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Hello, I recently have located documents regarding an oil and gas lease in creek county Ok.  It is for three tracks of land.  I am listed as an heir and am interested in finding out more information on the subject.  I know virtually nothing about oil and mineral rights.  Any advise or suggestions would be appreciated.  I do have the land tract info if it is at all useful:

1) southeast quarter of southeast quarter (se1/4 se 1/4) of sect 22, township 15 North, range 9 east
2) northeast qtr of northeast qtr (ne1/4 ne 1/4) of sect 27, township 15 north, range 9 east.
3) northwest qtr of northwest qtr (nw1/4 nw1/4) of sect 27 township 15 north, range 9 east.

The documents are from may 1998
Thank you, Rhianna Miller

Answer
An old oil and gas lease signed by one of your relatives likely means they at one time or another owned some mineral rights in those sections. How much is unknown however, unless you can find other documentation showing the net acres they owned (only the gross acres leased from everyone are shown on the lease itself.)

There is no current well in Section 22, and a very small, and very old, well in the NW/4 of Section 27. You might attempt to contact Donald J. Sellers, who is listed as the operator of that well to see if they have your relative's name in their books. If so, then they may have been holding some royalty payments from this well for them at one point.

All ownership records would be on file at the Creek County Clerk's office. You could visit there (or hire someone to search for you) and trace the ownership of these sections to see if your relatives ever sold it. If not, and you are an heir, then you would now own them.

Check out www.mineralhub.com for more info on mineral rights if you are not familiar with them. The "Mineral Hub News" page has several articles you may be interested in, as well as the FAQ pages.

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.

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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.

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National Association of Royalty Owners (NARO); American Association of Professional Landmen (AAPL)

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National Association of Royalty Owners "Action Report" (ROAR); NADOA Magazine, The Mineral Hub, Landman Magazine, and several royalty owner association group's newsletters.

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Certified Mineral Manager (CMM), Registered Professional Landman (RPL)

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