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I hope you can help me:) I'm trying to find out some info. I actually own mineral rights to 163 acres I don't not own the surface I found out today that the gas company is running gas lines where I own mineral rights. I'm trying to find out if where we own the mineral rights if we should be compensated it is it only the surface owner? I actually have a contract with an oil company rite now that expires in a couple of months that are wanting to drill and take oil from where we own the rights. It says in our contract we own all minerals gas, oil, coal or any thing of value under the surface. The man who is actually clearing the land for the gas company told us that they were running gas lines there. So we didn't know if you only get compensated when they are actually pulling gas from our rights or if its only the surface owner can you please help? I actually figured seeing how we were contacted that you only are paid if they are taking the gas from your rights not just because they run lines. Please any info will help. Thanks again

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If they're running gas lines across where you own minerals you will not be compensated for that, nor should you be because the right-of-way granted them has to do with running a pipeline across the land, not the minerals underneath. You will only be compensated when/if they are actually pulling from your rights, and you will know if that happens because they will tell you.

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.

Experience

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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