Hello all, my name is Charlie. I live in Weston, Lewis County WV, and like many of you in Doddridge County, I received a very surprising letter in the mail from Antero Resources.
A “modification of an Oil & Gas lease”. No one in the family even knew my grandfather, and his brothers owned mineral rights. Not even my grandfathers executor (my aunt) knew about it. Or so claims she didn’t know.
My grandpa passed in 2007. Along comes July 2013 and I recieve this letter from Antero. As did my sister, and two other grandchildren in the family. I worked in the oilfield, so I understood this could possibly be very good for everyone.
My mother, sister, and I take the documents into the Antero office in Clarksburg, ask a few pointed questions, and sign the lease. As I commonly see on this forum, the lease agreement was for a “Pooling Clause”. I believe it was called?
Time went on, and we all basically forgot about it. Fast forward to a couple weeks ago, and a family member visits my mother to inform her the taxes are due on the mineral rights we own in Dod Co. He was worried we’d possibly lose it on the Courthouse steps, and said to contact him with an offer if we’d like to sell. He also owns MRs in the same area.
So that got me curious again. Why hadn’t I heard anything back from Antero? After all they sent the lease papers to the wrong mailing address. We signed in July 2013, it’s nearly April 2019 now. Is the lease still active? Did they ever do any “pooling” from our tract? Why haven’t I recieved any tax bills? And who’s been paying the taxes this whole time?
SO. MANY. QUESTIONS. It hurts my head.
Here’s some background information… Our mineral interest is located in the New Milton area, near Webley Fork. It was drilled on back in the early 60s, and I think those wells are now shut down. According to the Antero lease, it’s 50 acres (more or less).
According to the Dod Co. Tax Office, it’s 48 acres… Now the last few days I’ve been researching every document I could find on our mineral rights, and I think I’m just more confused about certain things. My grandfathers final Tax Ticket was in 2014.
On the Tax Ticket the "Property line part says, 1/4 O&G 48A Webley FK. I guess that means 1/4th interest in the royalties?
It also says “In care of Eugene G” which is his brother, & who also passed away in 2007.
The Map# is 9999. The Parcel # is 0000 6284 0000
In 2015 the Tax Ticket now lists myself, my sister, and the 2 other grand children. The Property Line is still the same (1/4 O&G 48A Webley Fork) In care of Eugene G. The map and parcel # is the same.
In 2016, the Tax Ticket changes some. (In care of changes to my Aunt Karen’s name.) And what I’m even more curious about is why the Assessment amounts have changed year to year. Their not major changes, but I don’t understand why there’s a change at all, especially if Antero never drilled.
Here are the assessment amount numbers. 2015- 360. 2016- 430. 2017- 650. 2018- 650.
Is that a drastic change? Also I was trying to figure what our mineral interest might be.
1/4 of 48 acres. Divided by the 4 grandkids? 6.5% maybe? And there may a few more people who have minor interests in the same tract. But I’ve only found us 4 for certain. Other family members have interests in other spots throughout New Milton.
Is it even remotely possible Antero pooled our little mineral spot, and somehow sent the paperwork to the wrong mailing address? Is it possible, that IF they were, my Aunt could be cashing our royalty checks for us?
Doubtful I’d say. The county’s assessors office receives those sorts of updates often enough to tax us “correctly” right?
Anyway, I’m sorry for the extremely long life story. I’m just lost with it all. My sister wants to sell it off to my cousin, or some mineral purchasing company. I know the benefits of holding onto it could potentially be worth much more. Any info anyone could help me out with would be much APPRECIATED!