First, thank-you for this forum which is very helpful to many individuals out there like us. With your help and support we can be more educated and have better understanding of rights as a mineral owner.
We signed a lease with Marathon Oil 2 years ago and production began Jan. 2018 on the Brenda Chapman 1306 1-25-36MXH. We received our lease bonus from Marathon May 3, 2017. First payments began August 2018 to 5 of our first cousins who also signed the lease with bonus at the same time with the same terms. We did this in unison as a family. Our first cousins have received checks since that time. There was a slight exception when there was some sort of subsurface equipment problem and payments stopped in 4th quarter for a bit.
We (my brother and I) to this date received a Royalty check in Jan. and Feb. only. We all own the same amount and same terms as our first cousins. We’ve asked questions to the Owner Relations Support from Marathon but are given only a case number so they can investigate it.
On April 11th, 2018 an Affidavit of Heirship was supplied and acknowledged to Marathon Oil upon request. We were placed on the Oklahoma Mineral Owner Registry as of 9/14/17 We were asked by Marathon to provide extra documentation of ownership in July 2018. We provided the information needed to them. They then requested the documentation of “Decree of Final Distribution” for our deceased father to be filed at the Canadian County Court House. We did as they requested. That document was filed January 09, 2019. After the document was filed we received January and February checks. No check this month though… so, we assume there must be another production problem.
Should the royalties that have been paid since August 2018 be retroactive to the date of production and first payment for my brother and me? I have looked up the PUN for the last 12 months which shows production and am slowly learning how to navigate through terms, rights and understanding of our responsibilities as mineral right owners. Sitting, waiting and doing nothing has shown zero results. Any advise will be appreciated at this point. Again, thank-you!