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My mother inherited to mineral rights ro Propery Ellanrd Dutcher SA UT Tr-8, Legal Description NW/4 SE/4 & N/2 W/2 NE/4 SW/4 of Section 19-16N-14E.  It is owned by relatives of the original owner who dies years ago and left it to them.  Some of them have passed and left it to their children, etc etc.  We have been trying to obtain information from Sunoco Partners Marketing & Terminals L.P. and have been getting nothing from them except the runaround.  We think it is oil and natural gas, but they are not sending us any information.  We would like to know who all the owners are, how much is being produced every year, who gave them authority to be in charge and disburse funds which is usually about .05 cents.  We would like a copy of the lease, and all the breakdowns, which are never given.   We  have sent in death certificates of those owners who have died and never get responses from any one.  Can you help us, or direct me to where I can get help to find out exactly what we have and where all the money is going?
Sherry Bays
, Karen McClanaham  , my email address is
bayssherry @hotmail.com
Thank you for your quick response.  Is there anything we can send to you or someone who can help us.????

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Sherry,
I regret to respond with: "Welcome to the world of mineral ownership"! You are not alone in your frustrating situation! There are many, many other mineral owners [including myself!!] that deal with these issues everyday. There's not many days that I don't say:
a) the laws were written by the Operators, in favor of the Operators
b) as a mineral owner, you own a 'passive' interest and are not in the driver's seat, so to say. You must:
  .....'wait and see' whether a well will be drilled
  ..... whether the well will be a good producer and
  ..... whether you will be paid this month or next month, or the next

First I'd like to say that Sunoco Partners Marketing & Terminals LP, may be the Operator, or they may only be the transporter of the oil/gas and they would not be able to answer your previous inquiries because they don't have the type of information you are requesting. The Operator of the well would be the one who has the ownership information.  

Here are my suggestions for your situation:
1)   Each state has an oil and gas commission internet site. Go to the site and find out who the Operator is for the wells producing in your section.  When you determine this, then
2)   Send a certified letter, return receipt requested, to the Operator(s) providing how the interest was inherited (go as far back as you can validly provide the dates of death for the owners), including a copy of the death certificates.  
3)   Be sure to provide the legal description of the property and provide them with your contact information (email, telephone number, and mailing address), and ask them to respond to your letter within the time frame allowed by law under the mineral code of your state.  
This should get the ball rolling with them.  

Kindest regards,  

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PLEASE READ CAREFULLY BEFORE SUBMITTING A QUESTION. I can answer all questions related to oil and gas ownership, mineral interests and working interests concerning the leasing and selling of your minerals, any questions concerning pipeline ROW's, units with the Louisiana Department of Conservation; pooling provisions, depth limitations, vertical or horizontal pugh clauses; and oil and gas terminology. I can offer assistance in negotiating for leasing your property, assisting in locating owners of suspended funds or to receive the best offer for your oil and gas interests, should you desire to sell. I am only able to answer questions regarding oil and gas leases, minerals, royalties, or offers to purchase mineral/royalty interests if I have complete information. Please provide a full legal description for your interest(s). If the question pertains to a lease, please include all terms of any current (or desired) lease offers, including lease bonus amount, royalty and lease term. If the question is regarding a mineral or royalty interest offer to purchase, please provide the offer amount, date of offer, other offer terms, and further details on the mineral/royalty interest, such as lease terms, and if producing, the average monthly income. Since I receive numerous inquiries daily, I am only able to answer your questions efficiently and effectively if I have complete information. I must decline any questions submitted with incomplete information. If your question is non-technical in nature and you simply need assistance understanding an oil and gas matter, please submit your question with as much information and detail as possible. Any background information that has led to your question is also very helpful.

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I have over 34 years experience as an Independent Petroleum Landman. I became a Landman after working as a paralegal for Oil & Gas Attorneys for 8 years. My first 2 years were spent specializing in Well History and Research with the Louisiana Department of Conservation, then moving into clearing title defects and handling title curative for oil and gas properties for the next 6 years. Subsequent thereto, I handled title issues, buying oil and gas leases and settling surface damages. I also acquired acreage for drilling prospects in excess of 10,000 acres. I also became a mineral/royalty owner commencing in 2004 and have found that I can help many people when they have reached the point in their lives they feel converting their minerals or royalties into a cash asset benefits them.

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American Association for Professional Landmen, ArkLaTex Assoc. of Professional Landmen, and Dallas Association of Professional Landmen (DAPL), Certified by the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)- South. This certification is one of the most widely recognized and respected certifications in the nation. This designation is reserved for only those women-led businesses that exemplify the characteristics of integrity and professionalism to which the WBENC adheres to so strictly.

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Attended LSU, became a Certified Professional Landman in 1994; Notary Public with dual authority in multiple parishes in North Louisiana; Bilingual in English and Greek

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Expert Oil & Gas Professional assisting attorneys representing landowners. Involved in 2 lawsuits and both suits were awarded to the landowner. Ilios Resources, Inc. has been awarded the Best of Shreveport Oil and Gas Mineral Buyer Award for 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012.

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Consultant Landman for Texas Oil & Gas (TXO Production Corp.), Anadarko Petroleum, Comstock Resources,Independent Geologists, Pipeline ROW Clients, and Oil & Gas Attorneys. For the past 5 years my practice is primarily an advocacy for the landowner. I also assist royalty owners recover suspended payments or incorrect royalty payments, or sell their mineral or royalty interest.

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