Welcome

Congratulations on finding us!  If you’re like most of the people who find this website, you didn’t know you owned oil and gas rights until just a few days ago.  You probably didn’t even know what oil and gas rights were.

Then someone either called you out of the blue or sent you a letter explaining that your great-great grandpa owned minerals in West Virginia.  West Virginia?  Where’s that? you probably asked yourself.

That someone (called a landman, as I’m sure they explained to you) went on to explain that your great-great grandpa (or some other ancestor) lived in West Virginia at one point and owned West Virginia mineral rights when he passed away.  Those mineral rights passed down to his heirs, and you are one of his heirs.  You are now the proud, if a little confused, owner of mineral rights in West wherever-that-is Virginia.

To complicate things, the landman is asking you to sign a lease, and maybe an Affidavit of Heirship, and probably a couple other documents related to the lease.

What does this lease say? you’re wondering to yourself.  Am I getting myself into a liability issue?  Are they paying me what it’s worth?  Is fracking OK or am I messing up some poor West Virginian’s life?  Am I the new Jed Clampett?!?

So many questions….so few answers!  Until you found this web site…..

We’re here to help you understand what’s going on.  We’ll answer all those questions and quite a few you didn’t even know you had.

We’ll help you understand what a lease is and how it’s going to affect you.

We’ll help you fell confident that you are doing the right thing, whether that’s ignoring the landman completely or working with the landman to sign a lease and get the rest of your family to sign up, too.

We’ll help you have peace of mind, knowing that you haven’t taken too low a price or gotten yourself into a bad liability situation.

We’ll help you look into the future and predict whether you’re going to be able to retire on your new income or…just be able to buy a burger at McDonalds every once in a while.

We’ll help you decide whether the environmental issues are something for you to consider or not.

We’ll help you know whether to put your mineral rights into a family trust for protection.

We’ll give you some practical advice on how to negotiate with the landman if that’s all you need.

For that matter, we can do all the negotiating for you.  All you’ll ever have to do is sign the final document and mail it back to us.

Whatever it is you need help with, we will do.  We have the experience, the knowledge, the expertise, and the training to take care of all your oil and gas issues.

By the way, we don’t work for the oil and gas companies.  We keep ourselves out of that kind of work so that we don’t have conflicts of interest.

 

20 thoughts on “Welcome

  1. Can a gas company drill without ratification of lease for polling on track of gas and oil of a old 1920 lease I own 1/6 of 75 acres

    • I think that I just answered this same question in the last comment. If not, call the office at 304-473-1403 and we can talk about your situation.

  2. looking for answers radification of lease for pooling 1/6 interest signature required yes or no? has well on held by production 1920 lease

    • Yes, signature required, unless you’re in the 2nd Circuit (Wetzel, Tyler, Marshall counties), then there’s a very recent decision that says a modification isn’t necessary for pooling. Supreme Court hasn’t looked at that decision yet, and it could be overturned. The reasoning is solid, but there is solid reasoning the other way too.

  3. Antero Resources is wanting to lease my portion of the Thomas Madison Shuttlesworth. 6-7 areas in Wetzel, Dodridge, Tyler, Ritchie Co of W.V. I need help. I dont trust them.

    • You should have some good negotiating leverage if your interests are large. We can definitely put together a better lease for you. The standard offer that they will present to you is always in the company’s favor, but they are willing to make changes. Once you have paperwork from Antero, give the office a call and we’ll see what we can do to protect you. 304-473-1403.

  4. My brother and I own land in Cabell County. We were contacted last you to grant access for an environmental study. We agreed.
    Tuesday, a man called stated he wants to meet with us. He has a check “for several thousand dollars, but it’s negotiable”
    He wants to meet with us on Monday 11th. Not much notice, huh?
    IDK. I was tempted to ask for an email to see if it had a Nigerian IP address

    • Probably the Mountaineer Xpress pipline. I don’t know of anything else happening out that direction. Cabot has been drilling an experimental well in Putnam County, the Cabot 50, to the Rogersville Shale. The Rogersville won’t get developed until gas prices get around $5/MCF or maybe higher for an extended length of time. I don’t see that happening for several years at least. So it must be the pipeline. Call if you want some help with that. 304-473-1403. Negotiating leases and pipeline easements is what we do around here.

  5. I have minerals in Ritchie county and Noble energy stated a well on the land of my minerals rights .But pull out in February of 2014 They drill two other well and stated on my then left. Will they be coming back to Ritchie county anytime soon

    • I was out in Ritchie County yesterday, and could see two drilling rigs from Route 50. Drilling isn’t going crazy in Ritchie, but there’s still work going on there. It’s impossible to say when Noble will get back to work on yours though. The best you can do is continue to call them and see what info you can get out of them.

  6. Do i have time to file a clay heirs excemption. And i was notified about. historic rights ,bit i need help

    • I’ll need a lot more detail. Is this a tax issue or something else? When were you notified? What were you notified about? This is the kind of thing that may have a statute of limitations, so you should probably call the office quick. 304-473-1403.

  7. Kyle I own 33 1/3 mineral rights that’s leased by Antero Resources . My lease is up in 15 months, and It’s in Tyler Co. WV. The question I have is the land man from Tyler co sent me a modification for pooling with 84 people in and around our unit. They are supposed to only have one well and it doesn’t seem like a very good deal. Could you please give me advice. I would really appreciate some advice.

    • I’ll need a little more detail. Is it an Antero lease that they want to modify, or an older lease that Antero bought from another company? Have they already drilled a well, or is this a situation where they were saying they would only drill one well when the started and are now saying that they want to drill more when they get started?

  8. Hi Kyle, It seems there is some activity in Richie County these days. Do you see this moving into Wirt County anytime soon? My siblings and I own a fairly significant amount of mineral acreage there.

    Thanks, Gary

    • It’s probably not moving in to Wirt County. Wirt doesn’t seem to be a big place for oil and gas development yet. Wirt does have the Mountaineer Xpress pipeline coming through, but that will only affect the surface owners right along the pipeline path.

  9. My sister and I were contacted in September 2015 in regards to our heir to family rights. This process has been in affect for almost a year now. The only documents we have signed are the affidavit. I have made several phone calls with months in between to our landman. I am getting the same response every time I call which is the title work is not finished yet. I know nothing really about the process but somehow feel that it should be finished by now. Is this a normal situation?

    • Doing the research at the courthouse record room doesn’t take long. Finding all the heirs can and does. It can take a long time to find info on one line of the family. They have to assume that there are heirs, until they can prove there aren’t. If they’re still in the process of researching the heirs they won’t be able to make a determination regarding how much each line of the family owns. That’s probably what’s taking a long time. Oh, and they don’t have nearly as many landmen working for them now so they could be waiting on somebody to do the courthouse record room research. It’s hard to tell, honestly.

  10. hi, we own mineral rights on a small 4 acre parcel right in the middle of many acres NNE plans to horizontally drill. we were trying to negotiate fees, percentage, post production costs etc, when all the sudden the landman said the co isn’t interested in negotiations anymore! He had said something previously about donut holing, going around ours with a map that showed 5″lakes”? some of family signed their lease. How can we make sure the don’t steal our gas? It’s in clay district and there is acerage all around ours. Since we asked for more, they dropped us! what about those who did sign the lease? we can’t afford a lawyer to handle it, and don’t even know how to find our 4acres! what can we do? thank you!

    • It’s time for you to get familiar with the WV DEP’s Office of Oil and Gas website. Keep an eye out on Northeast Natural Energy’s filings and look for your property. Also, keep in touch with the part of the family that did sign leases. They’ll be able to let you know if they receive royalty payments. If they put a well under or within 300 feet of your property they should owe you some money.

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