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I HAVE PROPERTY 100 AC AND I HAVE LEASED THE MINERAL RIGHTS TO HG ENERGY AS I STAND ON MY PROPERTY I CAN SEE 3 HORAZONTAL WELLS THAT ARE ALL THREE LESS THAN A MILE FROM MY PROPERTY ARE THE PEOPLE WITHIN A CERTIAN RADIUS OF THE PAD INCLUDED FOR PAYMENT OF ROYALTIES? I LIVE IN WEST VIRGINIA, HOW DO THEY DECIDE WHAT PROPERTIES ARE POOLED TOGETHER FOR EACH WELL? IS THE WELL IN THE CENTER AND THE PROPERTY WITHIN SO MANY FEET IS INCLUDED?

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Horizontal wells have a beginning and ending point and typically the acreage/minerals within a predefined number of feet (perhaps 300-500' on either side of the wellbore) will be included in the "unit" for the purposes of paying royalty.

Each state and each zone have different rules for who are to be included in the unit.  You should feel free to call the state oil and gas commission (in the state in which your property is located) and ask them for additional specific information related to the wells close to your property.

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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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Multiple oil and gas topical columns on ezine.com.

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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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