Thursday, February 8, 2018
Certain tracts of land in that part of Wilkinson County, Amite County and southwest Pike County right along the Louisiana line might be prospective for oil and gas exploration. It is part of an oil 'play' called the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale or "TMS" for short. The TMS is a geologic formation that is known to contain oil but as of yet, has not proven itself to be widely commercial. "Commercial" meaning it makes a profit for the oil company drilling wells in that area.
The TMS has seen dozens of wells drilled over the past couple of decades. Some production was found and in a few places, it's pretty good, as far as oil wells go. In a lot of places, it's not good. Drilling has identified an area that will produce oil, it's just a matter of can the oil companies do it and make a profit. So far, they have tucked their tails between their legs and ran away!
But one company from Australia is willing to take another shot at it. The company is called Australis Oil & Gas Limited and they have formed a subsidiary to try the TMS called Australis TMS Inc. The company bought the oil leases owned by Encana Corporation, one of the companies that gave up.
Another company which has already tried many times in the TMS by drilling deep, expensive wells after securing oil leases from mineral rights owners is Goodrich Oil. They still hold quite a leasehold in the play. Here's to hope that Australis or Goodrich (or somebody!) can figure it out.
If you own mineral rights in southern Amite County (oil rights) or southeast Wilkinson County along the Louisiana line and don't wish to wait any longer for something great to happen in the TMS, you can also sell mineral rights and enjoy sure-thing cash. In some instances, it does not matter if your tract is leased or not. You may be able to sell either way. There is no way to know if the TMS will work out or not, so, for many, it's a great way to enjoy a big cash payday. Or, you can also sell, say, half of your oil rights and gamble with the other half that the TMS turns out good!
To find out if selling mineral rights in Amite County or selling mineral rights in Wilkinson County is an option for you, contact me through the form at the Upper Right section of this page or give me a call and I'll be glad to discuss it with you. Phone number is 318-426-0909.
Good luck to all!
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Many mineral owners / royalty owners are paid royalties on natural gas wells, or oil wells that also produce natural gas. And many have the erroneous perception, or assumption, that the wildly fluctuating natural gas futures price is cause for great angst. In large part, I don't think it really works that way. Natural gas futures prices indirectly affect the natural gas settlement price which is posted before the first of each month. What is the settlement price?
Royalty owners are usually paid based on one price for the entire month, and most natural gas contracts that their oil well or gas well operator is subject to are based on the settlement price which was set for the subject month. I don't know who makes the settlement price... some Grand Wizard Of Natural Gas... but it's posted online on various websites.
When is the natural gas settlement price posted? Answer -- it is posted upon the close of the market on the third business day before the first of the next month. So, for the July 2017 settlement price, for example, it will be posted in the afternoon of Wednesday, June 28, 2017.
Once a settlement price is posted, you can quit worrying about the volatility of prices for almost a whole month. All the futures price does is give you heartburn. Although, as mentioned, futures price trends do affect future settlement prices. But if price goes down a lot early in the month, there's a chance it could rise back up before month's end. Usually, the settlement price will be pretty close to the futures price at the end of the month; although, I have seen it be several percent lower, to my chagrin!
Sunday, June 25, 2017
For the next year or two, several East Texas counties are in our expansion area:
- Angelina County
- San Augustine County
- Nacogdoches County
- Shelby County
- Panola County
- Harrison County
We are very active and certainly can serve as your mineral rights buyer in San Augustine county and the other counties. Let us know if you are interested in selling East Texas mineral rights, regardless where they are. We can buy mineral rights if they are not producing any income or those that are also producing royalties from an oil and gas lease.
You can also check this website, as it provides additional information. To recap, you may definitely sell East Texas mineral rights in Angelina County, sell San Augustine County mineral rights or royalty rights (sell oil and gas rights), and also in Nacogdoches County, Panola County, Shelby County and Harrison County, Texas. We can purchase as little as a few acres for those selling mineral rights in San Augustine county and the other counties. Please contact us and let's discuss!
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
- Blaine County
- Dewey County
- Major County
- Kingfisher County
- Canadian County
- Grady County
- McClain County
- Stephens County
- Garvin County
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!