ...
  A: My first "advice" would be to do what you're already attempting to do; learn about what you've ...
Alfalfa County/Horizontal Drilling7/8/2011
  Q: I have appreciated reading your posts, and have learned a great deal. My family owns several ...
  A: It is actually fairly common these days for companies (in certain areas) to go back in and drill ...
Gas Royalty MCF vs. Cubic Feet6/23/2011
  Q: ... So here is the question...I have a NPR in 3 wells, the 3 wells combined are producing about ...
  A: Multiply the decimal interest by the gross revenue (or value) shown on your check stubs each month ...
Oil & Gas Lease-Carter County6/13/2011
  Q: I own the mineral rights to 13.33 net acres in SW/4 of Section 4, Township 5 South, Range 3 East in ...
  A: $550/acre sounds fair for this area. It might be a good idea to get an oil and gas attorney to look ...
Mineral (oil/gas) Lease OK6/10/2011
  Q: I have been contacted by a land resources company regarding a 3yr lease of oil/gas/mineral rights I ...
  A: It appears Sandridge Exploration might be considering a well in the section directly south of yours. ...
Mineral rights lease6/5/2011
  Q: I received an offer to lease my mineral rights for $300.00 per acre for 3 years and a 3/16th royalty ...
  A: I think you should ask for at least $350/acre. Chesapeake (the company that Superior is likely ...
Oil & Gas Leases6/3/2011
  Q: I recently inherited a farm with mineral rights in Washita county TN8, R16W. I remember my dad ...
  A: One way to find information on your dad's lease would be to take a trip to the Washita County ...
We've leased; what's next?6/2/2011
  Q: We have three properties in OK and two in Texas that we signed new 3 year leases for in the last six ...
  A: The lessee will not usually contact you as to the status of your lease, though it's not improper to ...
Oil and Gas Lease4/29/2011
  Q: Just read a previous post from "Rick" (posted on 1/8/2010) which details a similar situation that my ...
  A: If the probate/will had a "residual clause" that covered property not specifically mentioned in the ...
Calculate Fractional Interest Given Net Acreage? 4/28/2011
  Q: I was awarded 56.695% interest in a 1/16 of the N/2 of a 640ac tract. I know this amounts 11.339 net ...
  A: 11.339/320 = .03543, which in percentage format is 3.543%. 3.543% is the percentage of the N/2 that ...
oil lease in North Dakota and producing well4/27/2011
  Q: I inherited mineral rights in two sections of Williams county in North Dakota (3 acres). They are: ...
  A: Did your predecessor in interest sign a lease with a "depth clause" for the Olson 15-36H? If so, ...
oil &gas lease4/7/2011
  Q: We received an oil & gas lease offering $100 per acre in Jefferson County, OK, SE/4 NE/4 and NE/4 ...
  A: Not much going on in this area, though it is on top of an old oil field. I assume they are trying to ...
Oil & gas lease3/21/2011
  Q: I own mineral right in the following areas in Bryan county Oklahoma. 38 net acres in Section 2, T7S, ...
  A: There's a lot of new leasing activity going on in Bryan County this year. RD Williams, a land ...
Dewey County, Oklahoma Offer to Buy3/18/2011
  Q: My Mother recently received an offer to purchase her mineral rights in Dewey County, Oklahoma ...
  A: A sale to FerrellOil would not affect your mom's lease, though of course once she sold she would not ...
Montana Royalty Deed Vs. Mineral Deed3/17/2011
  Q: and thank you in advance for donating your time and expertise to this site. My mineral rights are ...
  A: I always tell people to look at the language IN the deed to determine what "type" of deed it is, ...
Post production expenses3/17/2011
  Q: I inherited a percentage of the mineral rights on some property. I signed a lease and a few years ...
  A: Probably not deductible, because you are only taxed on your net income, however I'd double check ...
Mineral rights3/15/2011
  Q: My Father passed away 12 years ago and recently someone contacted a member of my family asking about ...
  A: Are you sure they were seeking to purchase the mineral rights? Perhaps they were just wanting to ...
Oil & Gas Lease, Converse County Wyoming2/23/2011
  Q: Mr. Scott, I have recently been approached by a Cheyenne, Wyoming, energy land services company to ...
  A: I'm not as familiar with what the going rates are in Wyoming as I am in other states, but I can at ...
Preservation of Beauty, View, and Privacy2/21/2011
  Q: I've recently been contacted by a company that secures leases for Calyx. I own part of the minerals ...
  A: It's true that you can't "prevent" them from drilling, and if you do not lease to them they will ...
Wells in 22-11N-17W Evaluation2/11/2011
  Q: i have royalty on wells in 1-22h and 2-22h wondering if you could tell me the future on these wells ...
  A: You've got two pretty good wells there right now it looks like, though I only have production ...
What do Lease Terms Mean? 2/7/2011
  Q: I received a letter from a company in Oklahoma City representing Chesapeake Exploration with an ...
  A: "19-1N-3W" is short for Section 19, Township 1 North, Range 13 West of the Indian Meridian. The ...
Value of Mineral Rights in Oklahoma2/6/2011
  Q: Recently sold mineral rights that were inherited in March 2006. Am trying to find cost basis ...
  A: 23-11N-23W is of course where Apache's magnificent Thetford 4-23H was recently completed, and I ...
curing title as heirs to ND mineral rights2/4/2011
  Q: Sir, My extended family of 7 inherited 5 acres of mineral rights located in McKenzie Co. ND. ...
  A: It's likely the company has deposited the royalty payments that may be due your family into a ...
Oil, Gas, Mineral Rights2/3/2011
  Q: We have just been contacted by someone who wants to buy the oil and mineral rights of a small parcel ...
  A: Check around before agreeing to sell at that price would be my first thought. Since you didn't ...
leasing terms and prices in marshall county, oklahoma1/12/2011
  Q: Myself and other family members appear to be inheriting some oil and gas minerals from some deceased ...
  A: I checked the recent leasing activity in Marshall County, Oklahoma with a couple of sources. ...
work in gas fields of PA1/11/2011
  Q: Frederick: I have a forestry consulting business in PA which is floundering after 15 years. I have ...
  A: Steve, I doubt anyone on the drill site would be able to hire you for site reclamation, but if you ...
Fair Value1/9/2011
  Q: I'm hoping that you can help me with the current market value for oil and gas leases as well as the ...
  A: In 9N-16W I'd ask for between $1500/acre and $2500/acre, 3/16, and three years for a lease. To sell? ...
sell mineral rightsat fair value1/5/2011
  Q: I own 6.45 mineral acres in the JA Chireno A17 area in Nacogdoches Texas which I am interested in ...
  A: With "only" 6.45 acres to sell, I'd suggest you sell at least five of them. Most buyers will want at ...
Deed Question1/3/2011
  Q: Frederick, I don't know if I asked you this before, but when we bought our property back in 1993 in ...
  A: I can direct you to my website for some information on PENNSYLVANIA reservations of this nature, ...
Royalty Owner Information12/17/2010
  Q: Is there a way to verify the royalty interest of an individual in Converse County Wyoming?
  A: The deed granting the individual the royalty interest should be filed of record in the county ...
Claiming Abandoned Mineral Rights in North Dakota12/16/2010
  Q: My siblings and I inherited mineral rights in ND 20 years ago. Now the land owners want it claimed ...
  A: An attorney can help you with drafting and recording the statement of claim in North Dakota, and ...
Who has the drilling rights under my land? 12/15/2010
  Q: I recentl purchased a house on Plantation E.,Burleson, Jounson County, Texas. I purchased the ...
  A: If the mineral rights are not currently leased then YOU are the owner of the drilling rights, and as ...
Oil and Gas lease terms12/14/2010
  Q: We recently received Oil and Gas Lease documents for our family ranch in Montana with terms: -5 year ...
  A: The five-year portion is called the "primary term." When the primary term expires, your lease will ...
Oil and Gas Lease in Payne County12/5/2010
  Q: I was just contacted by Calyx to lease some land that my sisters and I inherited from our ...
  A: 1. Whether it's fair or not (and I don't know for sure) they are the only company leasing in this ...
Offer to purchase in Beckham County12/3/2010
  Q: Recently recieved an offer to purchase minerals in Beckham County, Oklahoma. The offer was $4,000 ...
  A: I live in Beckham County, and am pretty familiar with the goings on in this part of western ...
Activity in Stark County, ND12/1/2010
  Q: Back on 6-24-2010, you answered a question in which you included a leasing activity map for Stark ...
  A: Easily done. This map shows leasing activity from July 6 until November 2 of 2010. This is the most ...
Payne County, OK11/30/2010
  Q: My father recently passed and we (siblings) have obtained his mineral rights on some property in ...
  A: Calyx Energy is drilling to the Mississippian formation in recent spacing and location exception ...
oil and gas lease history11/21/2010
  Q: My husband's family recently received letters and phone calls Re: a company to eventually negotiate ...
  A: It's probably just an affidavit of heirship they are asking them to sign. No big deal. They are just ...
Oil and Gas Royalty11/20/2010
  Q: I have found a deed of royalty that my husbands mother had in her papers. It is in her name and 2 of ...
  A: There isn't much going on in Garfield County, MT as far as I can tell. I doubt mineral rights there ...
Production checks11/12/2010
  Q: How long does the oil companies have after being notified that they are sending you production ...
  A: I once waited about nine months to get a division order on a new well, and it was a month after that ...
Marcellus Gas Rights Lease/Sale11/4/2010
  Q: Hey there. I own 60 acres in Southwestern PA near the border with WV. Folks in my area were ...
  A: Well first off, congratulation for not leasing for $5 a few years ago. Lease prices are quite a bit ...
oil & gas royalties11/3/2010
  Q: My grandmother passed nearly 10 yrs ago and her royalties from a oil well is being suspended because ...
  A: In order to get her money out of suspense, you'll ultimately need to do whatever the company (or ...
oil/gas lease in Washita co. OK11/2/2010
  Q: Is $1000/acre, 3 years, 3/16 royalty a fair deal for mineral lease at location: Section 16-10N-19W, ...
  A: Chesapeake seems to be the only one leasing in your section, though there are several other ...
Pennsylvania Unleased Mineral Owner11/1/2010
  Q: I am a landowner of 178 acres in Braford County Pa. The former property had a clause in the deal ...
  A: If the well is drilled under Pennsylvania's conservation laws, and you do not sign a lease for your ...
Selling Mineral Rights10/21/2010
  Q: I have 7.12 acres that the lease just expired on. They are in McKenzie county in North Dakota in ...
  A: 1. You can sell just your portion or fractional share of what the family owns. 2. I'd always get ...
how far10/20/2010
  Q: I've heard that the oil activity will never get as far east along highway 2 as Berthold...is that ...
  A: Unlikely they will renegotiate with you on the extension, and they don't need your signature or ...
How to Contact a Lessee to Lease Minerals10/4/2010
  Q: My close friend owns oil and mineral rights in Springfield, Co, wants to lease them but lacks the ...
  A: You can check the county courthouse records for leases that have been filed by oil companies in the ...
Landowner Rights When Oil Company Wants to Drill9/30/2010
  Q: Sir, I'm an active duty Marine with three tours to Iraq and about to do a fourth to afghanistan. ...
  A: Oil companies usually try to reach agreements with the surface owner, even if the surface owner ...
Researching ownership without knowledge of location9/29/2010
  Q: My aunt owns mineral rights in some states but suffers from dementia and cannot remember where. (We ...
  A: If you know the county or counties where she likely owns minerals you can probably check the ...
mineral rights sale in Dewey County OK9/25/2010
  Q: I have been contacted by Ferrell Oil with an offer to by my 40 mineral acres which is under 3/16 ...
  A: Ferrell has been doing a lot of buying up in Dewey County this year it seems. 16N-14W is one of the ...
Mountrail County, ND9/24/2010
  Q: My mother received an offer from Copperhead Corp to lease her mineral rights to 6.5 acres in Section ...
  A: I just recommended sending the draft AND the lease through your bank in order to prevent the lessee ...
Mineral Rights9/23/2010
  Q: My mother inherited "mineral rights" in Montrail County North Dakota. What are mineral rights? and ...
  A: Mineral rights, in your mother's case, are the rights to the oil and gas and other "subsurface" ...
oil &gas lease/ mineral rights9/19/2010
  Q: I purchased land on a foreclosure thought the bank, the previous owner lease the oil and gas rights. ...
  A: If you bought the land AND the minerals from the bank, then you would be the beneficiary of the oil ...
Dewey County mineral rights9/18/2010
  Q: I received a letter from Ferrell Oil Co., L.L.C. offering to buy mineral rights in Section 23, ...
  A: You could of course ask Ferrell, as they apparently think you own some. Alternatively you could ...
Anadarko Woodford Lease Prices9/3/2010
  Q: My sisters and I own almost 60 acres of mineral rights in Dewey County, Oklahoma, in Sections 19 & ...
  A: Production info will usually be available around six months after a well is completed. An operator ...
Lease offer8/31/2010
  Q: We own 75 acres of mineral, mol in Sec. 5-T6N-R24E Laflore Co., OK. We recently received a 3-year ...
  A: No leases have been filed yet for this area so this tells me that any leasing activity there is ...
shut in wells in custer co., ok & activity in washita co., ok8/30/2010
  Q: (1) I have mineral interest in 19-12n-16w in Custer County, Ok. There were 2 producing wells on the ...
  A: The Meacham 2-19 operated by NBI Services, Ind. resumed production in January of this year, as did ...
How to know what fair market value is for oil lease8/25/2010
  Q: What is the best way to find out what the true value of leasing land for oil rights is in North ...
  A: Valuing mineral rights for leasing is similar in many ways to valuing them for selling. The market ...
Fair offer for Mountrail ND Gas/Oil lease?8/21/2010
  Q: I have received an oil and gas lease for mineral rights in Mountrail County, North Dakota. I've ...
  A: I'm not familiar with that area so would do the same research you've already done in order to find ...
North Dakota Leasing Question8/17/2010
  Q: I own mineral rights with family members on the same piece of property in North Dakota (I own the ...
  A: You can sign with whomever you please. You do not have to sign with the same company as the family ...
Can I cancel a signed top-lease8/15/2010
  Q: I recently signed an oil and gas lease that will become effective 9/19/2010 after the current lease ...
  A: To answer your question as to whether you can cancel, in this case the answer is probably "no." Once ...
oil and gas lease Duchesne Co. UT8/13/2010
  Q: I own 75 acres out at the SE/4 NW/4 Section 34, 3S-4W, Duchesne Co. UT. Known as Rocky Point ...
  A: I really don't know much about Utah activity, but didn't want to reject your question entirely so ...
Leasing Activity Washita County Oklahoma Sec 11-T8N-417W8/12/2010
  Q: A lease on this property expires this month of which I have 30 acres mineral rights. Is there any ...
  A: I assume you meant 8N-17W, not 417W. There is very little leasing activity currently in that whole ...
Oil & Gas Mineral Rights7/28/2010
  Q: We have recently been approached by Ferrell Oil Co LLC to sell mineral rights on 160 acres (all of ...
  A: Harold, I pulled your question off the "pool" of questions rejected by other experts for one ...
Mineral Rights7/24/2010
  Q: My mother, now deceased, was one of 8 heirs to some mineral rights over 160 acres in Converse ...
  A: The fact that they're apparently wanting to re-lease some of the heirs before their current lease ...
Oil and Gas Paid-up Lease7/15/2010
  Q: I am mineral right's owner of E/2 of Sec. 15, T20N, R04E (22.4 acres) in Payne County, OK. About 3 ...
  A: With 22 acres, and in an area without too much current drilling activity, I'd say it's not worth an ...
Mineral deed Mckenzie Cty North Dakota7/14/2010
  Q: My family has two mineral deeds in township 152 range 96w section 5. I've been told that they are ...
  A: How old are the mineral deeds? If mineral rights are not "utilized" for a period of 20 years by the ...
lease offer, Bottineau CO. ND7/13/2010
  Q: Scott - Had an offer to lease 41 net min acres in Bottineau Co. Twp 162 N, R 75 W. Term 5 yrs, ...
  A: It is a pretty unexplored area. I agree that a 3+2 lease and 3/16 or so royalty might be a good ...
ND Mineral rights lease offer Royalities7/11/2010
  Q: So I received a lease agreement from a resource company. My family owns the mineral rights to 160 ...
  A: Sherri, you can't expect to get what the government got for its minerals, though I do think those ...
PA Lease Problems6/25/2010
  Q: I own about 16.5 acres in S.W. Pennsylvania which has become a Marcellus Shale hot bed. In very ...
  A: Unless your lease with the first company specifically required the company to drill during the ...
North Dakota OGL Offer6/24/2010
  Q: I was recently solicited for oil and gas leases in Stark County 40 acres Township 137 North Range 96 ...
  A: I'm not that familiar with lease bonus rates in this area, but I can guess they wouldn't be very ...
Oil and gas lease6/8/2010
  Q: My wife was offered a $200/acre bonus, 3/16 royalty, 3 year lease to lease her mineral rights in ...
  A: $250 is probably about the going rate in the township for private leases, if not a little better. ...
Permits and spud dates6/2/2010
  Q: Scott I have a quick question, do you know where I would be able to obtain the average time between ...
  A: In North Dakota, drilling permits expire after one year unless renewed by the applicant. Expiration ...
Sam W Australia6/1/2010
  Q: I was reading an article from 4/09 it caught my interest because I also have rights to The same ...
  A: We are not provided with the questioner's email addresses so I can not provide you with Sam's ...
Missaukee County, Michigan Leasing5/29/2010
  Q: Mick, Thanks for taking my question. We own 160 "severed" mineral rights acres in Missaukee county, ...
  A: As you probably know, most of the current activity in your part of Michigan is to the north in ...
Ellis County Lease Offer5/10/2010
  Q: According to the paperwork, N/2NE/4, Section 18, Township 19 North, Range 22 West, 80 acres. Ellis ...
  A: It probably is an undivided interest, which means simply that you and your three sisters share ...
An ORI in Uintah County, UT4/28/2010
  Q: I inherited some items passed down from my Great Grandfather, one of which is an ORI on a US Oil and ...
  A: There is no current production for the legal descriptions you provided. "T" is short for "Township" ...
Sell or Lease?4/25/2010
  Q: I'm writing to inquiry about property located at Section 20, T09North, R18West Washita County, ...
  A: Jodie, there has been a "tad" of recent leasing activity in one of the surrounding sections (Section ...
Bryan County, OK4/21/2010
  Q: Frederick, We are dealing with R.D. Williams in reagards to some leases in Bryan County which is in ...
  A: Section 26 was force-pooled for $400 per acre in August of 2008. A pretty nice oil well (5000 ...
Question about whether natural gas is legally considered a mineral in the state of Pennsylvania4/18/2010
  Q: I've just discovered that my grandparents retained the rights to "oil, coal and other minerals" when ...
  A: Based on the phrase "oil, coal and other minerals" it would also be my opinion that your ...
Inherited Minerals Confirmation4/17/2010
  Q: I recently found a letter indicating my mother owned 3/16 interest in a oil and gas leas on some ...
  A: If your mother owns minerals in 14-17N-1E, the documents proving it would likely be filed in the ...
Lessee Communication4/15/2010
  Q: Scott My Husband leased minerals rights to an oil company last year and we have not heard back from ...
  A: Though it is frustrating, especially for out-of-state owners, it is not common for the lessee to ...
Lease offer for oil and gas4/12/2010
  Q: We received an offer from Contex Energy Company based out of Dickinson, ND. Here is a brief of the ...
  A: Your minerals seem to be in an area where there's not much current activity at all. No permits, no ...
Payne County, OK Lease Offer4/9/2010
  Q: Mr. Scott, you recently responded to my brother Bruce inquiry about a renewal lease offer he and I ...
  A: Bob, you can view any lease that has been filed by going to the county courthouse. You can make a ...
Gas Lease4/9/2010
  Q: Ten years ago, we signed on with East Resources for $2.00 an acre on 187 acre farm in Bradford ...
  A: I don't believe that Pennsylvania has a statutory Pugh Clause, so you're out of luck there probably, ...
Limited Time Rights Purchase4/5/2010
  Q: I have 69 acres in Beckham County (20-11N-22W) that are currently in the first year of a five year ...
  A: "Term" royalty or mineral deeds are actually not that uncommon. There's a lot of those offers going ...
Sample Mineral Deed4/3/2010
  Q: Mr. Scott, I want to buy oil/gas rights from my neighbor who wants to sell, and his rights are ...
  A: I am not an attorney and so cannot draft legal documents except on my own deals. However, there are ...
Oil and gas lease4/1/2010
  Q: I was told from a representative of an oil company that my owner decimal interest on my lease has ...
  A: You need to find out how many acres you own in the unit. The lessee should be able to tell you this. ...
offer to purchase mineral rights3/23/2010
  Q: I have been offered from a gas and oil company the purchase of all my mineral rights in Texas. ...
  A: The best way to "verify" what your mineral rights are worth in today's market is to get offers from ...
Oil/Mineral Lease3/22/2010
  Q: My brother and I were recently contacted by Pacer Energy LLC on behalf of Marathon Oil Co. informing ...
  A: You might try the NARO message boards for an attorney, or tips from other mineral owners in the ...
Heirship Question3/21/2010
  Q: When the Lessor is husband and wife jointly, and when both die, does the lease nd royalties ...
  A: Not automatically. It depends on whether they have a will or not. If there's no will directing how ...
Dewey Co. OK lease offer3/13/2010
  Q: I received an offer from Gateway Land Services of Ok.City to lease 12.9833 net mineral acres in ...
  A: There is probably more than one "Gateway" and I really don't think the Gateway that contacted you is ...
Lease non payment3/12/2010
  Q: My sister and I approximately 2 1/2 years ago signed a oil and gas lease on 100 acres in West ...
  A: I'd say you have a case. You may have to prove that you weren't paid to the current lessee, who ...
Top Lease Bonus3/10/2010
  Q: I received a proposal for a Top Lease on property I own that's currently under lease to another ...
  A: It is typical, and no, it would not be practical to insist on 100% of the bonus up front. Your ...
$5000/per acre Beckham County OK3/9/2010
  Q: Section 3-11N-R21W Beckham County, Oklahoma. I own approx 40 acres of mineral acres in the above ...
  A: Interesting. I've actually not seen an offer from an oil company offering to both lease the minerals ...
Fairness of Lease Offer3/7/2010
  Q: The 640 acres of land is in Williams County ND. Description is Township 158 North Range 103 West ...
  A: 1. You presume incorrectly in the first part of your question. A well can be drilled without all ...
Lease Extension Offer3/6/2010
  Q: In Dewey County, Oklahoma section 9,16,17,20,and 28 of 16N-14W I own mineral rights that are ...
  A: Not a bad deal in my opinion. The fact that they want a lease extension nearly a year before your ...
Top Lease Offer in Dewey County, OK: 2-17N-15W3/2/2010
  Q: I recently received a letter from Ferrell Oil Co. They are located in Oklahoma City Ok. They want to ...
  A: Your legal description is missing the "Township" (the number between the T and the N) but I can tell ...
Surface Use Issues2/26/2010
  Q: Each member of my family owns an undivided 1/5 interest of the oil rights located in section 29 (80 ...
  A: Hyrum, as you may or may not know, the mineral estate is still considered the "dominant" estate, ...
Washita County, OK Offer2/25/2010
  Q: I own mineral rights in Washita county OK. We inherited them from relatives several years ago. They ...
  A: Jon, I think a minimum of $600/acre and 3/16 royalty would be in order for this area, though it ...
Whether to participate in drilling or sell2/24/2010
  Q: An OK company requests I select: 1) participate with my interest in drilling of a test well and ...
  A: Tia, companies commonly include AFE's in their lease offers. They are not necessarily trying to ...
Divide County, ND Lease2/22/2010
  Q: I own 25 mineral acres in Divide County, North Dakota. Recently I was contacted by a land manager to ...
  A: Lyle, the state and federal government have a LOT more minerals, and thus bargaining power than most ...
Value of mineral rights at timeof inheritance2/20/2010
  Q: I am working on my 2009 taxes. My husband sold his mineral rights in Blaine County, Oklahoma in ...
  A: Your best bet for an accurate valuation would be to contact a mineral appraiser I would think, since ...
Leases in Reeves and Montgomery Counties, TX2/19/2010
  Q: Sir we have two pieces of land that we have leased the mineral rights out and we have not heard ...
  A: It's not uncommon for lessors (the mineral owners) to not know when or if their lessee plans to ...
Tarrant County, TX1/18/2010
  Q: We own mineral rights for some acreage in Tarrant and Brewster Counties, both in TX. These mineral ...
  A: Lori, If you have the original deeds, the locations should be listed on the deeds, in the form of a ...
Carter County, OK1/13/2010
  Q: My grandmother passes away almost4 years ago. Thanksgiving 2009 I found out that RD Williams want to ...
  A: You could start by filing an affidavit of heirship in Texas and having copies filed in Oklahoma. It ...
Section 12 of producer 88 lease1/12/2010
  Q: I need some advice pertaining to Section 12 of the "Producer 88" oil and gas lease dealing with ...
  A: There really is no standard "Producer's 88" lease, so a paragraph 12 on one lease is not necessarily ...
Mineral Deeds and Future Foreclosures1/11/2010
  Q: Mr. Scott, I am buying up mineral and royalty deeds in Louisiana. If i buy a mineral/royalty deed ...
  A: In Louisiana, as you probably know, mineral rights are classified as a "servitude" which, if not ...
13-08N-19W Washita County, OK Lease Offer1/9/2010
  Q: Mick, First off, thanks for the valuable information/advice that you provide. It’s clear to me ...
  A: The fact that they want to extend it before it even expires may mean they plan to drill a well ...
Inherited mineral rights1/7/2010
  Q: I recently found out from an energy company that my wife inherited mineral rights in Mountrail ...
  A: Paul, they are telling you that they think your wife owns 8.99 mineral acres of a 320-acre tract ...
ND Participation Penalty1/6/2010
  Q: My wife and her family are heirs to 20 acres worth of mineral rights in Divide county North Dakota. ...
  A: I would not bother opposing the risk penalty at the hearing. 50% is not a very big penalty for one ...
Purchasing 50% Interest in Oil Well1/5/2010
  Q: I'm interested in purchasing 50% working interest in an oil well in Carter County, Oklahoma, and I ...
  A: Tim, the fact that this well is not currently producing worries me. How much are you paying for this ...
Royalty1/3/2010
  Q: If you have more then one line or leg (I am not sure what the correct term is) coming into/on your ...
  A: The mineral owner will be paid his or her proportionate share of the lease production no matter how ...
Williams County, ND Lease1/2/2010
  Q: Can you tell me anything about oil lease values for Williams County North Dakota: Township 158 ...
  A: Your minerals are definitely in a producing area of the county, though I'm not sure how hot it is ...
Forced Pooling12/11/2009
  Q: How can I find out if any of my leases are in the forced pooling data base. If yes how can I find ...
  A: Jay, check with your state's oil and gas regulatory body. In Oklahoma, it would be the Oklahoma ...
Tarrant County, TX Lease Offer12/10/2009
  Q: My brother and I have been sent contracts and checks by a landman in TX regarding a lease by an OKLA ...
  A: Kathleen, sorry to be a few days in answering. Holidays and all. To answer your questions: 1. The ...
Jefferson County, OK Lease Offer12/8/2009
  Q: My brother and I own the mineral rights to 160 net mineral acres in Jefferson County, OK. SW/4 ...
  A: Lawana, $125/acre and 3/16 is about right for the area. There are currently no rigs setting up or ...
When Does a Lease with no Production Expire?12/7/2009
  Q: I own some of the minerals in a quarter of land in Bottineau County, ND, under an October 2008 ...
  A: David, if it comes down to a fight, it would ultimately be up to a court to determine whether your ...
Williams County, ND Lease12/4/2009
  Q: what is the present going rate per acre? township 156 North Range 96 west.i have seen the blm sales ...
  A: Konner, bonus amounts in the most recent BLM lease auction ranged from $600/acre in Section 18 to ...
Lease offer for oil and gas in Mountrail ND12/3/2009
  Q: I have recently inherited some property in Mountrail ND, and have been contacted by a lawyer ...
  A: Chris, short answer is no, $95 per acre does not seem average for the area. It seems pretty darn low ...
O&G lease renewal11/30/2009
  Q: I am a landowner with a 5 year oil and gas lease on 3,000 net mineral acres in Emery County, Utah. ...
  A: David, I'm not familiar with production or leasing bonus amounts in Utah unfortunately, but I've ...
Beckham County, OK Mineral Offer11/27/2009
  Q: We were recently contacted by a land broker by phone concerning property left in our grandmothers ...
  A: Likely the reason you were contacted is because there is a good deal of activity in this area. Often ...
oil lease11/19/2009
  Q: I have mineral rights to 13 acres (1/6 of family's inheritance) in Mountrail County ND. S3 T157N ...
  A: Mike, while I'm not "super familiar" with lease bonus amounts in the area where your minerals are, I ...
Question on Oil, Gas and Coalbed Methane Lease11/18/2009
  Q: we have been presented with a lease to consider which will be for a non-surface, paid-up lease ...
  A: Andrea, likely they will not "rewrite" the lease in "layman's terms" for you. This is not to be ...
Leasing in SE Washita County, OK11/15/2009
  Q: I have 80 acres under lease [ SE Washita County] that expires in Feb 2010. Section 15 What should I ...
  A: Lawrence, you didn't give me a legal description, which I would have preferred, but my guess for SE ...
Fair Market Value of Mineral Interest11/14/2009
  Q: Scott: I am preparing my mother's Inventory, Appraisal and List of Claims for court. She has ...
  A: Robert, I would hire a mineral appraiser if you can find one. Most major oil producing states have ...
Lease Offer Mountrail County, ND11/13/2009
  Q: I just received an offer for an oil lease of mineral rights I did not know I owned (!) in Mountrail ...
  A: Judy, I think your husband, or relative, Mike just asked me this same question recently, so ifyou ...
Reserving Mineral Rights11/11/2009
  Q: In North Dakota Montrail County, If you sell a track of land do the oil and mineral rights ...
  A: In most (if not all) states you must specifically reserve the minerals on the deed if you wish to ...
Oil & Gas Lease in Washita County11/2/2009
  Q: My family and I have been approached by a company that wants to lease the mineral rights for N/2 ...
  A: Marti, I'm really not too familiar with leases in this area these days, though I can tell you that ...
Gaines County, TX Lease Offer9/17/2009
  Q: Frederick, I inheritated a mineral lease (60 acres in Gaines County Tx.) from my mother who passed ...
  A: Ed, with "no experience whatsoever", and owning potentially 60 mineral acres, I would really suggest ...
Washita County, OK Offer9/15/2009
  Q: I was contacted by phone from a broker with Red Sky Land on behalf of Chesapeake Oil. He made a ...
  A: Dennis, Frankly, in that part of Oklahoma these days, it doesn't sound like a horrible offer, but ...
Ratification of lease and authorization of pooling with separate tracts clause9/9/2009
  Q: We have received a Ratification of Oil, Gas and Mineral Lease and authorization of pooling with ...
  A: Mary Ann, I believe they are asking you to sign this because you own a non-participating royalty ...
Downside to waiting for exploration results?9/2/2009
  Q: Mr. Scott: My widowed mother has mineral rights to my father’s family farm, now owned by someone ...
  A: David, most of the recent permitting activity that I was ABLE to find(by far) is several miles south ...
Division Order9/1/2009
  Q: Mr. Scott, first I want to thank you in advance, and if you can help in anyway it would be ...
  A: Billy, as long as the division orders correctly reflect your interest in the wells they pertain to, ...
Reservation of Overriding Royalty in Lease From Life Tenant8/18/2009
  Q: Scott, Here's the scenario: R has a remainder interest in fee simple to a tract of land, subject ...
  A: Gee Wes, this kind of sounds like a test question! I think "A" would get 1/8 of the lessee's gross ...
Pugh Clause8/15/2009
  Q: Mr. Scott, My parents leased out there land some time ago and it has a small producing oil well on ...
  A: Mike, unless North Dakota has a statutory Pugh Clause (many states do) then I'm afraid you're out of ...
Info on gas drilling in Northern PA8/13/2009
  Q: We own a sizable piece of property at the top of a mountain in Northern PA and have been hounded by ...
  A: Kathy, in Oklahoma you can go before the Corporation Commission to protest a pooling, or a drilling ...
Mineral Deed and Probate8/2/2009
  Q: Scott: Here is the present dilemma: A local lawyer in Oklahoma drew up a Mineral Quit Claim Deed ...
  A: Rita, though probate is not required legally, most companies will insist on it if the description in ...
Tangiapahoa Parish Leasing7/21/2009
  Q: Mr. Scott My family has ~140 acres in North Tangiapahoa parish 70444. About 9 months there was lots ...
  A: Nathan, as far as I know, that part of Louisiana is pretty much "dead" right now. NW LA is where the ...
Selling Mineral Rights7/20/2009
  Q: Mr. Scott, My sister and I own some mineral rights in Section 35 and 36, Township 13 North, Range ...
  A: Steven, if Devon has leased these rights from you and your sister, then apparently title is in your ...
"Paid-Up" Oil and gas lease7/5/2009
  Q: I was contacted by a petroleum land service company about leasing mineral rights to land in OK owned ...
  A: Mike, you should have taken the draft to your bank and deposited it for collection from their bank. ...
Cleveland County, OK Lease Offer7/4/2009
  Q: I just received a phone call from a landman with MGH Management, LLC in Edmond, Oklahoma. Mr. W. ...
  A: Sharon, without the "legal description" (which I request all people send me when asking a question) ...
Mineral rights to land in Wyoming County PA6/30/2009
  Q: I have been contacted by the current land owner of property in Wycoming County PA that was ...
  A: Pat, if your relative properly reserved the mineral rights when he conveyed the surface, then the ...
ROW & Royalties6/29/2009
  Q: I purchased my grandparents' property in Bradford County, PA--48.88 acres. 22.57 acres are within a ...
  A: Deb, assuming your documents were sufficient to convince the company that your grandparent's ...
Valuation of Royalty Interests in WY & MT6/24/2009
  Q: I am looking for a resource(s) to provide estate valuations of oil and natural gas royalty interests ...
  A: Tom, best bet is to find a "certified mineral appraiser" though they are few and far between it ...
Oil and Gas Lease questions6/10/2009
  Q: I would so appreciate your expertise on a matter regarding an oil and gas lease on property located ...
  A: Linda, with such a small acreage you really don't have MUCH bargaining power, but as long as there's ...
Gas & Oil Attorney / Pittsburg Cty, OK6/9/2009
  Q: I have inherited gas/oil leases in Pittsburg County, OK, but live in San Antonio, TX. I am having a ...
  A: Judy, I am not an attorney, but I would say that if the decedent lived in Oklahoma at the time of ...
how many acres in an oil well foot print in michigan6/8/2009
  Q: I hope you can help me or send me in the right diretion to get the answer to my question. How many ...
  A: Judy, "spacing units" for oil wells can range from 10 acres to 160 acres or more. Shallow wells have ...
GAS LEASE IN LOGANSPORT, LA6/7/2009
  Q: I signed a gas(mineral) lease 3 yrs ago and it had an opeion for renewal by co for 2 more years.they ...
  A: Althea, sometimes a "bird in the hand is better than two in the bush" as the old saying goes...and ...
Purchase mother's gas royalties6/5/2009
  Q: My sister and I will be purchasing my mother's gas royalties and want to transfer ownership/title. ...
  A: Diane, if you're just purchasing a "royalty interest" rather than the minerals themselves, then no, ...
Leasing Mineral Rights6/3/2009
  Q: There are a couple of oil companies duking it out in my area. I have been approached by Carlysle ...
  A: Vicki, the phrase relating to "as long thereafter" is common to most leases and is no big deal. The ...
Tax liability on sale of mineral leases6/2/2009
  Q: My husband and I own mineral rights on 20 acres in Oklahoma. We live in Texas, though I don't think ...
  A: Jan, I would check with your tax adviser, but it's my opinion that the proceeds would definitely be ...
oil gas mineral lease5/29/2009
  Q: was approached today from an independent contractor title co,he said and he represents munoco ...
  A: Debra, without doing some in-depth research, I really can't speak for that area of Arkansas. ...
Determining Mineral Ownership From Old Deed5/4/2009
  Q: I happened to come across some things of my father's and am wondering how to check them out. He ...
  A: Leonie, though your father at one time appears to have owned some sort of interest in a well in ...
oil and gas lease renegotiation5/3/2009
  Q: I hope you can help, Ok my mother in law signed a lease with a company 2 yeas ago, one year and a ...
  A: Debra, your mother-in-laws heirs are probably out-of-luck as to being able to renegotiate the lease. ...
ratification of oil and gas lease5/1/2009
  Q: I want to purchase a small lot that the owner signed a ratification of oil and gas lease that is ...
  A: Elizabeth, if the owner of the lot also owns the minerals under the lot, and the deed granting you ...
How to get to the bottom of what we own.4/29/2009
  Q: I could probably write a 6 page letter with questions. I am looking through old family documents to ...
  A: Valerie, I agree that it is best to "know what you own." I also realize a lot of folks have no idea ...
No Cost s / Division Orders4/16/2009
  Q: I have just received Division orders for a gas well producing in my pool. I have already found an ...
  A: Rob, Texas statutes are somewhat ambiguous in that on the one hand they say that a division order ...
Seismic survey4/14/2009
  Q: Had seismic survey was done on my property a couple months ago,is there anyway to get the seismic ...
  A: William, the results of seismic surveys are proprietary information unless you have an agreement ...
Gas Properties Title Issue4/13/2009
  Q: I need help with a gas properties title issue. My half sibling and I were given gas royalty shares ...
  A: Mesha, in order to determine if the wells are still producing, or when they stopped producing, and ...
mineral rights in Montrail County, ND4/12/2009
  Q: I have inherited mineral rights from my father and aunt who in turn inherited them from their ...
  A: Christina, I would not sell your minerals to anyone without getting more than one offer; especially ...
North Dakota Lease Offer4/2/2009
  Q: I live in Australia and have found out recently my siblings and I together with other family members ...
  A: Sam, I have heard of the company, but know nothing about them good or bad. It is probably not a ...
Gas lease4/1/2009
  Q: We signed with a gas company before the prices went sky high and like many people feel we got ...
  A: Toni, while you may have gotten "ripped off" it would not be simply because you leased at the then ...
How to Price Minerals for Sale3/29/2009
  Q: I HAVE APPROXIMATELY 600 ACRES IN THE HAYNESVILLE SHALE IN BOSSIER CITY AND SHREVEPORT LA. I HAVE ...
  A: Warren, for the ones that are leased, a rule-of-thumb would be to ask for three times the lease ...
ownership of FLOWERS #1-15,beaver,co,ok3/28/2009
  Q: I inherited a small part in the FLOWERS natural gas production some years ago. In 2000 I received a ...
  A: Blanche, "more detailed" info would indeed have been helpful, especially the "legal description." ...
marcellus shale gas lease3/27/2009
  Q: Range Resource is refusing to pay an up-front amount on our gas lease. They will pay the amount over ...
  A: Harv, my suggestion would be to see an attorney on this matter. I'm assuming they had agreed to pay ...
Forced pooling3/26/2009
  Q: What is forced pooling? How does the gas company get away with forced pooling? Is it fair?
  A: Bill, “Forced Pooling” means that under state law (in states that allow forced-pooling) the oil ...
surface owner rights3/19/2009
  Q: my husband and i along with his sister and her husbamd owns a farm of 70 acres,(inherited by their ...
  A: Brenda, since you agree that you are not the mineral owners, it may help to know that the "mineral ...
Gas lease while purchasing property with land contract3/18/2009
  Q: My wife and I are currently purchasing property with a Land Contract, where the owner holds the deed ...
  A: Keith, if only the land is owned, then neither you nor the current landowner can sign the gas lease ...
Considerations when owning only a percentage of mineral rights3/14/2009
  Q: Due to multiple generations of inheritance, I own percentages in mineral rights (for example, 0.29% ...
  A: Will, if you own any minerals in a proposed drilling unit, then it's always helpful to have these ...
Landman Fee for Lease Negotiation3/10/2009
  Q: I'm in Lewisville Texas. Recently contacted by Cherokee Horn to sign lease. I contacted a friend ...
  A: Brandon, I'm not sure if you meant 5% or .5%. .5% would be hardly anything and so that would be a ...
La Laws and MInerals3/9/2009
  Q: About to go do some research in Louisiana concerning royalty interest for my family. I am of the ...
  A: Kempe; short answer is yes, a royalty interest will "prescribe" (be extinguished) in 10 years, and ...
North Dakota Lease Offer3/8/2009
  Q: I received a letter asking me to sign a lease for some land that I did not know I owned. Apparently ...
  A: Jim, likely it is not a "scam" but I'd attempt to find out the "going rate" for leases in the area ...
Locating Mineral Owners3/7/2009
  Q: I purchased some property about 5 years ago with a home on it. I have a total of 28 acres and on ...
  A: Terry, the most accurate way to find out who owns the minerals under your land would be to visit the ...
Fort Worth, TX Minerals3/6/2009
  Q: I own about 100 acres of mineral producing land in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and was wondering if ...
  A: Joseph, my first thought is to get offers from more than one buyer in order to establish the actual ...
Types of Mineral Interest3/5/2009
  Q: I have a client who has numerous oil rights in various counties/states and we are trying to transfer ...
  A: Maggie, when a lease expires, the rights to produce the minerals revert back to the mineral owner, ...
Obligation to Lease?3/4/2009
  Q: My friends owns 75% of the mineral rights to 160 acres. She had a five year lease expire a few ...
  A: Laura, it's possible that the company was aware of your friend's lease expiration, but chose not to ...
drilling3/3/2009
  Q: My parents have property in PA. They ahve been approached by companies to lease the mineral rights. ...
  A: Linda, it's fairly common up there for attorneys to get groups of people together to negotiate as ...
Intestate Succession1/30/2009
  Q: My grandmother owns mineral rights in Grady Co., Oklahoma. MyMy grandmother had two children, a son ...
  A: Renee, if your grandmother had no will, then her property would pass by the laws of "Intestate ...
General inquiry in regard to minerals1/29/2009
  Q: Good morning: Some weeks ago, I was contacted by a "Land Man", who wanted to broker a deal between ...
  A: Lora, Chesapeake commonly hires landmen to buy leases for them. If he said he or his company had ...
Drilling Horizontally?1/28/2009
  Q: I live in PA and I refuse to lease my property due to lease terms. There is a company that is ...
  A: Greg, if you don't lease but they want to drill anyway, and your minerals are included in the unit ...
Power of Attorney1/27/2009
  Q: My grandmother is dead and my grandmother's power of attorney is still recieving money from my ...
  A: Lura, once your grandmother passed away, the power of attorney expired and is no longer valid. This ...
Out of State probated will1/24/2009
  Q: Scott, Thank you for reviewing my question. My grandfather passed away leaving a probated will in ...
  A: Marton, though the will is valid in Pennsylvania, it must be probated in Oklahoma in order for it to ...
Rights to Free Gas1/23/2009
  Q: I own a parcel of property in Pennsylvania that was subdivided from a farm. My parcel is part of a ...
  A: Scott, if THEIR oil and gas lease states they can receive free gas, and they are the owners of the ...
Oil Lease1/22/2009
  Q: Fredrick, Well I wish I'd known about you sooner. We Signed a 5 yr lease on Our 160 acres of land ...
  A: Bob, as you will note if you read your lease document (which of course should always be read before ...
Renegotiating initial payment intervals1/20/2009
  Q: Our family entered into a contract with a leasing company July 4, 2008. We were to receive payment ...
  A: Susan, many companies are attempting to "renegotiate" bonus payments lately unfortunately. Some of ...
Decimal Interest1/19/2009
  Q: Please help! My husband and I are very confused and do not understand decimal interest. We own 30 ...
  A: Dora, no, the decimal interest will not change. Your decimal interest is based on your proportionate ...
Past Fair Market Value of ORRIs1/18/2009
  Q: I need to find at least 2 separate sources that can provide me with what the Fair Market Value ...
  A: Christena, your best bet would be to locate and hire either a certified petroleum engineer or a ...
avoiding big tax hit on sign on bonus with lease1/16/2009
  Q: Pertaining to a lease for natural gas in WV. Once the order of payment is signed and finalized, is ...
  A: Jade, if you haven't been paid yet, you could ask the lessee to withhold part or all of your payment ...
Forged Notary Invalidates Lease?1/13/2009
  Q: In October 2002 I signed a gas lease with EOG. I and my neighbors were told we would all be in the ...
  A: Victor, if you signed the lease, it is a valid lease whether you signed it in front of a notary or ...
assignment of overriding royalty interest1/11/2009
  Q: Found a document at the court house for assignment of overring royalty interest on my fathers land. ...
  A: Tom, first you'd need to determine whether there is any current production from the subject lands. ...
Lease Offer Rescinded by Lessee1/6/2009
  Q: What determines whether an Oil and Gas lease is a binding agreement? I have a signed lease and was ...
  A: Mark, if the draft and lease were received by the lessee or their bank prior to them telling you ...
Mineral Rights12/3/2008
  Q: My stepmom has asked me to help her find out if her late fathers deed to a property in Mountrail ...
  A: Judy, you'd need to check back further than the deed you have to be sure. It's possible some ...
Lessee breaking lease11/26/2008
  Q: The company that we have a lease with broke our lease 6-8 times by dumping frac water (we also had ...
  A: Holly, if you feel the lessee has violated your lease, the first thing you need to do is notify them ...
Marcellus Leasing11/25/2008
  Q: I have recently been approached by a land company leasing oil and gas rights for Chesapeake Energy. ...
  A: Mark, if you do not agree to lease, they will possibly "force-pool" your interest into the unit at ...
Mineral Deed Pittsburg Ct. Oklahoma11/22/2008
  Q: I inherited 12 mineral deeds in Ok. I recently received a call from a Land Consulting Co.from ...
  A: Alice, if your mother owned the property in question when she passed, you can likely prove you who ...
Oklahoma Drillsite Payment Offer11/20/2008
  Q: I have a small ten acre lot of land in Southern Oklahoma and I was recently contacted by an oil ...
  A: Bryan, "$1000 a month" is a bit unusual in that they usually just offer a flat rate, but it really ...
Texas Final Decree/Will Dispute11/18/2008
  Q: My mom owned a lot of mineral and undivided surface in west texas. She passed away several years ...
  A: John, "60 acres of surface in an undivided 180-acre section" would of course receive no royalty or ...
Bum Rushed on Natural Gas Lease11/15/2008
  Q: Recently my wife and I have been approached by the village where we live about allowing a drilling ...
  A: Thomas, the mineral estate is the "dominant" estate in this county, and so the mineral owner does ...
Will they Contact you?11/11/2008
  Q: I was wondering if the Oil companies contact us for leasing OR do we contact them If we Think we ...
  A: Cheryl, assuming your contact information is available in the courthouse public records (i.e. a ...
Gas Lease on A foreclosed property--11/10/2008
  Q: I purchased a foreclosed home and previous had already signed the gas lease. The property is in ...
  A: Amal, check the mortgage for the subordination clause. Mortgage should be filed of record in the ...
Mineral rights inheritance/deed11/2/2008
  Q: My grandmother has mineral rights through her mother [my great-grandmother] land is located in ...
  A: Michelle, if the will had a "residual clause" (most do) then that would include the minerals, even ...
Gaines County, TX Lease Offer10/9/2008
  Q: First I want to say thank you for participating in this forum. This is awesome for people like me ...
  A: Patrick, there seems to be an oil field just past the southeast corner of Gaines County. There have ...
Tangipahoa Parish, LA10/7/2008
  Q: We own 145 acres in Amite, LA 70422 in Tangipahoa Parish and want to know how to go about the ...
  A: Jan, as far as I know there is virtually nothing going on oil and gas-wise in your area of the ...
Kern County, CA Leasing10/4/2008
  Q: Are you familiar with mineral right values and California Law as it relates to oil leases? My family ...
  A: Mark, a "favored nations" clause is as you say, and unfortunately is also very hard to negotiate ...
Top Lease Definition and Options9/13/2008
  Q: We have mineral rights in Montana. Our lease expires next year (2010). The lessor has not done ...
  A: Gary, a "top lease" is simply a lease taken by another company before your current lease expires. ...
Grandfathered gas lease9/8/2008
  Q: We have a farm which has been in our family for over 100 years. The gas lease on it is dated pre ...
  A: Rose, unless there is current production on the leased premises, then the lease has expired unless ...
Forced Integration in Arkansas and Arkansas Website9/7/2008
  Q: I have had an oil & gas lease presented to me for mineral interests I have in Arkansas that I am not ...
  A: Jan, not true, you may be force-POOLED (I think Arkansas calls it forced "integration") but you will ...
Well drilled on adjacent land taking my gas9/5/2008
  Q: I have ownership in a parcel of land in north central Pa. in which the land next to mine was pooled ...
  A: Larry, your oil and gas could be produced from a well outside your property if the producing ...
Austin County, TX Lease Offers9/3/2008
  Q: Mr. Scott First, please let me say that I most appreciate your time in reading this. Time is of ...
  A: Theresa, those two companies are about the only two leasing in your area as far as I can tell. ...
Gas Lease in Erie County, PA9/2/2008
  Q: I bought a house in Corry Pa. (Erie County) a year and ten month's ago. The house sits on1.3 acre's ...
  A: Jon, likely the company is wanting to drill a deeper gas well, and they want to include your ...
Selling Minerals in New York9/1/2008
  Q: Fred Im an investor in the Southern Tier of New York and the gas business is becoming huge. I buy ...
  A: Chad, yes, NE Pennsylvania and even southern New York state are becoming "hot." If you've got some ...
Searching for Family Minerals...Where to Start?8/16/2008
  Q: Scott, My grandfather who died in 1949 owned oil & mineral rights all over Texas and Louisiana. My ...
  A: Vemelle, apart from looking through any old papers of your grandfather's you have lying around, I'd ...
Duchesne County, Utah Activity8/14/2008
  Q: I have recently been contacted to renew my Oil and Gas Lease which was previously leased at $25 per ...
  A: Mary Ann, Berry Petroleum Company has received "a ton" of drilling permits for some shallow wells in ...
Depth Clause in Haynesville Shale8/13/2008
  Q: Mr Scott, Thanks for taking my question. I own 170 acres in Harrison county Texas. m.l. woods ...
  A: Kerry, the company won't sue you if you lease to "big oil," don't worry. However, you should ...
old natural gas lease8/9/2008
  Q: My father has mineral rights to 160 acres in Beaver County Oklahoma. He doesn't even have a copy ...
  A: Kathryn..."ripped off"? That sounds a bit strong doesn't it? While it's true that leases from the ...
Oil & Gas/ Okfuskee Co. Oklahoma8/8/2008
  Q: I inherited 7.14 acres of minerals out of 120 located in 21-12N-10E in Okfuskee county. I was have ...
  A: Frank, section 21 was pooled by the Oklahoma Corporation Commission on July 29 for $125 per acre and ...
Is it possible to renegoiciate royalty interest in a forced pooling8/7/2008
  Q: Good Evening I'm am the heir,that inherited royalties through a will, after extensive research on ...
  A: Mrs. Burton, if the company made a "diligent effort" to locate you, but could not, then the pooling ...
Unitization and Pooling8/6/2008
  Q: Scott: We just recently signed a gas lease in Bradford County, PA with Chesapeake. I have a few ...
  A: Anita, sorry so late in responding....been a busy week! Pooling and unitization are often considered ...
mineral lease violations8/4/2008
  Q: My family have 180 acres in NW Louisiana which we sign a mineral lease on 2 1/2 years ago. A ...
  A: Alan, read your lease if you haven't already. It likely gives them permission to drill any necessary ...
Drill on Lease or Wait one year?8/3/2008
  Q: 4 years ago we signed a "standard 5 year mineral rights lease" 1/6 royality if any production was ...
  A: Tom, if the guy wanting to stake a well is not the current lease holder, then technically he is ...
marketing mineral leases to oil/gas co's8/2/2008
  Q: I was called by phone by rep of oil co wanting to lease my minerals. we verbally agreed to terms. ...
  A: John, Try to find out from all these companies which one might actually be capable of drilling a ...
Clinton Oklahoma7/30/2008
  Q: Is there any gas play, or any one interested in leasing minerals around Clinton, Oklahoma. Thanks ...
  A: Paul, pretty general question there, so my answer must be general as well. Most of the recent ...
contract and related oil.gas lease7/27/2008
  Q: This may be a dumb question,however, recently, upon perusing many papers of my deceased father, my ...
  A: Bill; not a dumb question, but it is unlikely not worth pursuing. You should however try to ...
"Top lease" exclusion in lease offer7/26/2008
  Q: Mr. Scott: I'm trying to assist a senior citizen who just received an unsolicited oil/gas lease ...
  A: William, I always delete the "top lease" clause, so in my opinion, it's a good thing that it's ...
oil/gas rights and lease7/25/2008
  Q: How do I go about finding out the status of an old lease on oil/gas rights in Williams County, ND. ...
  A: Mary Ellen, you'll need to of course establish whether there is currently, or ever was, any ...
Texas Oil and Gas Lease Royalty Minimum7/22/2008
  Q: Is there a minimum mandated royalty payment in Texas for oil and gas; such as in Pennsylvania where ...
  A: In most states I believe the minimum is 1/8. I actually do not have personal knowledge of such a law ...
Oil and Gas Lease7/18/2008
  Q: My Friend found some old oil and gas lease papers that her grandmother had and her Aunt left her. ...
  A: Mike, if there is still a well producing there, then I'd look into it. If not, I'd still look into ...
gas, oil and mineral rights7/16/2008
  Q: My family and I own approx. 500 acres of gas,oil and mineral rights in Steuben County N.Y. as well ...
  A: Steve, best thing to do is check with your neighbors if possible, and see what they've been offered. ...
Mineral rights from the 1920s7/15/2008
  Q: My grandmother recently past away and as we were cleaning out her house I came across a bundle of ...
  A: Erica, assuming the State, or some previous owner didn't retain the minerals to the subject lands ...
mineral rights and leasing6/17/2008
  Q: Question 1 I bought one hundred acres in NEPA back in 1986, I found out that back in 1956 (four ...
  A: Carl, the 1956 owner and his heirs still own 50 percent of the minerals under the land you ...
Louisiana Gas Mineral Lease6/16/2008
  Q: My Husbands family bought a 100 leased gas mineral rights on some property in Louisiana. Up until ...
  A: Sally, probably what's happened is that the well is either no longer capable of production, or it ...
Royalty retained for one lease or forever?6/13/2008
  Q: Greetings. This is a question about retention of gas and oil royalties in a deed that is about 90 ...
  A: Mark, I would say that since the deed specifically mentions the fraction "1/16" and since most ...
Inherited Natural Gas Well Royalties6/12/2008
  Q: My wife is the sole inheritor of the royalty rights to several producing natural gas wells in Hemple ...
  A: Bruce, the lease your wife's grandfather signed state the royalty rate and other terms that were ...
Gas Lease6/10/2008
  Q: I was just approached this afternoon by Magnum Land Services regarding a natural gas lease. I have ...
  A: DeAnna, I am not familiar with leasing rates in Maryland so I would instead check around with ...
Oil and Gas Lease6/9/2008
  Q: I own 2 small parcels (1 acre, and 4-1/2 acres) in LaGrange County, Indiana. My mother has a life ...
  A: Laura (and others) first off be aware that neither we as experts, nor anyone reading your questions ...
Oil leases6/7/2008
  Q: My family owns the mineral rights on 1425 acres in Williams and McKenzie counties in North Dakota ...
  A: Mark, I am not very familiar with that part of North Dakota, though as you likely already know, the ...
Mineral Rights sale Bryan county6/5/2008
  Q: Mr. Scott, I hold 4.5 acres Section 35-05S-12E and have been offered 1150. per net acre to sell. Is ...
  A: J; I'd say it's a little low, considering that bonus amounts have been higher in the area. ...
oil and gas leases in Wetzel County6/4/2008
  Q: I am a staff writer at the Wetzel Chronicle, a weekly in New Martinsville and have been writing a ...
  A: Brenda, northern West Virginia is where a lot of West Virginia's producing areas are located, though ...
Prior Patent on Property6/3/2008
  Q: My Wife and I signed a lease agreement in April, with a Draft for the signing bonus. I just found ...
  A: Jim, sounds like they found a "cloud" in your title. May also be that they just changed their mind ...
Is consultant fee fair?5/30/2008
  Q: I recently attended a meeting of a group of landowners in NE PA being represented by a ...
  A: Chris, I'd be curious as to who this guy is. I was contacted by an attorney a few months ago from ...
paid up oil and gas lease5/28/2008
  Q: I own 48 acres in NE PA. Several mos ago a young man knocked on our door representing New Penn ...
  A: John, short answer is you'd need to check with an attorney familiar with contract law in ...
What is a 'frozen' well?5/27/2008
  Q: What does it mean when an oil company 'freezes' a well? I heard this in reference to a well that ...
  A: BJ, a "frozen" well could be a number of things. It's not a term I'm familiar with as it relates to ...
Mineral rights5/24/2008
  Q: My family has held land and mineral rights in East Texas near Crockett for 100 plus years. I ...
  A: Debbie, one thing you might try is the Texas Railroad Commission Website. It's a bit confusing, but ...
Natural Gas Royalties5/23/2008
  Q: My property is situated within a 640 acre unit. How can I determine how much money I will receive ...
  A: Michael, it's pretty easy to figure your potential royalty actually, and I'm glad you didn't make ...
Mineral Rights in Burke County, ND4/22/2008
  Q: My family owns the mineral rights to 357+ acres in Burke County, North Dakota, in Sections 19 and 24 ...
  A: Sandy, I'm not too familiar with North Dakota; but I have been there several times, because I used ...
Oil & Gas Lease - WV4/22/2008
  Q: We are getting solicited from a leasing company (Magnum Land Services, LLC) to sign a oil and gas ...
  A: Mark, if you don't sign, and they want to drill a well in a spacing unit that includes your ...
Gas leases in Northern Bradford County. PA4/21/2008
  Q: Recently a company called Range Resources hired a middle man to approach landowners in our area to ...
  A: Erin, wow, lots of questions. All Experts isn't set up to provide in-depth answers, so I'll have to ...
surface property sold, but not mineral rights4/17/2008
  Q: I was contacted by a third party company acting on behalf of a major oil company. He informed me ...
  A: Tallie; if you want to verify your mineral ownership, you could check the courthouse records in the ...
Gas Lease4/1/2008
  Q: Scott I am a student at WVU and recently my parents had told me that they had been approached by a ...
  A: Robert, too many questions for me to answer fully here, but I will try, and will also tell you that ...
oil lease3/31/2008
  Q: Mr. Scott -- My wife and I were contacted by Sundance about leasing a small acreage about 10 miles ...
  A: Charles, In Mountrail County I have reliable sources telling me of leases there going for $2,000 per ...
Bradford County, PA Gas Lease3/28/2008
  Q: Good Evening. I live in Bradford County PA (Litchfield Township)I was approached by Chesapeake a ...
  A: Shelly, I'd check with more neighbors, then check the papers, then check the courthouse to see who ...
Mineral Leasing3/25/2008
  Q: Why do oil and gas companies lead you to believe they are interested in leasing for drilling, pay ...
  A: Luis, oil and gas companies usually lease because they eventually plan to drill the lease. However, ...
mineral lease3/24/2008
  Q: Frederick, I live in Montana and along with my family, have 312 acres of mineral rights in Dunn ...
  A: Bob, "Marathon Man" is right most likely. If they get enough leases from others, they won't need to ...
Gas Exploration3/21/2008
  Q: Mr. Scott, I live in Wayne County, Pa. I would like to know how to contact some one in regard to ...
  A: Jay, Chesapeake Exploration is doing most of the leasing in your area. I'm surprised they haven't ...
gas lease in Cameron County, PA3/16/2008
  Q: We inherited the mineral rights to 200+ acres in Cameron County, PA. The property has had no ...
  A: John, don't sell for only $500 per acre. Leasing prices are $1500 per acre in some areas (i.e. Wayne ...
Gas Leasing in NEPA3/15/2008
  Q: I live in Northeast PA which is being heavily marketed for gas leasing rights above the Marcellus ...
  A: Carl, as you may know, lease bonus amounts in your area have risen from a low of $25-$50 per acre ...
How to search for ownership of royalties3/14/2008
  Q: We have recently been approached by someone in North Dakota who claims that my grandfather owns ...
  A: Karen, most courthouses are set up to do searches by legal description, rather than name. This is ...
career question3/13/2008
  Q: I read that your college degree was not related to gas and oil, this is good news for me because the ...
  A: Nick, I would suggest checking out AAPL (American Association of Professional Landmen) for a start. ...
recently approached3/12/2008
  Q: I live in norteast PA and was recently approached about leasing my land for shale drilling. I would ...
  A: Dave, if you really want more details on how a rig is operated and/or the whole process from start ...
Oil and Gas Lease Columbia Co NE PA3/11/2008
  Q: I haven't seen any posts regarding Columbia Co. in NE PA., but I have gleaned a lot of information ...
  A: Chris, many of the things you mentioned are actually fairly "standard" contract terms, it's just ...
NY gas lease3/10/2008
  Q: My family owns approximately 48 acres on Hwy 54 along Keuka Lake in Yates county New York town of ...
  A: Dan, with natural gas and oil prices up like they are, companies are going after more ...
pool inclusion3/1/2008
  Q: We have never signed a lease. We are currently in a pool on a shallow well west of us. Someone is ...
  A: Barbara, I would call the company doing the drilling and ask them if you are in the pool. They are ...
Oil & Gas Leasing2/26/2008
  Q: I own the mineral rights to a tract of land in Texas and was recently contacted by a leasing agent ...
  A: Charles, check with neighbors who may have been approached, check with local banks, call the county ...
Pool size vs royaly payments-Barnett Shale2/23/2008
  Q: I have seen some calculations as to projected royalty payments. Insofar as I am negotiating a lease ...
  A: Ned, in the Barnett Shale, unit sizes (pool) can vary from 40 acres to (more recently) as many as ...
Lease information nepa2/21/2008
  Q: I see you were maxed out yesterday so I tried another expert and they couldn't answer my questions. ...
  A: Dave, as you surmised, I have been attempting to work with an attorney to help you folks get a good ...
selling mineral rights/leasing2/20/2008
  Q: my question is this, I'm all for this company to come in and check and find gas or oil on my ...
  A: Sherry, if you own the mineral rights under the land, then the company will "ask permission" from ...
NEED HELP2/15/2008
  Q: WANT TO PAY YOU TO HELP ME WITH TAKING CARE OF MINERAL RIGHTS ISSUES.....THIS IS SMALL STUFF IN ...
  A: Hazel, I can't promise I'll have the necessary time available to help you professionally, but will ...
Oil/gas lease2/14/2008
  Q: About 2 years ago I was one of the first in my area of Bradford Co, Pa. to be approached about ...
  A: Bill, short answer is probably "no" you cannot force a lessee to renegotiate the terms of your lease ...
Top Lease offer - Bakken formation - Mountrail County.1/31/2008
  Q: which I thank you for your answer to, however, some factors have now changed. I have recently been ...
  A: Nancy, good thinking! I believe it may be possible for you to renegotiate your current lease if your ...
Texas O/G Lease & Landman1/30/2008
  Q: I can only find ltd info on Thunderbird Oil & Gas who has presented us w/a lease. All indications ...
  A: Elizabeth, I am assuming your minerals are in Johnson County, south of Fort Worth, though you did ...
Ratification of Oil and Gas Lease1/29/2008
  Q: My mom recently received a notice asking for her notarized signature on the Ratification of a Lease ...
  A: Justin, if you want to find out what your Mom owns in these parcels, the easiest thing to do would ...
Sell or retain1/28/2008
  Q: I am a local Realtor and I have a client that has inherited acreage from his mother. This parcel of ...
  A: Kendal, how big is the parcel? Where is the parcel? Is it near production? Sounds like it might now ...
Natural Gas-- Barnett Shale1/26/2008
  Q: Sir: I have two questions. (1) I own 60 acres of land 1 mile northwest of Itasca, Hill County ...
  A: David, without the legal description (block, section or abstract.) it's difficult to narrow down ...
Rule of Thumb For Valuing Unproduced O & G Rights1/25/2008
  Q: Can you suggest a workable rule of thumb for establishing the fair bonus value for a lease based on ...
  A: James, bonus amounts vary widely. There is really no directly proportional relationship for bonus ...
Oil Lease OK County Sec 171/17/2008
  Q: RK Pinson has contacted me regarding an oil lease for my property. I have about 40 acres. Other ...
  A: Susan, first of all "section 17" is pretty vague in that it could be anywhere, but I suppose I don't ...
Gas lease1/16/2008
  Q: My father has over 300 acres in Elk Lick Township,Somerset County, and has been offered a lease for ...
  A: Duane, R.L. Powell is likely either a small land company, or an individual. Not everyone shows up on ...
O&G Lease Wayne Co. PA1/11/2008
  Q: Scott, This is another question from NE PA. I have 40 acres in Wayne Co. right on the edge ...
  A: James, I am not familiar with the “Starrucca” group. Is this someone’s name? There are actually ...
oil and gas lease in Northeastern PA1/10/2008
  Q: We have been approached by three landmen representing three different gas and oil companies who want ...
  A: Jean, below is an example of a "depth clause" and a "hold harmless" clause. These should work in ...
selling mineral interest in Stephens County Oklahoma1/7/2008
  Q: I am interested in trying to find out what my mineral rights are worth. I don't know how to even ...
  A: Cathy, some banks will lend money on minerals, some will not. If you are in need of money for the ...
NE PA Oil and Gas Lease1/3/2008
  Q: I am looking to purchase a 22 acres of land for recreational activity and possible income property. ...
  A: Rick, if there is production during the lease primary term, then the lease is extended (and you are ...
Royalty Pool1/2/2008
  Q: I own 120 acres (3 sections) in Amite Co. MS and also the mineral rights. I noticed they are ...
  A: Sebe, If your minerals are included in the unit, it's very likely they would have contacted you ...
oil & gas lease12/28/2007
  Q: Fred, I would like to know if there is any additional compensation to the landowner where a well is ...
  A: Donna, the "royalty" is only paid to the mineral owners, not the land owners. Often companies will ...
Mineral royalties12/22/2007
  Q: My family owns the surface and 50% of the minerals on a portion of the property and 25% minerals on ...
  A: If both properties are included in the drilling unit, then you will be paid your pro-rata share in ...
oil/gas lease12/21/2007
  Q: For the past 30 days, a landsman has been leasing minerals in our area. All things considered ...
  A: He can't force you to lease at all. Now later the State might force pool you into a lease, though ...
Mineral Leasing in SE OK12/19/2007
  Q: We just recently bought some land in SE Oklahoma (SW corner of Choctaw county) and own part of the ...
  A: Ke, might be a boom going on there that I don't know about, but I sure think it's pretty "dead" ...
land lease in wayne county pa12/14/2007
  Q: I just read a question answers buy another fella in wayne county pa and the answer is really ...
  A: Jonathan, if you want more than 1/8th royalty, consider asking them for an "escalating royalty" ...
Gas Lease in Pennsylvania12/11/2007
  Q: I have received several inquiries regarding leasing my land for the gas exploration.The land is ...
  A: Don, I've gotten several contacts from folks up in Pennsylvania over the last couple of months. ...
royalties12/10/2007
  Q: A friend of mine found out he and his family members own mineral rights in south east Oklahoma. An ...
  A: Alan, the $1,000 is the "bonus" per acre he will get from the oil company for signing an oil and gas ...
Residential Oil and Gas Lease in Arlington, TX12/8/2007
  Q: My husband and I just received a letter from Permian Land Company saying that they are acquiring Oil ...
  A: Jessica, as you may know, it's fairly common for an oil company to hire a land company to get leases ...
Lease take-off12/1/2007
  Q: What is a Lease take-off. What info does it contain? How is it researched ? Where can I find an ...
  A: William, a "take off" is simply a list containing the locations (book and page) of deeds, leases ...
Paid-up Oil & Gas Lease in Northeastern PA11/27/2007
  Q: I just received a Paid-Up Oil and Gas lease from a landsman for Chesapeake Appalachia for a ...
  A: Maria, thanks for reading my previous responses for Pennsylvania. Glad you found them. I agree ...
gas leases in Bryan Co, OK11/26/2007
  Q: Is Bryan Co in Oklahoma a hot area? What companies are leasing in this area?
  A: Sherry, I wouldn't say that Bryan County, OK is a "hot" area, but there is definately activity ...
Gas Lease11/23/2007
  Q: I have some property, 74 acres, in Erie County, PA. A company has been siging up many of my ...
  A: Anthony, first off, good for you for not wanting to lease on bad terms. 10 years is too long anyway. ...
united packers oil company11/17/2007
  Q: i have recently been going through some of my late fathers papers and have found an assignment of ...
  A: Steve, first you'd want to find out if the well is still producing, or if there ever was a producing ...
Oil & Gas Speculation11/16/2007
  Q: My four sisters and I own about 1/4 interest in about 3700 acres of mineral rights in some West ...
  A: Logan, before you sell them I would do one of two things. I would either spend the money to get them ...
Oil & Gas Lease11/7/2007
  Q: My wife and I own property in the Onshore Gulf Coast Region, Lavaca Co, TX and we were recently ...
  A: Omer, while it is not unusual for a land company to buy leases for an oil company using their OWN ...
Gas leasing strategy11/5/2007
  Q: I just read your response to an 8/14/2007 posting from a Wayne County, Pa. landowner. That landowner ...
  A: Jason, I'm pleased you took the time to read my previous PA response done back in August. Saves me ...
gas royalties10/29/2007
  Q: I collect gas royalties on a well in Comanche Co. Ks The well is operated by H & B petroleum in ...
  A: Elinor, a lot of gas is sold "at the well" to pipelines. The pipelines in many areas are able to set ...
Oil & Gas properties appraisals10/24/2007
  Q: Our firm is administrating an estate with Oil & Gas interests and we are in need of appraisals on ...
  A: Often, local companies will advertise in the paper where your minerals are located. A real estate ...
Proposed gas lease N Richland Hills home10/20/2007
  Q: We received an offer from Dale Property Services acting for Cheasapeake Energy of $2500 per acre or ...
  A: Tony, I'm assuming you live "in town" and that Chesapeake is wanting to drill a well, and your part ...
royalties10/16/2007
  Q: how long does it take to receive royalty after a well starts producing.
  A: Perry, in most states, a company legally has six months after a well starts producing to pay you for ...
oil lease10/11/2007
  Q: 1. How much is 4,035 bbl? What does bbl mean? Is it billions of barrels of oil? 2. On oil leases, ...
  A: Harry, "4,035 bbl" is 4,035 barrels of oil. A barrel is about 42 gallons. You MAY be held liable ...
Lease price per acre10/1/2007
  Q: I have recently been contacted by Chesapeake regarding a lease for mineral rights I own in Brewster ...
  A: Mary, I assume you mean Brewster County, Texas, though you didn't say which state. I would check ...
oil lease9/28/2007
  Q: My parents own,and my brother and I will own by virtue of a living trust, 159 acres in Montrail ...
  A: Robert, I am not familiar with North Dakota minerals. However, you should check out www.naro-us.org ...
Oil, Gas & Mineral Lease9/27/2007
  Q: I have received in the mail a request to acquiring a non-developmental Oil, Gas, and Mineral Lease ...
  A: Dan, check with a local bank for bonus amounts. Many banks are aware of going rates. I'm sorry I'm ...
Chesapeake lease offer9/25/2007
  Q: I have read several replies to lease questions indicating the property owner should ask the oil/gas ...
  A: Chuck, many companies prefer to give you a bank draft for the lease bonus because it allows them ...
Reeves County TX lease offer9/18/2007
  Q: Scott: Our family owns mineral rights in Reeves County and we received a phone call from Petro Land ...
  A: Without seeing the lease it’s hard for me to tell you if it’s a “good” lease or not; however I can ...
gas rights sale decision9/17/2007
  Q: from southwestern Pennsylvania. leased our gas rights about 9 months ago for $5/ac for 5 years. ...
  A: Ken, first off I would say do not even consider selling your minerals for only $300 per acre unless ...
landsman comming tomorrow8/26/2007
  Q: I spoke with the landsman (kid 24 yrs)he told me that he's working for a broker that works with the ...
  A: Tom, sorry I didn't get back to you earlier. Did the landman come back yet or did we beat him?? You ...
Property Purchase8/20/2007
  Q: I am looking at purchasing a 20 acre piece of land in North Arkansas. After a little research, I ...
  A: Tracy, the "mineral estate" is the dominant estate. That means the mineral owner will be able to ...
landman came to our home in Wayne County P.A8/14/2007
  Q: a landman came to our property in N.E P.A. He was offering us 50.00 per acre, and 1/8th royalties, ...
  A: Though I am from Oklahoma and am not that familiar with PA, I will try to give you some basic tips. ...
Potential Leasing of Mineral Rights on my farm7/21/2007
  Q: We have been approached by Millenium Natural Resource Development, E. Springfield NY to sign a 5 ...
  A: Grace, To begin I must say "Danger Will Robinson"! (Remember the show "Lost in Space")? Though I ...
Oil & Gas Lease7/20/2007
  Q: My client owns .5 ac. as business property on Luna Rd/near IH 635, Dallas, Dallas Co. Texas. He was ...
  A: Kim, though I'm not familiar with leasing rates in Dallas County, I can tell you that a five-year ...
Mineral Rights on property7/18/2007
  Q: Is there a way that I can locate who owns the mineral rights on my property. Where can I go to ...
  A: If you don't own the minerals under your land, but want to find out who does, my first stop would be ...

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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.

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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.

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

Education/Credentials
Certified Mineral Manager (CMM), Registered Professional Landman (RPL)

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