My family owns mineral rights in Burke County
Township 161 North, Range 94 West (Spacing unit 1280 per Continental 10/9/13) Section 34: All; Section 27: E ½
Township 160 North, Range 94 West (Spacing unit 623.99 per Continental 10/9/13) Section 6: E ½ NE ¼
and we received a letter from Continental stating they were getting ready to spud a well on Section 27 in October of 2013. When I received the letter I contacted a cousin who is more knowledgeable about mineral rights and she told me how to search for wells in ND. I searched all our right in Burke County and low and behold I found the Points 1-6H well that was pumping on section 6 which Mr. Starkweather referred to in his recent post. We did not have a lease for these rights.
After several conversations in October with Continental and a landman, a lease was executed for all of the mineral rights as Continental was preparing to spud the well on Section 27.
In late January of 2014 I was informed by Continental that they received a new DOTO (Division Order Title Opinion) and would have to rework the entire Points 6 well. They stated, "We are hopeful to have the ownership corrected for the March check write, but with time permitting, we are pushing to have it reviewed sooner."
The Cecelia 1-27H1 on Section 27 has an information relases date of 4-17-2014.
With all this said, how long after completion of the well should we expect to receive royalties? How long after production does it usually take for royalty payments to be made? Do mineral owners receive royalty payments the month after production?
I want to believe that the drilling company is upstanding but if they are not, what recourse does a mineral owner have?