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Hi ive inherited mineral rights in beckham county Oklahoma with about 15 other relatives I live in California was sent an oil lease from apache oil but then they said elk city wont permit anymore drilling now I looked up court papers and saw that my sister and brother that live in Oklahoma have oil leases filed the legal description of it is s21 t11n r21w, how do I find out about all this where do I start? Thank you, Melony

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I don't understand what you are trying to tell me here, or what specific information you are asking for.  An oil and gas lease is a contract that requires your signature to be witnessed, and it is always sent along with either a check or a draft for an amount of money called a "signing bonus".  You don't mention anything about getting a check or draft from Apache along with the lease, so maybe it wasn't a lease that you received.  Before I can help you, I need to know what you received from Apache.  Also, Elk City doesn't issue oil and gas drilling permits, only the Oklahoma Corporation Commission in Oklahoma City does that, so I don't understand why anyone at Apache would mention anything to you about Elk City.  Then you say you "looked up court papers and saw that my sister and brother that live in Oklahoma have oil leased filed".  Oil and gas leases are not filed with a court, they are filed in the deed records, or official records, or oil and gas records in Beckham County where your land is located.  Did you go online to a deed records database like CourthouseDirect.com or DrillingInfo.com to look at the Beckham County Deed Records?  Then you ask "how do I find out about all this", but I don't know what "this" is.  If you will ask a follow-up question and answer these specific questions for me, I may be able to help you:

1.  What is the title of the document (at the top of it) that Apache sent you?
2.  Does it have a place for you to sign it?
3.  Does it have a place for a notary public to sign after you sign it?
4.  Did you receive a check or a draft for an amount of money, along with this document?
5.  Do you remember the title of the person you talked to at Apache who told you that Elk City won't permit any more drilling now? (Landman, engineer, etc.)

Once I have answers to these questions I'll be glad to help you figure out what to do next.

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Marsha Breazeale, M.Ed., CDOA, CPLTA

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All questions regarding division orders; ownership decimal calculations; title ownership and payer record changes (testate/intestate inheritance; deed; assignment; court order); oil and gas lease analysis for record-keeping and purposes of payment by operator or payer; pooling, horizontal wells, horizontal well allocation units; unclaimed property reporting; royalty owner relations questions. All questions concerning administration of surface land contracts and payment questions, such as for Surface Right-of-Way, Sub-Surface Right-of-Way, Easement, Surface Use Agreement. All questions regarding industry-standard and company-specific policies that affect land owners.

Experience

Sr. Staff Division Order Analyst. Certified Division Order Analyst (CDOA, National Association of Division Order Analysts) and Certified Lease Analyst (CPLTA, National Association of Professional Lease and Title Analysts) with 35 years of experience as a combination division order analyst and lease analyst in exploration and production in the oil and gas industry.

Organizations
National Assoc. of Division Order Analysts (NADOA), National Association of Division Order Analysts (NALTA), American Association of Professional Landmen (AAPL), American Society of Trainers and Developers (ASTD)

Publications
"How an Oil & Gas Exploration & Production Company Operates" and "Principles of Oil & Gas Lease Analysis: Standard Clauses", Oil Patch Press; Articles in NADOA Magazine; LandFocus EDU Professional Training Manuals

Education/Credentials
B.A.in Management from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio; M.Ed. in Instructional Design from WGU Texas.

Past/Present Clients
Past 15 years: GeoSouthern Energy Corporation; Contango Oil Co./Crimson Exploration & Operating Inc.; Apache Corporation; BP America; Marathon Oil; Newfield Exploration

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