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Unpacking the Drill Site Runsheet

When it comes time to drill the well, the oil and gas company must be absolutely sure that it has every right to do so. There should be no surprise owners. There should be nobody waiting in the wings to grab part of the production that ...
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What Is a Production Sharing Agreement?

Of all the legal contracts in the oil and gas industry, one of the most significant is the production sharing agreement. It’s used as an instrument by all parties to realize a quick return on their investments and increase revenue as much ...
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How to Sell Your Property When You've Leased the Mineral Rights

You have a piece of land that has been pretty good to you. Maybe it was good pastureland or grew terrific crops. Plus, it came with a bonus - you got a lucrative mineral lease from an oil or gas company that developed a productive well. ...
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The Difference Between Pooling and Unitization

While pooling and unitization are often used interchangeably, they are not the same thing. Oil and gas operators (lessees) look for the most cost-effective way to get the most mineral out of the ground. Mineral owners (lessors) look for ...
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What is Leasehold Interest?

The array of ownership and leasing agreements surrounding mineral interests can be a bit dazzling. There are so many ways mineral interests can be bought, leased, shared, and otherwise contracted, it can cause confusion even among ...
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What Is the Mineral Interests Pooling Act of Texas?

In states with mineral interests, the idea of forced pooling continues to be controversial. Individuals and groups in Ohio, Colorado, and Pennsylvania have gone to court to fight forced mineral pooling of their mineral interests. 
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Landowner Rights in Conflict – The Issue of Forced Pooling

Forced pooling has been a hot courtroom issue of late in oil and gas producing regions. At issue is the balance between efficient retrieval of minerals and individual property rights. Since pooling is governed at the state level, there are ...
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Your Guide to a Successful Summer NAPE (2019)

The CourthouseDirect.com team will be a the North American Prospect Expo (NAPE) August 21 - 22, 2019 in Houston, TX, at the George R. Brown Convention Center.
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What Challenges Do Landmen Face on the Job?

Landmen in the oil and gas industry are those individuals who work as title abstractors, as well as in land acquisition and asset management, and research. In short, a landman is a researcher and negotiator. They analyze tremendous amounts ...
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What You Need to Know about Abstract of Title

The term Abstract of Title seems to cause confusion for many people, even those in property-based industries like real estate and minerals. Most people run across the term when purchasing a home, which is a rare even in someone’s lifetime ...
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