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Happy Thanksgiving!

by Elizabeth Alford on November 26, 2015


Wishing you a happy holiday with family and friends. Happy Thanksgiving from the MineralWise team!

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Arkansas Mineral Owners Sue for Unlawful Royalty Deductions

by Elizabeth Alford on November 24, 2015

Arkansas mineral owners have formed a class action lawsuit to gain back unlawful royalty deductions.

Related:ConocoPhillips Refuses to Pay Mineral Owners

Royalty owners in Faulkner, Conway and Van Buren counties AK are banding together to accuse several oil and gas operators of cheating them on their oil, gas and mineral interests. 88 defendants have filed suit against SouthWestern Energy Company, SWN Production LLC, SEECO Inc., DeSoto Gathering Company LLC and SWN Energy Services Company LLC, according to the Log Cabin Democrat.

Plaintiffs claim they were charged unreasonable, inflated, fictitious, improper and unlawful royalty deductions and are seeking reimbursement. Claims against these oil and gas companies include:

  • Charges for an artificial inflation of deductions against monies owed to plaintiffs, including a gathering fee, treatment fee and compression charge. 
  • Fraud
  • Violation of the Arkansas Deceptive Trade Practices Act
  • Civil conspiracy
  • Breach of contract for allegedly failing to report, account for, and pay all royalties

On October 29th the energy companies filed a motion requesting that the charges be dismissed or postponed pending resolution of other cases.  The request was denied.

Are you a mineral owner in Arkansas? Join the discussion with others in your area on our Mineral Rights Forum. 


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Tensions Escalate at BLM Meeting in Ohio

November 19, 2015

Things got ugly during a recent open house over possible drilling on Ohio’s public lands. Related: Mineral Auction for Public Land Draws Protest Protesters shut down a routine meeting last week that was designed to be a public forum to discuss the possible leasing of federal oil and gas rights in the Wayne National Forest. […]

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Forced Pooling Back on the Radar for West Virginia

November 18, 2015

West Virginia lawmakers will try to resurrect forced pooling legislation next session. Related: Join the Discussion on W.V. Forced Pooling Earlier this year, West Virginia House Delegate Lynwood Ireland sponsored HB 2688 in order to introduce forced pooling in the state. When the bill failed to win approval from his colleagues the lawmaker decided  he […]

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Mineral Auction for Public Land Draws Protest

November 16, 2015

Dozens of protestors attempted to block a mineral auction in Lakewood Colorado. Related: New Fracking Rules for Public Lands The Bureau of Land Management conducted a routine auction last Thursday for oil and gas rights on 90,000 acres of Colorado’s public land. But outside, dozens of protestors expressed their outrage that the would continue to encourage the practice […]

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Chesapeake Royalty Case Gains Support from Landowner Groups

November 12, 2015

Groups band together to ask the Supreme Court of Texas to deny Chesapeake’s request to rehear a highly publicized royalties case. Related: Chesapeake Before Texas Supreme Court In 2010, property owners (Hyders) sued Chesapeake for improperly subtracting postproduction costs from their royalty checks for gas taken from their own property. In 2012, state District Judge Melody Wilkinson […]

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Mineral Owners vs Surface Owners Reaches New Level in Louisiana

November 11, 2015

A Baton Rouge federal court is trying to untangle a very messy web in one case of surface vs mineral owners. Related: Surface Rights vs Mineral Rights Union Pacific Railroad and WarHorse Oil & Gas LLC are engaged in a legal battle over who has the rights to use a piece of Louisiana land. WarHorse holds […]

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Obama Rejects Keystone Pipeline

November 9, 2015

President Obama has followed through on his threats and rejected the Keystone XL pipeline project. Related: How the Keystone XL Pipeline Would Impact the Bakken After seven years of regulatory holdup, political rhetoric and millions of dollars, the president ended the debate last Friday by rejecting the request to finish the 1,179-mile pipeline, which would have carried 800,000 barrels […]

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OPEC’s Plan to Squeeze out U.S. Shale: Is it Working?

November 6, 2015

Last Thanksgiving, OPEC tried to force the hand of U.S. shale oil when they announced they would not decrease production in order to curb the falling price of crude. Related: OPEC Challenges Shale Oil Drillers It’s been almost a year since OPEC initiated this game of ‘chicken’, which was intended to to force U.S. shale drillers […]

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Pennsylvania Law Upholds Private Property Rights

November 4, 2015

Pennsylvania lawmakers move to bolster private property rights by repealing certain provisions of Energy Policy Act of 1992. Related:Fracking Fight Moves to National Parks This week, U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson from Pennsylvania introduced H.R. 3881 into the House. The Cooperative Management of Mineral Rights Act of 2015, will prohibit the U.S. Forest Service from creating rules to […]

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