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I live about 1 mile from a successful oil well.  I own my mineral rights.  What is the distance from an oil well do I have be within to collect mineral royalties?  I am located in North Texas.
Thank you.

Some wells that are oil wells you will need to be within 467' from the well bore - that is the default spacing for a producing oil well.  A natural gas well will allow a larger unit for the production and that would be about 2600'.

The engineers believe that oil recovered from a well is closer to the well bore and natural gas migrates from a further distance out.  These are rough generalizations to answer your question though...



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Cliff Williams


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.


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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