Looking for anyone that has faced a similar situation in the past or present.
I am a mineral rights owner with a small percentage ownership in a producing gas well in Texas. The Lessee (Enervest Operating LLC) has been steadily producing at this well for years and years, and we and other family members have been receiving monthly checks up until around 12 months ago, when they stopped coming. I have verified that the well is still producing and that the gas is being distributed at the customary levels via the Texas RRC website, but no indication or notice has been given from the Lessee as to why royalty payments have stopped. It's not just me, but also my family (near and extended) who have experienced this. I have made attempts to contact Enervest, to no avail. No response to emails or messages.
I have read that Enervest is having financial trouble with a failure of a very large oil and gas investment fund, but don't see how this could prevent them from paying out royalties to mineral rights owners for a gas well that they are producing from and profiting from. I live in California, and I'm unaware of anything like this happening elsewhere. What options do I have at this point other than being persistent in trying to get an answer from Enervest, short of obtaining legal assistance?