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We have been approached about granting a 10ft wide permanent easement with a 25 ft wide temporary working space on our property in Pottowattomie county in Oklahoma for a natural gas line (low pressure).  They have offered $1000 for the option and if they can get the other owners to sign then they will pay $50 per rod.  Is this the going rate per rod at this time?  The research I've done looks like it was around $100 per rod 5 years ago.  If we accept the option, they have 120 days to act upon it or the agreement terminates.  We also want to make sure that they can only put one six inch line in per agreement.  Does this sound like a good deal?  Thank you for you help.

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If you only want one line then you should have the limit in the agreement - have that expressly stipulated in the agreement.

The price is what you agree to because there is no standard for the industry - the standards are very localized.  I think that if you want a particular price then you should go with that but economies change and prices paid change.  Some areas only receive $16.00 per rod.

If you want a higher amount then you can ask for it.

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I will try to answer any question you have. Even if I reject a question, I still will give a shot at what I would do in your position. The only questions I will not take a shot at would be a highly technical engineering or geological question. I am beginning to see quite a few questions from land men and other oil companies and that doesn't matter to me either. I will attempt to help.

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I am an oil and gas attorney that has been in the business for more than 20 years. I have held a series 22 and 63 securities license, been in oil and gas operations, land man, division order analyst all prior to obtaining my law degree. Today, I typically write title opinions verifying ownership of oil and gas minerals, assist landowners in negotiations on oil, gas and mineral leases, easements and conveyances. I also assist oil and gas companies with the sale of working interest ownership as well as common business law issues.

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State Bar of Texas, Member of the Tarrant County Bar and the Dallas County Bar Associations.

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I have a B.S. degree which I rely upon more than my Business Mgmt degree or Law degree...

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