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Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Thursday, September 29, 2016
Chesapeake, Samson, Memorial Resources, and other oil and gas operators have taken on some shady accounting methods. Mineral and royalty owners are losing a lot of money! Here's how.
Let's say Henry Hub natural gas price is $3.00. Let's assume that your operator's natural gas price is equivalent to the Henry Hub price. It might be higher or lower but we'll use that for simplicity. On your check stub, the oil company might show the gross price as $2.40. Well, guess what. By the stroke of a pen, $.60 just evaporated. And nobody even knows it unless they examine their check stub. $.60 divided by $3.00 is 20%. You just lost 20% right there. And then they have the audacity to make deductions on the stub beyond that. They might charge you for severe compression, dehydration or "transportation" charges. You may end up losing 1/3, 40%, even more by their shady accounting deductions. It didn’t use to be this way! Prior to the "shale revolution," operators might make minor deductions on natural gas checks... a few percent. It's getting worse with these modern-day royalty deductions. With some of this stuff, it is out and out fraud. And now, numerous lawsuits abound, and with good reason.
Some mineral owners / royalty owners have a "cost-free" clause in the oil & gas lease. This is a good thing, but still, companies like Chesapeake might just ignore it and make you sue them. Bad company! If you sign a new lease, make sure to get a good oil & gas attorney that practices oil and gas law IN YOUR STATE and have him/her draw up the strongest "cost-free royalty" clause one can devise! And hope they honor it.
Now, beyond that rant, realize that the Henry Hub is a broad generalization of what regional gas prices could be. The company might have a contract that is somewhat different. It is not simple, but believe me, CHK and other companies are ripping off mineral owners. In some states, one can join a class action suit, and that can be a good thing. Nobody likes lawsuits but these companies are ripping people off. We are being "pencil-whipped" with these bogus "transportation charges."
So far, I haven't noticed such royalty deductions with oil production, it's just for natural gas. Here is to hope that they don't start ripping us off with deductions on our oil checks!
Saturday, September 10, 2016
Recently, Apache Corporation drilled several wells in Reeves County and has established production of both oil and gas. So, what is the best position for a mineral owner? Should you elect to sell mineral rights you own or hold on for a payday? There is no simple answer. Mineral rights include the rights to oil and gas royalties. Which may or may not occur on your tract. For more on selling royalty rights (sell royalties -- the right to enjoy income from oil and gas production), here is more info.
The oilfield is fraught with risk and field development can take decades. As drilling progresses, production history might not be as rosy as first thought. Or, the price of oil or gas could crash, making rapid development cease. Politics can hamper development. Even competing energy sources, such as solar and wind, are gaining, and fast. Many risks are part of the picture. So, whether selling mineral rights or not is the right decision is a tough call. But the time required to earn significant money can make it an easy decision if one needs cash today. By holding out, there is no way to know if and when your tract will get drilled. It could easily be 20 years or even longer. And if nearby drilling produces poor results, it could condemn your acreage of virtually or even totally worthless. Risks in Reeves County are every real, and include more geological risk than in other areas due to a more complex local geology.
For mineral owners who want or need some extra cash for this or that, selling mineral rights in Reeves County, Texas can offer a solution. One can even sell a small portion of what is owned and keep the rest as a gamble that it will some day pay off even bigger. But, it can be a painless solution to raise cash money and it can be done pretty quickly.
Selling royalty rights for cash money is also available to those who own what is called a non-producing royalty interest (NPRI). The existence of NPRI rights is not than uncommon in Texas, including Reeves County.
By the way, we can also help you with selling mineral rights in counties surrounding Reeves County, Texas -- Culberson County, Jeff Davis County, Pecos County, Ward County, Winkler County and Loving County. Also, Lea County and Eddy County in New Mexico.
For those wanting some extra cash from a lump sum cash settlement, contact us if you are interested in discussing selling mineral rights in Reeves County Texas!
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
In oil and gas producing regions, I have observed an interesting thing about people and that is that they, invariably, will say "Oh, it'll be back," implying that oil prices will recover sooner than later. Oh, really? What about the collapse of 1986? By my account, it was about 17 years until the oil biz health improved dramatically. And 17 years is a very long time! Many a geologist, many an engineer, many a landman changed careers during that crash!
Oil fell a whopping 60% during the crash of 2014. What a disaster! Will it come back soon? Or do you find yourself asking "Should I sell mineral rights" now? I don't know! But take a look at this chart below.
The dark line is crude oil price, the blue line is an INVERSE U.S. Dollar. So, if the dollar strengthen, the line goes down. Notice the amazing correlation (inverse relationship) between crude oil and the dollar. Now, what is the dollar going to do over the next several years. At some point, many people will say that it will crash, that its value is not "real." I know one thing... it's almost impossible to predict! Some are saying that the rally during the spring of 2015 is over, that the dollar will now rise and oil will fall. Your guess is as good as mine regarding what crude oil prices will do long-term. And the relationship to the dollar is just one piece of the huge puzzle that is energy prices!
What does this inability to predict future prices mean to mineral owners? I get tons of inquiries about whether a mineral owner should sell mineral rights or not. Considering that often-asked question about selling mineral rights or not... it can be a very tough decision, with no easy answer, because we can't predict the future. But one thing is for sure -- cash money TODAY versus what might happen in the future can be a great move. If one needs or wants cash for whatever reason, and selling mineral rights can provide that cash, it can be a simple solution. I've sold before and I'm glad I did. I also have held mineral rights long-term. But, I might sell again. I am no spring chicken and cash money is tremendously appealing. We can't take it with us!
If you do have any interest in selling mineral rights or selling royalties, contact me. I have helped a LOT of people do that very thing, from small interests that sell for a few thousand dollars to large deals selling for over a million bucks. Good luck!
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
What Is Reasonable Term (Length) Of Oil & Gas Lease?
Mineral owners should be aware of how long some oil/gas companies will tie up your minerals via the terms of their lease. The lease primary term is the length of time the lease is in effect during which drilling operations must commence or one of three things will happen...
- The Lessee does commence drilling during the primary term and finishes the well. The Lessor would then collect royalties once production begins.
- The lease contract might have an option to renew for an additional period, extending the primary term.
- The lease will expire.
If your Lessee does drill and hits, the lease will be "held by production" -- "HBP." Hopefully, the Lessee will develop the remainder of your drilling unit in timely fashion. Unless you own minerals under a lot of land, you will not have any control over that. If you do own a lot of contiguous minerals (such as a farm or ranch), you might be able to negotiate continuous drilling operations provisions, which can ensure that additional wells are drilled within a certain time frame.
In most parts of the USA where there is active drilling, it is common to have the oil company offer to lease your land for a primary term of five years. Or maybe three years, plus an option for 2-3 years beyond that. So, the effect is a 5-6 year lease. You always prefer it to be as short a term as possible, but in most cases, five years is reasonable.
However, I have seen some leases where the Lessee is offering to lease for five years, plus a 5-year extension option. THIS IS TOO LONG -- DO NOT SIGN! Ten years is just too long to have your properties tied up.
If you ever get into a position to where you wish to sell mineral rights on your properties, an effective 10-year primary term is going to be very large negative. A mineral buyer is not going to like a 10-year term... that's a long time the Lessee can just sit there and do nothing. And if you never wish to sell mineral rights and just wait it out, ten years is a long time! If you sign that lease, the Lessee has the right to wait until over nine years has passed by before they even start planning to drill you a well. So, don't do it. Negotiate for a 5-year primary term only, with no option to extend.
Thursday, March 12, 2015
Sell Royalties In West Virginia (Sell Royalty Rights) / Sell Mineral Rights In West VirginiaIn West Virginia, like other states in the USA, mineral rights and royalty rights are not owned by the state under a landowner’s land (with a few exceptions); they are owned by the landowner or other individuals. In other countries, normally the sovereign state owns royalty rights, oil rights, gas rights and the right to enjoy mineral rights. Do you own mineral rights or royalty rights in West Virginia? Do you wish to sell mineral rights or sell royalties in West Virginia? We buy mineral rights, so, you can monetize these assets; we will pay a lump sum cash settlement to you. If you have been getting royalty checks from oil wells or gas wells, we can buy them regardless what West Virginia your mineral rights are in. We might choose to buy even if they are not producing royalties at this time. We also buy in other areas of West Virginia and other states but as far as West Virginia goes, we have a focus in the Marcellus shale play and the Utica shale play areas. If you wish to sell Marcellus shale mineral rights or wish to sell Utica shale mineral rights, the following is currently our focus area: - Sell Royalties Ohio County, West Virginia - Sell Royalty Rights Marshall County, West Virginia - Sell Hancock County, West Virginia Mineral Rights - Sell Gas Royalty Brooke County, West Virginia - Sell Ritchie County, West Virginia Mineral Rights - Sell Mineral Rights Doddridge County, West Virginia - Sell Gas Rights Harrison County, West Virginia - Sell Gas Royalties Wetzel County, West Virginia - Selling Gas Royalty Rights Tyler County, West Virginia Are you getting oil royalties or gas royalties from Wetzel County, WV? There are several oil companies or gas companies active, such as Statoil USA, EQT Production, Chesapeake Energy, Stone Energy, Trans Energy and Triad Hunter. For those wishing to sell mineral rights in Tyler County, WV, some of the above companies are active and we can add Antero Resources and Consol Gas. We buy royalties from those properties, too. In Harrison County, WV, it’s Antero, Statoil and Consol but also add Enervest, Dominion Transmission, XTO Energy, PDC Mountaineer and Hunt Marcellus to the mix. Active gas companies in Ritchie County, WV, Antero and EQT are the most active but also include Energy Corporation Of America. For Doddridge County, WV, gas companies include Jay-Bee Oil & Gas, Antero and EQT Production. In Marshall County, WV, sell mineral rights for properties operated by CNX Gas Company, Chesapeake Appalachia, Chevron Appalachia, Gastar Exploration, Noble Energy, Trans Energy and Stone Energy. If you wish to sell royalties from producing gas wells in Brooke County, West Virginia, we are interested; the primary operator is Chesapeake. For those looking for who buys mineral rights in Ohio County, WV, we do! The active operator is Chesapeake Appalachia. So, to recap, for those selling West Virginia mineral rights, we will buy properties operated by almost any oil company or gas company but the primary operators are: Chesapeake Appalachia, Statoil USA, EQT Production, Stone Energy, Trans Energy, Triad Hunter, Antero Resources, Consol Gas, Enervest, Dominion Transmission, XTO Energy, PDC Mountaineer, Hunt Marcellus, Energy Corporation Of America, Jay-Bee Oil & Gas, CNX Gas Company, Chevron Appalachia, Gastar Exploration and Noble Energy. There are other West Virginia counties where you can sell gas royalties, so, please contact us. Some parts of this region of West Virginia are in the Marcellus shale play and some have production from the Utica shale play. If you are interested in selling mineral rights or selling royalty rights (NPRI) in other West Virginia counties, please contact us. (If you wish to sell non-participating royalty rights – NPRI – we can buy most of the time.) In general, you can sell Marcellus mineral rights or sell Utica shale mineral rights to us. For those interested in selling Pennsylvania mineral rights (or selling Pennsylvania gas rights), please contact us. Same goes for selling Ohio mineral rights or selling Ohio royalty rights. It's not hard, we will show you how to sell mineral rights.
”Should I sell my mineral rights?”Mineral owners sell royalties for many reasons. It could be that they want to buy something or wish to retire. Or maybe their interest is small and they are tired of dealing with the paperwork. Perhaps the well that was drilled is not a good one and there isn’t enough income to make a difference in their life, but a sale would bring a lump sum. All gas wells decline perpetually – they deplete. There is nothing we can do about this! Your royalty check will continue to go down over time. So, don’t depend on it staying up where it was in the early days of production; those are the best months. Also, there is a lot of risk inherent to the oil and gas business. Whatever selling mineral rights or selling royalty rights will bring today… there is no assurance that tomorrow will be the same! Obviously, “should I sell my mineral rights” question does not have a cut and dried answer! Crashing oil/gas prices are no fun. Or the world could see a new technology that takes over a large part of our energy needs. This is a certainty at some point, we just don’t know when. But when this occurs, the value of mineral rights will go down a lot. We are a mineral rights buyer, but why do we buy? We buy lots of deals and make our company work by owning a lot of acreage -- thousands of acres crossing several states. This allows us to spread risk. Believe me, every deal we buy does not make money. Some are losers. We just hope to have more winners than losers over time. And we constantly monitor trends, so, we can only hope that we are able to sell out ourselves someday when the oil and gas era is coming to an end. But, who knows, it might be awhile, we just don’t know. Owning producing mineral rights (you are getting royalty checks), means you can sell. We buy mineral rights anywhere in the USA if it’s in an oil or gas producing region. Ritchie County, Tyler County, Wetzel County, Harrison County and other parts of West Virginia is just where we are focusing for awhile. We have bought and own mineral rights and royalties in Louisiana, Texas, Colorado, Wyoming, North Dakota, Mississippi, Arkansas, Utah, Pennsylvania, New Mexico, Kansas and other states. If you wish to sell mineral rights or sell royalties, contact us. Selling oil rights or selling gas rights is not hard because we do all of the work once you provide your oil and gas lease information. We are not just a mineral buyer in West Virginia and not just a royalty buyer in West Virginia, you can sell royalty rights in many part of the USA. And for a good explanation of how to sell mineral rights, visit here.
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Wednesday, March 11, 2015
How To Sell Lincoln Parish LA Royalties / Mineral RightsAre you interested in selling Lincoln Parish mineral rights? Are you wondering who buys mineral rights or who buys royalties in the Terryville field (gas field) or Hico-Knowles field? People have many reasons… they tire of dealing with the paperwork, they want to buy something, perhaps it’s too much trouble, perhaps they need money for some reason and selling mineral rights does not affect their land, etc. Whatever the reason, if you wish to sell royalty rights in Lincoln Parish, we buy there. The Lincoln Parish, Louisiana parish seat (county seat) is Ruston, LA. The parish has quite a bit of natural gas production, and it is primarily from the Cotton Valley formation and Hosston zone. There are many gas fields in Lincoln Parish, including: • Hico-Knowles gas field • Terryville gas field • Ruston gas field • West Simsboro gas field • Choudrant gas field • Tremont gas field Who buys mineral rights in Lincoln Parish, Louisiana? Our company will buy royalty rights and also buy mineral rights in Lincoln Parish. If you would like to sell mineral rights or sell royalties located in Lincoln Parish LA, or near the following towns, please contact us: • Ruston, LA • Simsboro, LA • Dubach, LA • Vienna, LA We also might wish to buy mineral rights or buy royalty rights in another parish, even if not shown. Active oil and gas companies in Lincoln Parish include Wildhorse Resources / Memorial Production Partners, Questar (QEP Energy), Nadel & Gussman, XTO Energy, Rabalais Oil and others. Geological features in Lincoln Parish include the North Louisiana Salt Basin and some anticline structures. There are several productive zones and gas fields but, the Cotton Valley sand is the most widespread zone. The Hosston sand is also found productive in many areas. Please contact us if you are selling mineral rights from this area; you can also sell gas royalties, too. Selling mineral rights in Lincoln Parish, LA is not hard! All you really have to do is provide us with basic info about your mineral rights or gas royalties and we do the rest! Contact Info: We pay a lump sum for mineral rights and royalties and pay all closing costs. Please call the number below and speak with Bill, an easy-to-work-with expert who has over 35 years experience and has bought thousands of acres and has paid out many millions of dollars to selling mineral owners: Ph 318-426-0909 Ph 800-664-7650 (Ask for Bill) You may also fill out the form below if you wish to sell gas rights in Lincoln Parish. If you do so, please describe the mineral rights or royalty rights that you have so that we can properly determine your lump sum payment. >>> CLICK HERE <<< for contact form.
Monday, January 12, 2015
Thursday, March 20, 2014
Regarding leasing mineral rights for an oil and gas lease or selling mineral rights, it is human nature to ask 'What is the going rate in my area?' And the answer is 'whatever you can get.' Not trying to be flippant but relying on a 'going rate' can cost you a fortune. Only luck and fate are really in control. Just because somebody near you got a certain amount per acre doesn't mean you will. There are many factors that come into play. It might even be that you can't get an offer for your mineral rights. Again, each tract has its own certain set of circumstances. I have seen people get an offer, a good offer, and hold out because somebody nearby got more and end up getting nothing because the offer disappeared. The oil business is very fickle, be careful of falling into this trap. And in certain states, such as Texas and others, the mineral owner can effectively get 'cut out' of enjoying royalties for a long time and sometimes forever. It's impossible to cover all situations one might run across. Sometimes, a mineral owner lucks out by holding out for more; just remember than any offer must be carefully considered because it might be the last. There is no rule or law governing what one might get for an oil and gas lease or to sell mineral rights. It's just a free market, so, we are back to the answer being 'whatever you can get!' And, in fact, unlike real estate, prices paid for an oil and gas lease or an amount paid to sell mineral rights is not public information. In certain states, the amount paid for state leases is tracked but that does not mean one can get that same amount for his tract. I wish it were more definitive, but it's not!
In areas with a lot of competition for an oil and gas lease from different oil companies, a rate range is sometimes discernible but it varies widely! Nothing is certain in oil and gas. Also, the smaller the tract, the less leverage one has. It's a huge challenge and impossible to 'know' what is best to do. But try not to fall into the trap of relying on any 'going rate.' As for selling mineral rights, same thing applies, each tract is different and a buyer is going to analyze it with many factors in mind to assess the mineral rights value. With all of this in mind, it's best to consult an expert, someone with many years of experience, regarding value. Good luck!
P.S. Lastly, a 'signing bonus,' a 'lease bonus,' is only one factor to consider. There are other important parts to an oil and gas lease other than the amount paid to sign. If you are not experienced in oil and gas matters, hire a pro!
Friday, March 7, 2014
Sometimes one has cash needs for various things in life. An option for landowners and mineral owners (some people only own mineral rights and no surface rights) is selling mineral rights. Mineral rights owners have the right to receive oil royalties and gas royalties from oil wells and/or gas wells drilled on their land or a drilling unit which is pooled with their land. This right has a cash value. It is a lump sum cash settlement for potential future royalties and may be a minor amount or a large amount if in an area with high potential for oil and gas production.
We buy mineral rights to add to our significant mineral portfolio in the United States. Over time, we have made this 'work,' meaning we're not 'in the red' overall because we buy a lot of properties to spread risk. Not every deal turns out good for us. And those lucky mineral owners came out smelling like a rose! It's a crapshoot. Even in large fields where a lot of wells are productive, often, the well does not produce as much as anticipated and we lose money on the purchase. On others, we do well. It works for us due to owning thousands of acres across many states. No particular deal will break us. So, the reverse of that is a mineral owner having one tract... that is having all your eggs in one basket. Some people choose to sell to take the sure thing -- cash. It's also possible, depending on size of the tract, for us to buy a portion of what one owns. You can sell and take the cash for the part you sell and gamble on the rest that it turns out good down the way.
SELL MISSISSIPPI MINERAL RIGHTS
We might be interested in buying your mineral rights in any part of Mississippi. If they are producing, meaning you are receiving oil royalties or gas royalties, you can sell oil royalties and we can definitely buy them. If non-producing, give us a call, as well, we might be interested. At this time, we are primarily interested in areas which have some potential for the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale. Several oil companies are interested in the area and have acquired oil and gas leases and have drilled some wells -- Encana, Goodrich, Halcon, Sanchez, EOG, etc. This potential fairway lies in southwest Mississippi counties and we are primarily interested in Wilkinson County, Amite County and Pike County. Possibly a bit of southern Walthall County. Our focus at this time is for those who wish to sell Amite County MS mineral rights and those who wish to sell Wilkinson County, MS mineral rights. If you are interested in selling mineral rights in Mississippi, please give me a call, I'll be happy to work with you on it.
Saturday, February 22, 2014
This is amazing and a caution for those who own mineral rights. Not once, but THREE times last week, I discovered that an oil company operator is either not paying me right or not paying me at all! I have many properties all over the USA which I have accumulated over a long period of time. Here are the stories.
Story 1 -- A lady called me and wanted to buy her mineral rights in Colorado. We came to an agreement and I bought her out. I sent the paperwork to the operator (a very large global company), and they began paying me. No problems. Then, months later, the brother decided he wanted to sell. We made a deal, I bought him out and sent the operator the papers. But this time, it had changed hands and was owned by a small operator. After about three months, it dawned on me that I was not receiving royalties for the brother's part. I notified them and found out that they had been continuing to send the royalties to the brother! He didn't tell me and they didn't either. If I had not caught it, they would STILL be sending him the checks. I showed them copies of my letter from months ago. Oops, she said, okay, we'll start paying you. I said, Fine, but you have to pay me my back royalties, too, you made the mistake! She said, Well, we can't pay you for what somebody else has already received. I said Au Contrare! Yes, you can and yes, you will, that's MY money! Just because your company goofed up is not my concern! So, now we have a battle going on. I'll get the money.
Story 2 -- Similar situation. Somebody in Texas wanted me to buy them out. I did so, sent the papers to the operator. That was months ago. This past week, another member of the seller's family notified me that he had received his first check. I told him I had not even received a division order! So, I notified the company, another huge company. Oops, the landman said, I guess we made a mistake and missed that deed. So, they had sent a division order and check to the previous owner!
Story 3 -- About five years ago, I bought an interest in Louisiana. About three years ago, they drilled the tract and I have been receiving royalties ever since. Now, the operator notifies me that they had missed a deed where I sold part of my interest. (I sent them copies way back when.) So, all of this time, they have been overpaying me. Reason I didn't catch it is because the title on that deal is a can of worms, it's complicated. But it's simple for them to simply transfer a portion of whatever I owned to the man I sold part of my interest to. But, they missed it. I own a lot of properties, it's hard to keep up with all of this! But, I do try to monitor things. Bottom line is they are going to have to deduct years of royalties from my account because I want them to pay my grantee what he is owed and make him whole. Good news is they agreed to do so.
So, lesson learned is that one has to be careful! As for me, just more proof that managing producing minerals is a never-ending battle to be paid correctly!
Saturday, July 6, 2013
Based on his balance owed, how many acres he had, the location within the shale play, the royalty percentage in the oil & gas lease and some other factors, I was immediately taken aback. After having spent considerable time with him during the "interview," I was aghast that he thought his mineral rights would bring that much money. I knew they wouldn't. Not even close! So, I clarified that he was, indeed, hoping to get that much money, and then said "I sure wish I could help you out here but we're going to be much too far apart. They are not worth near that amount of money. The market won't pay near that much." And then I explained that the market is the barometer. Minerals are worth what the market says they are worth, in general. Sometimes, you can't even find a buyer, but when you can, a sale will never be for several times what the market is for like minerals. Unless the buyer is a buffoon!
The man agreed with all of that and I could tell he was disappointed. But, that was pretty much the end of it, I couldn't help him.
He then said that he'd just keep signing an oil & gas lease on them every five years and enjoy the lease bonus. I knew that he had suffered medical problems and needed money, so, I politely told him not to count on more lease bonus money, it might not come around again. I told him he could just sit and hope that the current Lessee drills and hits. But to realize that there is risk. I then pointed him to this site -- http://www.whysellmineralrights.com -- it has a pretty comprehensive discussion of the risks involved and factors to consider, whether to sell mineral rights or not. We then ended the conversation amicably and I wished him well.
I suppose the moral of this story is that those thinking of selling mineral rights need to understand market value, and to never count on lease bonus money coming around on a regular basis. Because more than likely, it won't. Good luck, mineral owners!