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Surface Rights vs. Mineral Rights in Oil and Gas

If you are considering buying a property or are currently a landowner, it’s important to understand your legal ownership level. Some sales include surface rights only, while others include surface and mineral rights to the land. Often, ...
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How to Calculate an Oil and Gas Royalty

Oil and gas royalties are some of the most important parts of the leases between production companies and landowners. Royalties refer to landowners’ shares of the gross production of oil and gas, typically free from production costs. Oil ...
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What's the Difference Between Quitclaim and Warranty Deeds?

Knowing about deeds is your right and responsibility as a property owner. A deed can completely change the ownership of a piece of land. It can pass property from your hands to those of a new buyer, or from your parents to you. There are ...
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An Overview of Oil and Gas Title Process

When oil and gas companies want to explore land for possible mineral deposits, they must come to an agreement with whoever owns the land before they can start. In America, land ownership and anything affecting the title depends on two ...
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How to Become a Landman in the Oil and Gas Industry

If you’re wondering how to become a landman in the oil and gas industry, you may hear many stories from industry veterans. Historically, landmen have come from a variety of backgrounds. Today, professional landmen often pursue a degree in ...
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ALTA Land Survey: Understanding How and When to Use the The ALTA/ACSM Process

A land survey is an important process for property owners, real estate buyers, landscapers, and developers. Land surveys reveal vital information about a piece of real property, such as its boundaries, physical features, potential ...
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The Importance of Historical Data

When most people think of historical data, they think of old documents, such as property deeds, or historical documents they studied in school. These types of historical data are vital, but don’t represent the entirety of what you should ...
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Oil and Gas Disaster Planning: the Roadmap to Success

Oil and gas companies have a social responsibility to keep their facilities safe, protecting the surrounding infrastructure and community. The volatile nature of the job makes the threat of disaster ever-present. Risk factors for disaster ...
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Why Should Landmen Get Certified?

As a landman, it’s your professional responsibility to be as knowledgeable about your craft as possible. Landowners rely on you to interpret their mineral deeds, identify legal problems, and develop appropriate solutions. Most property ...
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The History of the Railroad Commission of Texas

The Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC) is one of the oldest regulatory agencies in the country and the oldest in Texas. Established in 1891, the RRC has a long and interesting history overseeing the activities of several different ...
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