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Ohio Counties Benefit from Oil and Gas Lease Sales

May 21, 2017

Ohio counties are reaping the benefits from the controversial sale of oil and gas leasing rights. Related: Anti-fracking campaigns in Wayne National Forest At the end of 2016, the Federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) auctioned off acreage in the Wayne National Forest for future gas exploration and production. The $1.7 million deal included more than […]

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Colorado Attempts to Limit Forced Pooling

April 19, 2017

Colorado lawmakers introduce a bill hoping to limit forced pooling of mineral rights in the state. Related: Colorado’s Setback Rule is a Game Changer Current law authorizes forced pooling in Colorado, and House HB17-1336 would bring additional restrictions on the practice. It will require that at least a majority of the royalty interest owners must join in […]

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Pennsylvania Considers Minimum Royalties

April 12, 2017

Pennsylvania lawmakers try for a third time to pass legislation that would provide minimum royalties for unconventional oil and gas well production. Own minerals in Pennsylvania? Join the discussion here. Representative Garth Everett [R] has re-introduced a bill that will amend the Oil and Gas Lease Act from 1979. This is the third time that the […]

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West Virginia Kills Pooling Bill

April 9, 2017

West Virginia lawmakers have killed a bill that would have forced pooling in the state. Related: West Virginia Oil and Gas Lease Basics Senate Bill 576, had been the top priority this session for the state’s natural gas industry. The bill would allow drilling over the objections of a co-owner of mineral rights. Through “co-tenancy”, companies […]

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Idaho: Landowner Bill of Rights Considered

March 9, 2017

Proposed legislation in Idaho would represent a total overhaul of the state’s oil and gas regulations. Own mineral rights in Idaho? Join the conversation here. Rep. Judy Boyle introduced HB 232 last week, a 45-page bill would require oil and gas producers to submit monthly reports for every operating well. This information would then be […]

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Texas Royalties & Taxes Drop Dramatically

February 21, 2017

Oil and natural gas revenues in Texas has declined steadily since the bust two years ago, with The Texas Oil and Gas Association (TXOGA) reporting a 40% decline since 2014. Related: Texas Schools Fight to Survive The Texas budget relies on sales taxes, which account for 58% of all statewide tax collections. As the shale boom […]

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Devon Faces Thousands of Unhappy Mineral Owners

February 16, 2017

Devon Energy lost another round in its fight against a lawsuit brought by thousands in North Texas who claim they were cheated out of royalties. Related: Landowners Lose Negligence Battle in Texas A Dallas federal judge sided with Denton County property owners last month, when he allowed a class-action lawsuit against Devon to move forward. U.S. […]

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Mineral Estate Conservation Easements Provide Flexibility

February 1, 2017

A Stanford professor is touting a new way for private landowners to limit fracking on their land without government regulation. Related: EPA Releases Fracking Assessment Rob Jackson, professor of Earth system science at Stanford University, leads a team of legal scholars who have assessed how a conservation easement could enable individual landowners to restrict fracking on […]

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New Minimum Royalty Rates

January 18, 2017

Just days before President Obama is set to leave office, he released new shale regulations establishing minimum royalty rates and giving the Secretary of the Interior discretion for increases. Related: BLM: New Rules Will Ensure Accurate Royalties The ruling is designed to protect the environment and ensure that taxpayers are fairly compensated, should shale on federal […]

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West Virginia Mineral Owners Coalition

January 11, 2017

The West Virginia Mineral Owners Coalition is mobilizing forces to protect landowner rights. Related: Clarity Needed for West Virginia Royalties The 2017 legislative session in West Virginia is under way and being closely watched by mineral rights owners in the state. At the beginning of the month, the West Virginia Mineral Owners Coalition gathered its members […]

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