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Reeves County, TX - Oil & Gas Discussion


Reeves County, TX - Oil & Gas Discussion

Oil & gas discussion group for those interested in Reeves County, TX. Share your experience regarding lease bonus, royalty rates, drilling activity, and oil & gas news.

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Reeves County Purchase Activity

Started by John Patton. Last reply by Steve B 19 hours ago. 10 Replies

We own mineral interests in Section 25, Block C-17, PSL. We leased last year for $4,500/acre. We have a total of a little over 20 acres. There seems to be some interest now from different parties to…Continue

Lease signed with BHP Billiton Petroleum Co for 5000.00 pnma 9-2016

Started by Rick. Last reply by Rick yesterday. 14 Replies

Hi everyone,Just to keep everyone informed of lease bonuses in Reeves County I wanted to post that we signed with BHP Billiton in September the following land:W/2 of the E/2 of Section 28, Block 57,…Continue

Courthousedirect.com/Leases for Reeves County, Texas

Started by Clint Liles. Last reply by Rick on Tuesday. 1 Reply

February 19, 2018…Continue

Courthousedirect.com/leases for Reeves County, Texas

Started by Clint Liles on Saturday. 0 Replies

February 17, 2018…Continue

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Comment by Mike Miller on October 22, 2017 at 10:54am


I've been working on getting an SWD on one of my parcels. The economics for the landowner is a pretty good deal if you get a good operator and just an average well.

Comment by Charles Emery Tooke III on October 21, 2017 at 12:49pm

E M - 

You were smart to determine what you own before accepting an offer.  Especially one that jumped from a flat $5K to $10K. 

Another thing mineral and royalty owners need to watch out for is when someone tries to buy them out knowing that the owner has royalties in suspense, waiting for them to claim them.

In essence using peoples' own money to buy them out. Sometimes even with a large profit. 

I've helped several families avoid such situations and am helping two families right now. 

Hope this helps - 

Charles Emery Tooke III

Certified Professional Landman

Fort Worth, Texas

Comment by E M on October 21, 2017 at 5:41am

Hi, Lawrence, I don't know much about saltwater disposal wells but I do know I have found many great people on this forum, including you. The only person in our whole process I've been suspicious of was a landman (not from the forum) who represented an unnamed person or company who tried to buy our mineral rights before we realized what we had, for 5K, then 10K. We have received lots of general advice from the group and invaluable guidance from a property owner in our section. I think you can see the numbers of all the people who read your posts. You help so many people, Lawrence, 95% of whom never make a comment, and it often benefits a dozen family members behind the scenes. It is greatly appreciated. May Reeves county and our American oil and gas companies continue to prosper. 

Comment by Lawrence Rayburn on October 20, 2017 at 9:53pm
Here it is Friday going into Saturday and no comments. Was hoping to
here positive or negative feedback.

ol' Lawrence near Verhalen
Comment by Lawrence Rayburn on October 17, 2017 at 4:04pm

Charles, and all surface, mineral rights owners of Reeves county: This is what I meant by the oil and gas operators working hand in glove with the land surface and mineral owners to improve and develop Reeves county for the benefit of all. The oil companies are NOT wanting to ruin your drinking water or your pastures/farm surface acreage. They WILL work with you,not against you. I was born and reared 'oilfield trash'. I made my living until I retired in the oil and gas industry. I didn't become a sod bustin' dirt farmer until I bought my farm and started raising vegetables in greenhouses. But, when I contracted to have that saltwater disposal well drilled on my place, I got shunned by the ranchers and 'farmers' around Balmorhea/Saragosa/Verhalen  because I 'was gonna RUIN their 

water' with that SWD well.   They were just SURE they knew about such things...though they didn't know HOW an SWD is sealed from top to bottom.   They didn't listen to the operators...they were too busy pumped full of anti oil and gas propaganda to listen to reason.

I want to see Reeves county oil and gas exploration and production, including saltwater disposal and reclamation to fresh water, conducted

peaceably with all parties cooperating for the good of all....and without

compromising personal property rights.  

Climbing off my soapbox......your comments, please!

ol' Lawrence near Verhalen 



Comment by Charles Emery Tooke III on October 16, 2017 at 2:28pm

Good advice, Lawrence.

You can also negotiate for them to install Cattle Guards and gates at their entrances and to dig you a few Cattle Tanks before they leave. 

Maybe even dig you a Water Well. 

And don't neglect to add provisions regarding the location, building and maintenance of roads, ditches, etc.  Have them repave or re-gravel the roads one last time before they leave. 

And don't forget drainage.  If they build a road or facility without addressing the natural drainage, they can ruin a whole lot of your acreage. 

Comment by Lawrence Rayburn on October 16, 2017 at 2:13pm

Re: Surface owners....deals. Primexx is driving a 16 inch gas gathering line from west of highway 17 and their consolidated gas/oil collection tank batteries to Hwy 285 where a company is building a 350 Million Cubic Feet/day gas plant. They needed a place for their pipeline contractor company to stack 16 miles of 16 in pipe (40 foot joints) and a place to stage their excavators, side boom dozers, trenching machines, cranes, and pipe trailers. I let them use 8 acres on the back side of my farm at Verhalen to stage out of. If anyone approaches you and asks to use a piece of your surface land for a 'camp' to stage pipeline construction from....do it! They can be talked into clearing land for you, fencing it for you, and purchasing storage containers (CONEX) they will leave with you when they are through using your land....a win win for them and you. 

ol' Lawrence near Verhalen  

Comment by Lawrence Rayburn on October 12, 2017 at 6:01pm

Susan.....Which side of Balmorhea and which side of the interstate?   The citizens of Balmorhea have raised so much Cain with Apache and other wannabe operators,  I doubt they will drill any closer than that Weiss unit on the north interstate service road east of FM2903.   They will be developing that area on both sides of old 290 west of where Hwy 17 turns south at Toyahvale.  The volcanic tubes the water feeding San Solomon Spring  comes through under the mountains from Valentine are south of there and should be safe. 

ol' Lawrence near Verhalen 

Comment by Susan Kimball on October 12, 2017 at 5:13pm

Does anyone know if there is any activity or planned activity for the following: 40 acres of Jesus Aguirre Pre-Exemption Survey A-1117, Scrap File, Reeves, Co. Texas 

It is close to Balmorhea. I am wondering if it is truly a possibility or a one hit (lease) wonder.

Thanks for any thoughts you have.

Comment by Robert F. Seiler on October 12, 2017 at 10:31am

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