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Operator files for 640 acre horizontal oil spacing and drilling unit with Commission. 
However, lease includes express acreage limitation as follows:

6.  Lessee at its option is hear by given the right and power to pool and combine the acreage covered by this lease or any  portion thereof with other lands, lease or leases in the immediate vicinity thereof when in lessee's judgment it is necessary or advisable to do so in order to properly develop and operate said lease premises so as to promote conservation of oil, gas or other minerals in and under that may be produced from said premises or in order  to obtain a larger production allowable from any governmental agency having control over such matters such pooling to be of tracts contiguous to one another and be into unit or units not exceeding 160 acres in the event of an oil well or units or unit not exceeding 640 acres each in the event of a gas well.

However, the agreement also includes:
All provisions hereof express or implied shall be subject to all Federal and State laws and the orders, rules and regulations (and interpretations thereof) of all governmental agencies administering the same. Should lessee be prevented from complying with any express or implied covenant of this lease, from conducting drilling or reworking operations thereon or from producing oil or gas, therefrom by reason of scarcity of or inability to obtain or to us equipment or material, or by operation of force majeure, any Federal or State law or any order, rule or regulation of governmental authority, then while so prevented, lessee’s obligation to comply with such covenant shall be suspended and lessee shall not be liable in damages for failure to comply therewith; and this lease shall be extended while and so long as lessee is prevented by any such cause from conducting drilling or reworking operations on or from producing oil or gas from the leased premises: and the time while lessee is so prevented shall not be counted against lessee, anything in this lease to the contrary notwithstanding.”
Does this action violate the terms of the lease? 

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Not if it is classified as a gas well. This covers it. "unit or units not exceeding 160 acres in the event of an oil well or units or unit not exceeding 640 acres each in the event of a gas well." I don't know what happens if it turns out to be primarily an oil well.

Operator is willfully & knowingly asking OCC for 640 acre oil spacing & drilling unit in direct violation of 1977 lease. My opinion Bad Faith Pooling
Furthermore, I havent seen a completion report in 15N 8 or 9W completed in the Meramec that hasn't been classified an oil well according to OCC rule.

The statutory pooling and spacing laws are designed to allow drilling on a regulated type basis. They are state law. Therefore, anything the OCC does is by state law and it trumps the provisions of an oil and gas lease to the extent it is inconsistent.

Otherwise, parties could put provisions in a lease that drilling and spacing units aren't allowed. that would be inconsistent with the state law's purpose of promoting drilling and protecting correlative rights.

You are certainly free to contest the spacing application, but it would be a waste of your time.

If the state builds a door to vault doesn't mean the operator was relieved from their contractual responsibility. The operator willfully & knowingly decided to walk through the door to violate the terms of the industry originated lease. The operator in good faith should have resolved the limitation with royalty partners.

Well, then good luck to you.

Thank You
541 P.2d 196

Supreme Court of Oklahoma.
William T. HLADIK and Rose Hladik, Appellees,
v.
Inez Gose LEE et al., Appellants.
No. 47166.
July 1, 1975.Rehearing Denied Oct. 21, 1975.
Owners of 160-acre tract within 480-acre unit for production of gas brought action alleging that subsequent order of the Corporation Commission establishing their 160-acre tract as drilling and spacing unit for production of gas from specified formation superseded the 480-acre unit. The District Court, Kingfisher County, J. Russell Swanson, J., held that the Commission's order superseded the 480-acre unit and other lessors appealed. The Supreme Court, Berry, J., held that, where lease permitted pooling to promote conservation of gas that might be produced from leased premises, statute authorized Commission to create spacing unit covering part of lands in formation included in declared unit created by lessee, lease did not indicate that lessors intended to share production from their tract with other lands in declared unit subsequent to Commission's finding that declared unit no longer promoted conservation of gas and no production had been had from declared unit prior to order establishing spacing unit, the spacing unit superseded the declared unit insofar as it concerned distribution of royalty upon gas produced from spaced formation through well on spacing unit.
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Corporation Commission is not prohibited by statute from establishing all, or part, of lands included within a declared unit as a drilling and spacing unit. 52 O.S.1971, § 87.1.
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It must be presumed that parties to gas lease were aware of Corporation Commission's existing statutory authority to create spacing units covering part of lands in formation included in declared unit created by a lessee. 52 O.S.1971, § 87.1.
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Where lease permitted pooling to promote conservation of gas that might be produced from leased premises, statute authorized Corporation Commission to create spacing unit covering part of lands in formation included in declared unit created by lessee, lease did not indicate that lessors intended to share production from their tract with other lands in declared unit subsequent to Commission's finding that declared unit no longer promoted conservation of gas and no production had been had from declared unit prior to order establishing spacing unit, the spacing unit superseded.
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*196 Appeal from District Court, Kingfisher County; J. Russell Swanson, Trial Judge.
An oil and gas lessee, acting pursuant to pooling clauses in leases, established a 480 acre unit for production of gas. Appellees, owners of a 160 acre tract within the 480 acre unit, brought this action. They allege subsequent order of Corporation Commission, which established their 160 acre tract as a drilling and spacing unit for production of gas from specified formations, superseded *197 the 480 acre unit. The trial court held Commission's order superseded 480 acre unit. Appellant appeals.
Affirmed.

Opinion
BERRY, Justice:
An oil and gas lessee, acting pursuant to pooling clauses in several leases, created a 480 acre unit (the ‘declared unit’) for production of gas. The Corporation Commission subsequently entered order establishing one 160 acre tract within declared unit as a drilling and spacing unit (the ‘spacing unit’) for production of gas from Red Fork formation. The issue presented herein is whether the spacing unit superseded the declared unit insofar as concerns distribution of royalty upon gas produced from spaced formation through well on spacing unit.
The parties stipulated as to all material facts.
The Hladiks, appellees herein, executed lease covering SW/4 of Section 15, Township 19 North, Range 5 West, Kingfisher County, Oklahoma (the ‘Hladik Tract’).
Inez Gose Lee, appellant herein, executed lease covering adjoining tract, the N/2 of Section 22 (the ‘Lee Tract’). Other parties executed eight leases covering interests in Lee Tract.
Monsanto acquired lessee's interest under all ten leases.
Each lease contains a pooling clause which authorizes lessee to pool leased premises with other lands to form a unit, not exceeding 640 acres, for production of natural gas.
On July 13, 1971, Monsanto executed a Declaration of Pooling which pooled lands covered by the ten leases into 480 acre unit for production of gas. All parties concede Monsanto was acting in good faith and the unit was validly established.
Each lease provides lessor shall receive royalty of 1/8th upon gas produced from leased premises. Each lease also provides that on unit production lessor shall receive only such proportion of royalty stipulated in lease as lessor's acreage in unit bears to total acreage in unit.
On January 28, 1972, the Commission entered its order No. 89015 establishing the Hladik Tract as a 160 acre drilling and spacing unit for production of gas and associated hydrocarbons from Red Fork formation.
The order provides in part:
‘That all royalty interest within any spacing unit created herein shall be communitized and each royalty owner within any unit shall participate in the royalty from the well drilled thereon in the relation that the acreage owned by him bears to the total acreage in the unit.’
Subsequently, Monsanto commenced the Rose No. 1 well on Hladik Tract, and completed it as a gas well to Red Fork formation.
The Hladiks then filed this action against Monsanto and parties owning mineral interests in Lee Tract. They requested court find owners of mineral interests in Lee Tract were not entitled to share in production from Rose No. 1 well, or other production from Hladik Tract.
The parties stipulated only issue involved in lawsuit is whether the Declaration of Pooling was negated and rendered ineffective by Corporation Commission order No. 89015.
If the spacing unit superseded the declared unit insofar as concerns payment of royalty on production from Red Fork formation, the Hladiks are entitled to royalty of 1/8the upon gas produced from Rose No. 1 well, and lessors of Lee Tract are not *198 entitled to any royalty upon such production.
If the spacing unit did not supersede the declared unit, the Hladiks are entitled to royalty of 1/3rd (160/480) of 1/8th upon such production, and lessors of Lee Tract are entitled to royalty of 2/3rds (320/480) of 1/8th upon such production.
Subsequent to time this action was filed, Monsanto commenced well on Lee Tract and completed it to Red Fork formation as dry hole.
The trial court entered judgment finding ‘the Declaration of Pooling was negated and rendered ineffective by the order of the Corporation Commission.’ Appellant Lee appeals.
She first contends each lessor consented to formation of declared unit because each lease contained pooling clause authorizing lessee to establish the unit. She contends lessee's exercise of this power constituted an agreement by lessors to share proportionately in royalty upon production from declared unit.
She contends this agreement was not superseded by the order establishing the spacing unit.
She recognizes well spacing is a valid exercise of police power in interest of conservation, and private contractual rights must yield where in conflict with spacing regulations. Oklahoma Natural Gas Co. v. Long, Okl., 406 P.2d 499.
However, she contends state has no interest in how owner of interest in royalty upon production from spacing unit might agree to share his royalty participation. She contends there is no conflict between the agreement, which resulted from lessee's exercise of the pooling power, and the order creating spacing unit. See Nisbet v. Midwest Oil Corp., Okl., 451 P.2d 687.
The Hladiks and other lessors of lands within declared unit could have executed express agreement to share all royalty upon production from declared unit without regard to any subsequent orders of Corporation Commission. However, they did not do so in this case. Each lessor merely executed a separate lease with a pooling clause. Therefore, lessee's authority to pool Hladik Tract with other premises, and rights resulting from exercise of that power, must arise from pooling clause in Hladik lease.
In Gillham v. Jenkins, 206 Okl. 440, 244 P.2d 291, we construed pooling clause in an oil and gas lease and stated:
‘In the interpretation of a contract the intention of the parties, at the time the contract was made, is a paramount objective, and in arriving at the intent the conditions and circumstances under which the contract was made * * * may be considered.’
The Hladik lease permits pooling ‘* * * when in lessee's judgment it is necessary or advisable to do so in order to properly develop and operate said lease premises so as to promote the conservation of * * * gas * * * in and under and that may be produced from said premises. * * *’
This clearly indicates that at time Hladiks executed their lease they intended to permit their tract to be pooled with other lands when such pooling would promote conservation of gas from their premises.
52 O.S.1971 s 87.1, authorizes the Commission to create drilling and spacing units for purpose of preventing waste and protecting correlative rights.
‘* * * the purpose of the Act was the conservation of the oil and gas with particular attention directed to the protection of private lease contracts and the correlative rights of all parties in interest.’
1 The statute indicates the Commission may exclude lands from the spacing unit on grounds common source of supply does not underlie such lands.
Also, it indicates Commission may limit size of spacing unit on ground one well *199 will not effectively drain larger tract, and larger drilling and spacing unit might not assure maximum ultimate recovery of minerals. See Shell Oil Co. v. Davidor & Davidor, Okl., 315 P.2d 259.
2 The statute does not prohibit Commission from establishing all, or part, of lands included within a declared unit as a drilling and spacing unit.
3 It was in effect at time Hladiks executed the lease. We must presume that at that time parties to lease were aware of Commission's authority to create spacing unit covering part of lands and formation included in declared unit created by lessee. See Sinclair Oil & Gas Company v. Bishop, Okl., 441 P.2d 436.
In its order establishing Hladik Tract as spacing unit, Commission found that 160 acre spacing units should be established in interest of securing greatest ultimate recovery of hydrocarbons from lands involved, prevention of waste, and protection of correlative rights. This constituted at least an implied finding that the 480 acre unit no longer served purpose of conservation of gas in Red Fork formation underlying Hladik Tract.
There is nothing in Hladik lease which indicates Hladiks intended to share production from their tract with other lands in declared unit subsequent to time Commission found declared unit no longer served purpose of promoting conservation of gas underlying Hladik Tract.
4 We conclude intent of pooling clause was that any spacing unit established by Corporation Commission would, insofar as it covered same lands and formations, supersede a declared unit created pursuant to pooling clause, at least in circumstances of present case where no production was had from declared unit prior to time order establishing spacing unit was issued.
In support of this holding we note 4 Kuntz, The Law of Oil and Gas, s 48.3, which states at page 214:
‘A unit will terminate if it is superseded by another unit that is validly formed. For example, a unit formed by the exercise of the pooling power will terminate if it is superseded by a statutory unit.’ In s 48.3(k) the writer further states:
‘When a unit created pursuant to statute conflicts with a voluntary unit, the statutory unit will prevail. The rights of the lessors and lessees of land included in the voluntary unit will be governed by their agreement. If the voluntary unit is created by an exercise of the pooling power, a statutory unit subsequently created will supersede the voluntary unit, and if only a part of the voluntary unit is included in the statutory unit, payment of royalty will be made on the basis of acreage included in the statutory unit.’
40 year old plus vertical well cases.

1. the law hasn't changed.

2. 52 OS. 87.1 is still a valid statute.

3. If you're confident in your position, go for it.

Thank you for your evidence which speaks volumes how State Elected Leadership influenced by Oil & Gas industry has destroyed Mineral Owners Rights starting with the Oklahoma's Capture Rule.

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