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Texas Mineral Rights

Texas Mineral Rights have a long history going back to the time when Texas was under the Spanish and Mexican flags. Texas mineral rights are even written in the state’s constitutions of 1869 and 1876. Under current Texas law, mineral rights can be severed from the surface rights and sold and transferred as a separate unit.

Also, Texas mineral rights may be produced by the owner or leased to an oil and gas company for production. Two-thirds of the counties in Texas produce oil or gas for their mineral rights owners. The first oil well in the state of Texas was the Spindletop discovered in 1901 south of Beaumont, Texas

Major Oil and Gas Fields in Texas

  • Bald Prairie Field
  • Carthage Field
  • Freestone Field
  • Hugoton Field
  • Newark East Field
  • Oak Hill Field
  • Pinon Field
  • Sawyer Field
  • Spraberry Trend Field
  • Stiles Ranch Field

Major Oil and Gas Producing Counties in Texas

  • Andrews County
  • Freestone County
  • Gaines County
  • Johnson County
  • Midland County
  • Panola County
  • Pecos County
  • Scurry County
  • Tarrant County
  • Yoakum County

Oil and Gas Companies Active in Texas

  • Apache
  • Chevron
  • COG Operating
  • Exxon Mobil
  • Hess Corporation
  • Kinder Morgan
  • Occidental Permian Limited
  • OXY USA
  • Pioneer Natural Resources
  • XTO Energy

Texas Mineral Rights Links

Railroad Commission of Texas: http://www.rrc.state.tx.us/

Additional Reading

  • Oil & Gas 101 – General information for mineral rights owners. Start here if you’re a newbie.
  • Barnett Shale Texas – Short article describing geology, location & counties within the Barnett Shale of Texas. Written for oil and gas mineral rights and royalty owners in TX.
  • Bossier Shale - Short article describing geology, location & counties within the Bossier Shale. Written for oil and gas mineral rights and royalty owners.
  • Eagle Ford Shale – Short article describing geology, location & counties within the Eagle Ford Shale. Written for oil and gas mineral rights and royalty owners.
  • Haynesville Shale Texas – Short article describing geology, location & counties within the Haynesville Shale of Texas. Written for oil and gas mineral rights and royalty owners in TX.