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Maybe I don't understand the operational side enough...Once drilling is completed with an oil/gas well and the well is at a point where  employees from the well operator are no longer around, does the surface owner have any responsibilities to notify the operator of visible well problems(e.g. the well is on fire)??
The surface owner obviously would if they had a direct financial interest in the well and the minerals it produces, but perhaps they don't have any interest, and therefore aren't motivated to do anything about it.

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If you see a well on fire I would definitely call 911 unless the fire is due only to "gas flaring" that is normally done on some oil wells. I would guess it's the same "responsibility" you'd have if you saw a car on fire on the highway. I would also alert the operator of the well if you noticed any leaks or anything. After all you don't want the well polluting your land, right? Whether it's actually your "responsibility" to do so is something you'd want to ask an attorney I suppose.

If the well is still producing oil or gas I'm sure the operator of the well has people come and check on it from time-to-time and do maintenance etc. If the well is abandoned then you should contact the previous operator and tell them they need to come and clean up the site.

Hope this helps you out.
Frederick M. "Mick" Scott

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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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