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no surface operations clause3/7/2017Marsha Breazeale, M.Ed., CDOA, CPLTA
  Q: Property in Austin County TX Pallas Energy Services I have asked for a no surface operations ...
  A: Ella, I am attaching a pdf containing several custom clauses addressing surface use restrictions in ...
Drilling being done on lands where I own gas and oil rights.2/25/2017Cliff Williams
  Q: I currently live in California.I was approached about 3 years ago by a Landman who was interested in ...
  A: The website for checking production in New Mexico is http://www.emnrd.state.nm.us/ocd/ The answer ...
Production Company2/17/2017Laura M. FitzGerald, CPL
  Q: We have received from a Production Co to drill one to multiple wells fro the same platform in ...
  A: Palmer, Thank you for allowing me to assist you with your question. I will need further information ...
Mineral Rights2/15/2017Marsha Breazeale, M.Ed., CDOA, CPLTA
  Q: Mineral rights are located in Wetzel County WV. 476 acres. A North Carolina probated will names my ...
  A: Your problem is a common one with heirs to mineral rights when the mineral rights are located in a ...
gas well2/13/2017Laura M. FitzGerald, CPL
  Q: I own a gas well located in Tulsa OK. I have the mineral rights and own the property. I live at the ...
  A: Vicki, Thank you for asking for my help. I always feel honored when my expertise in oil and gas is ...
Gross Proceeds Lease - Post Production Gas deductions2/3/2017Mark Bonner
  Q: Energy company 1 is the holder of a 1985 gross proceeds lease. Energy company 2 has been assigned a ...
  A: It sure makes you wonder if they are doing something wrong when they refuse to respond to inquiries, ...
Mineral rights1/26/2017Laura M. FitzGerald, CPL
  Q: The best way to establish the value of mineral rights in Pecos county, Texas? Also, the average ...
  A: Jerry, Other than hiring a consulting reservoir engineer to determine the value of your mineral ...
Mineral interest up for lease12/16/2016Laura M. FitzGerald, CPL
  Q: I represent a group of owners who collectively own MI on 107 of 320 acres of Section 32 in Washita ...
  A: Bart, I would be very interested in handling this for your group. In my opinion, handling this ...
Verifying mineral interest ownership12/8/2016Marsha Breazeale, M.Ed., CDOA, CPLTA
  Q: Mineral interest ownership in Grady County Oklahoma has been inherited by three grandchildren. No ...
  A: This is a common problem for many landowners today. It will be expensive (several hundreds if not ...
BPO & APO12/1/2016Marsha Breazeale, M.Ed., CDOA, CPLTA
  Q: I am not clear on how to calculate BPO and APO. This is for the State of Texas, Martin County. Mr. ...
  A: First, let me say that you aren't clear on the terms of the farmout. Based on what you say here, the ...
lease royalties11/20/2016Marsha Breazeale, M.Ed., CDOA, CPLTA
  Q: I am representing my motherinlaw who was contacted about an lnheritance of gas rights for hooe # ...
  A: You can research the Oklahoma Corporation Commission website to find out what wells are producing ...
Oil & Gas Royalty Lease11/11/2016Marsha Breazeale, M.Ed., CDOA, CPLTA
  Q: My siblings have entered into a Oil & Gas Royalty Lease with "ABC Oil" (fictitious name) where they ...
  A: You have recited two different clauses from the oil and gas lease in your question. The clause ...
when I get my money11/8/2016Cliff Williams
  Q: A nice young man came to my home a couple of weeks ago to get my husband's death certificate. He ...
  A: The mortgage company may be correct depending on the state in which your home is located and your ...
Mineral rights11/3/2016Laura M. FitzGerald, CPL
  Q: We received an offer to lease mineral rights that we were not aware we owned. How do we know if this ...
  A: Terry, Yes, unfortunately many people are unaware that they own mineral interests by virtue of ...
How long is a lease in effect - Not 4 years10/21/2016Cliff Williams
  Q: My sisters and brother inherited mineral rights to some land our parents owned. While I do not ...
  A: This information can be found in the lease form. I very highly doubt that the lease is still in ...
Washita County Gas Lease Offer10/10/2016Laura M. FitzGerald, CPL
  Q: I own mineral rights to 60 acres in SE/4, SEC.7-10N-20W in Washita Co., Oklahoma. My cousin owns 40 ...
  A: Carol, I always advise a landowner to counter any first offer that is made to them. In your ...
Wireline on a well on a vacuum10/4/2016David Traugott
  Q: Would the vacuum on a well negatively impact Wireline operations? What effects would be expected and ...
  A: If the well is on a vacuum then the chances of getting the wireline tools stuck in the well are ...
Witness Requirements9/30/2016Cliff Williams
  Q: I am obtaining a right-of-way for property in Louisiana's Cameron Parish. The landowner is in Texas ...
  A: James, I prefer to follow the laws in the jurisdiction where the property is located. The property ...
Mineral Rights Valuation9/16/2016Cliff Williams
  Q: Sir: Last year I sold my royalty/mineral interest in a producing unit in Texas. This was an ...
  A: I believe this to be more of a financial question than an oil and gas question. But, I will give ...
Keeping mineral rights on a property in Delaware county, oklahoma9/9/2016Mark Bonner
  Q: As a seller of 32 acres of land in Delaware county, oklahoma, I am confronted with a question. My ...
  A: I would say that it is still a very popular philosophy to retain the mineral rights when you sell ...
Selling small mineral rights9/5/2016Laura M. FitzGerald, CPL
  Q: I have a small interest in some mineral rights I would like to sell. Who do I contact for this? At ...
  A: Jacqueline When a mineral owner is seeking to sell their mineral interests they should work with a ...
lease pooling8/28/2016Laura M. FitzGerald, CPL
  Q: Laura: How can I find out where a new, in process of drilling, well's horizontal drilling will be ...
  A: John, You can go to the Texas Railroad Commission site to find the drilling permits and producing ...
Inheritance - Minerals and Royalties8/26/2016Laura M. FitzGerald, CPL
  Q: Fitzgerald, Last year, on July 17, 2015, more or less, I asked you a question about how our ...
  A: Nicolas, Good work! You've contacted the oil company and been able to make contact with the division ...
1/3 gas rights8/7/2016Marsha Breazeale, M.Ed., CDOA, CPLTA
  Q: My father and cousins have recently learned they are owners of gas rights within a tract of land in ...
  A: This question is outside my expertise because I am not an attorney licensed in Pennsylvania. I must ...
Pooling how can I find out if my Mom has7/13/2016Frederick M. Scott
  Q: .my mom has interests in grady co. Okla. Legal description s35-t5n-r7w . I feel that with all the ...
  A: No new wells there since 2009. Most recent was in 2007 and covered only the SW/4 of the section and ...
Grady County, OK Lease Offer Question6/27/2016Frederick M. Scott
  Q: I just inherited mineral rights in Grady County Oklahoma. Sec's23 & 28 township 9N Range 7W. I ...
  A: You should be able to get a fairly good lease here since it appears you are receiving multiple lease ...
ORRI6/9/2016Marsha Breazeale, M.Ed., CDOA, CPLTA
  Q: ABC Company owns 100% of a lease in Kingfisher County, OKlahoma that covers 1/96 of the NE/4 with a ...
  A: Not a problem, glad to help. To answer your question directly, a 2% proportionately-reduced ORRI is ...
Release of old lease5/17/2016Laura M. FitzGerald, CPL
  Q: I am asking on behalf of an elderly neighbor so bare with me Grimes county Texas northern part ...
  A: Roy, Please understand that it's difficult for me to provide you with advice on this matter because ...
Old Division Order5/10/2016Marsha Breazeale, M.Ed., CDOA, CPLTA
  Q: I have the following division orders, originally from: Sun Refining and Marketing Company PO Box ...
  A: To learn the status of the accounts, I recommend that you contact Sunoco Logistics (successor to Sun ...
Offer to purchase5/10/2016Marsha Breazeale, M.Ed., CDOA, CPLTA
  Q: My wife recieved an offer to purchase her portion of mineral interests in Howard County Texas. My ...
  A: This is an excellent question, thank you for asking me to answer it for you. Getting the interest ...
value of gas producted5/8/2016Laura M. FitzGerald, CPL
  Q: well I guess I will try this again I just wiped out 45 mins. that had put on the question and I ...
  A: Bob, Please don't take this the wrong way but when you told me you just wasted 45 mins when you hit ...
money for lease5/4/2016Laura M. FitzGerald, CPL
  Q: When a company like XTO offers money for a lease and it says 500.00 dollars plus xxx royalty if you ...
  A: Bob, Thank you for the compliment! I'm happy that my previous answer helped you. When a company is ...
3/16th Lease interest4/21/2016Laura M. FitzGerald, CPL
  Q: I have inherited 3/16th interest in the minerals of 5+ acres located Section 28 Township 15 North, ...
  A: Barry, It's a good idea for you to check with a trusted advisor when you are dealing with oil and ...
Dewey County, OK Activity? 4/12/2016Frederick M. Scott
  Q: I am an heir to SECTION6 19N 18W LOTS 3-4 in Dewey County Oklahoma. How do I find what company is ...
  A: The Oklahoma Corporation Commission is the oil and gas regulatory body for the state of Oklahoma, ...
MINERAL RIGHTS OWNERSHIP4/11/2016Laura M. FitzGerald, CPL
  Q: DO COMPANIES LIKE XTO MAKE BIG MISTAKES WHEN CHECKING TO SEE WHO ALL THE MINERAL RIGHTS OWNERS ARE ...
  A: Bob, I understand your frustration here in trying to sort this out - unfortunately in my opinion, ...
question about value of mineral rights4/8/2016Mark Bonner
  Q: How do I find the value of mineral rights obtained in a will? Located in grady county Okla.
  A: What is the value? Thanks for the great question. The proper way to establish a market value for ...
where is our money4/8/2016Jason J. Alexander
  Q: my great grandfather had oil wells back in 1923 in Arkansas. we as heirs are trying to find the ...
  A: I am sorry for your problems but it seems that yours may now be legal. I am afraid I cannot do any ...
Assignment of Royalties by Lessor3/21/2016Laura M. FitzGerald, CPL
  Q: We have a farm in which we have an interest with another family member. The farm has one working ...
  A: Frank, It is not unusual for a Seller to reserve in a Deed all or part of the mineral interest in ...
Title Opinion/Division Order3/21/2016Marsha Breazeale, M.Ed., CDOA, CPLTA
  Q: Good Morning Marsha, Hope you can give me some guidance. I was new to all this when I was ...
  A: Sorry for the delay in answering your question, but it was quite involved and I did some research ...
Submitting our own DO for a fixed NPRI3/6/2016Marsha Breazeale, M.Ed., CDOA, CPLTA
  Q: I am one of five siblings who have NPRI royalty interest in Karnes/Wilson County Texas and EOG ...
  A: You have asked several questions, so I will answer one at a time, in the order asked. If I am ...

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PLEASE READ CAREFULLY BEFORE SUBMITTING A QUESTION. I can answer all questions related to oil and gas ownership, mineral interests and working interests concerning the leasing and selling of your minerals, any questions concerning pipeline ROW's, units with the Louisiana Department of Conservation; pooling provisions, depth limitations, vertical or horizontal pugh clauses; and oil and gas terminology. I can offer assistance in negotiating for leasing your property, assisting in locating owners of suspended funds or to receive the best offer for your oil and gas interests, should you desire to sell. I am only able to answer questions regarding oil and gas leases, minerals, royalties, or offers to purchase mineral/royalty interests if I have complete information. Please provide a full legal description for your interest(s). If the question pertains to a lease, please include all terms of any current (or desired) lease offers, including lease bonus amount, royalty and lease term. If the question is regarding a mineral or royalty interest offer to purchase, please provide the offer amount, date of offer, other offer terms, and further details on the mineral/royalty interest, such as lease terms, and if producing, the average monthly income. Since I receive numerous inquiries daily, I am only able to answer your questions efficiently and effectively if I have complete information. I must decline any questions submitted with incomplete information. If your question is non-technical in nature and you simply need assistance understanding an oil and gas matter, please submit your question with as much information and detail as possible. Any background information that has led to your question is also very helpful.

Experience

I have over 34 years experience as an Independent Petroleum Landman. I became a Landman after working as a paralegal for Oil & Gas Attorneys for 8 years. My first 2 years were spent specializing in Well History and Research with the Louisiana Department of Conservation, then moving into clearing title defects and handling title curative for oil and gas properties for the next 6 years. Subsequent thereto, I handled title issues, buying oil and gas leases and settling surface damages. I also acquired acreage for drilling prospects in excess of 10,000 acres. I also became a mineral/royalty owner commencing in 2004 and have found that I can help many people when they have reached the point in their lives they feel converting their minerals or royalties into a cash asset benefits them.

Organizations
American Association for Professional Landmen, ArkLaTex Assoc. of Professional Landmen, and Dallas Association of Professional Landmen (DAPL), Certified by the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)- South. This certification is one of the most widely recognized and respected certifications in the nation. This designation is reserved for only those women-led businesses that exemplify the characteristics of integrity and professionalism to which the WBENC adheres to so strictly.

Education/Credentials
Attended LSU, became a Certified Professional Landman in 1994; Notary Public with dual authority in multiple parishes in North Louisiana; Bilingual in English and Greek

Awards and Honors
Expert Oil & Gas Professional assisting attorneys representing landowners. Involved in 2 lawsuits and both suits were awarded to the landowner. Ilios Resources, Inc. has been awarded the Best of Shreveport Oil and Gas Mineral Buyer Award for 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012.

Past/Present Clients
Consultant Landman for Texas Oil & Gas (TXO Production Corp.), Anadarko Petroleum, Comstock Resources,Independent Geologists, Pipeline ROW Clients, and Oil & Gas Attorneys. For the past 5 years my practice is primarily an advocacy for the landowner. I also assist royalty owners recover suspended payments or incorrect royalty payments, or sell their mineral or royalty interest.

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