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Hi, my mother had a oil and gas lease on some land in wy, it was for 5 years, dated 6th of Feb, 2004 in Natrona County, township 36 N, Range 87 W, 6th P.M.  Section 15: NW1/4, N1/2SW1/4

Well I called the county clerks office and they said it was still in the leasing parties name of Hanson & Strahn, we have tried to contact this company but there phones are disconnected, anyway how do we get these mineral rights back? My mom is 91,and would like to have these back before she moves on.

Thank you for your time

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If the lease is producing (i.e. they drilled a well in 2004 or later and it's still producing) then the lease was automatically extended and will continue for as long as there is production from the leased premises. If they didn't commence and drill a producing well during the 5-year primary term then the lease would have expired by its own terms 5 years after she signed it.

The lease will still remain filed of record even if it's expired, but anyone looking at it could see that it had expired (assuming no production.)

A lease doesn't give a company ownership of her mineral rights, so your mother still owns them whether they are leased or not. When she signed the lease, she only gives them the exclusive right to drill during the primary term. If they didn't drill, the lease expired and she can lease to someone else if she likes.

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

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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 several articles which have appeared in various oil and gas 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 landwork over the past ten years, and also worked as a professional landman and lease buyer for a time. 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.

Organizations
National Association of Royalty Owners (NARO); American Association of Professional Landmen (AAPL)

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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