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The North Dakota Supreme Court has ruled Missouri River mineral rights found below the shoreline are owned by the state. You might not think this is significant, but the prize is about 25,000 acres and $140 million oil companies have set aside in bonuses and royalties. Development in the Bakken makes each acre significant. Waterfront […]

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Mineral Rights Disputes are Common Place in Shale Plays

by Kenneth E. DuBose on October 31, 2011

Mineral rights disputes get more serious when a boom hits. No one cares too much about what they own below the surface until it has value. Eagle Ford Shale sized value. That’s when the lawyers come out. In places like Texas, an operator might be working with landowners and mineral owners who have severed rights […]

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PA Prisons and Colleges May Lease Minerals

by Kenneth E. DuBose on October 21, 2011

Pennsylvania prisons and educational facilities may be granted the right to lease their minerals. Currently, only the conservation commission and the game commission benefit from mineral rights that sit atop the Marcellus Shale. The bill will broaden authority for oil & gas leasing on commonwealth lands. If a separate bill passes, the facilities will get […]

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Ohio’s Dormant Mineral Act Might Mean You Have Options

by Kenneth E. DuBose on October 18, 2011

Ohio’s dormant mineral act passed in 1989 might open the door for some land owners who recently found their minerals were reserved years ago. There is potential for reclaiming the oil & gas minerals if they have gone undeveloped for many years. This is important for everyone in the midst of the Utica Shale boom […]

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Minnesota Mineral Rights Held by the State in Many Cases

by Kenneth E. DuBose on October 6, 2011

The state of Minnesota is beginning to lease mineral rights in the northern part of the state and landowners are finding out the hard way that minerals were reserved by the state decades ago. That is exactly why private mineral ownership is better than public. When companies get to negotiate with landowners, it is a […]

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In Pennsylvania, Is Natural Gas a Mineral?

by Kenneth E. DuBose on September 26, 2011

In Pennsylvania, if the mineral rights have been severed it does not necessarily mean the natural gas rights were severed with it. A court in Susquehanna County hearing might change everyone’s perception completely. Pennsylvania state law does not explicitly define minerals as oil & gas. That means mineral owners who severed their rights and didn’t […]

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An Osage Nation wind farm is pitted against the tribe’s very own oil & gas mineral estate. Plans for the wind farm will likely be altered and development could be limited. The Bureau of Indian Affairs issued a statement reminding the indian tribe that mineral rights were reserved in 1906 and the mineral rights are […]

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Gas Mortgage Notification in Pennsylvania’s Blake Bill

by Kenneth E. DuBose on August 17, 2011

Gas mortgages or loans against the value of mineral leases have been a hot topic in Pennsylvania. We first detailed the issues in a post titled Chesapeake Mortgages Marcellus Shale Mineral Rights. Even though many banks have come back to say that an oil & gas company using leases as collateral should not affect homeowners, […]

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Williston vs State of ND Mineral Rights Lawsuit

by Kenneth E. DuBose on July 8, 2011

Brigham Exploration has entered this “conversation” regarding mineral rights under the Missouri River and Lake Sakakawea. “Tom Gray, a consultant who does work as a landman at the Williams County Courthouse, told the Commission that the lawsuit was filed by Brigham Exploration.””Gray said the company filed the suit in an effort to clear up an […]

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PA Mineral Rights Attract New Homebuyers

by Kenneth E. DuBose on December 3, 2009

New home buyers in Pennsylvania are attracted to large lots in Washington and Alleghany counties that include mineral rights with the property. [Read More]

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