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I own mineral rights in section 23 and section 24 Pittsburgh Co., OK For the past 9 yrs. Chesapeake Production has had it under lease. It was due for another lease in 2012 which they didn't renew. Recently, it has come to my attention that the records in the courthouse show it is leased. What steps should I take to change that,  could that stop another company from leasing and isn't that the responsibility of Chesapeake to either pay for a lease or remove that information?

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You could file a "notice" of record in the courthouse stating why you think it is NOT leased currently, notwithstanding there are records showing it is leased apparently. What specific records show it is leased currently? If they drilled a producing well on the land before the primary term in your previous lease expired, then that lease would continue for as long as there is production from the leased premises. If no producing well were commenced during that primary term then the lease would have expired at the end of such term and unless you signed another lease with someone else should not be showing "leased" now.

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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