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What is a “good” oil and gas lease royalty?

15 November 2019

Many owners wonder what’s a “good” oil and gas lease royalty is. It depends on several factors, but in general you should be able to lease your oil and gas mineral rights for be…

Buyer Tactics: Fraudulent Leases

10 October 2019

A few years ago, a new tactic popped up as a way to get unsuspecting sellers to part with their minerals: oil and gas “leases” that were actually royalty deeds.

Why Pick on Hess?

04 October 2019

The Journal recently published an analysis of shale wells, suggesting among other things that production is declining due to wells “being drilled too close to one another” and “…

Buyer Tactics: Offers for Minerals You Don’t Own

03 October 2019

Here’s the truth: if one company wants to buy your minerals, there’s a very good chance other companies do as well. But many companies don’t want you shopping around or comparin…

Buyer Tactics: Bank Drafts

24 September 2019

If you own minerals, chances are you’ve received a bank draft. It’s usually attached to the bottom of a letter and looks like a check. But it’s actually a contract. When you dep…

What Is a Mineral Lease?

19 September 2019

Most mineral owners do not develop their mineral rights themselves. Instead, they “lease” the mineral right to oil and gas operators (sometimes called exploration and production…

Pooling, Unitization, and Allocation Wells

10 September 2019

Pooling and unitization are two legal structures that allow for the combination of mineral interests or leases. They are very similar and are often used interchangeably, though …

Understanding Royalty Checks

20 August 2019

Understanding royalty checks from an operator can be a nightmare for many oil and gas owners. A good understanding of these checks is key to comprehending the risks and expectat…

Buyer Tactics: No-Cash Flipping

20 August 2019

Many mineral companies don’t have their own funds, but instead act as “brokers” that flip your minerals to another buyer.

How Should I Evaluate Selling My Mineral Rights?

02 August 2019

We can’t advise you on your financial decisions, but we do know one thing: In general, if someone wants to buy your minerals, it’s because they think they can make a profit. So …