What are the best ways to market one's unleased properties?
We (My brother, my sister and I =100%) have approximately 298 acres near Outlook Montana (Sections 19 and 30) T36N R53E, on which the current lease to Great Northern (apparently transferred to Flying J?) expired. When asked, they indicated they were not interested in re-Leasing. (Anyone know why they might say that?) Does anyone recommend filing something of record to let people know that a lease has expired? We can't have been pooled as we have not received anything from producing wells in the area, and there is no state pooling order for this area.
I see where Yates Petroleum recently (Dec.) leased in 36N 52E Section 36) for $100/acre from the state. This is just 2 section away.
Should one make offers directly to parties such as this? or wait for them to approach us?
We also have 360 acres in Section 12, 34N 54 E. These, to my knowledge have never been leased. Our mother inherited both of these properties from her parents who originally homesteaded them so the title is fairly short and sweet.
We were approached by a landman saying he was representing an outfit named "FoxTrot" a new LLC out of Colorado formed only in January. I suspect this is just a front , but am uncertain whether to deal with them since they seem implacable as to their terms which include requiring us to sign a lease on a promise to pay, even though the lease says we have paid. Has anyone heard of this group?