You are welcome. The oil company does not need to have a lease with each and every mineral owner in order to drill. As I understand it, someone correct me if I am wrong, each owner has a right to “develop their minerals” so, in theory, all they need is the permission of one owner. In practice, though, an operator will generally want a lease with a majority percentage of the owners. Anyone not leased can be force-pooled by taking it to the state oil and gas commission.
It sounds like you have a division order. How long have you owned the rights? Do you own all of the minerals? When did the well(s) start producing? Do you know for sure that you don’t have a lease? Could it be producing under a prior owner’s lease? We would need a little more information in order to be helpful. Is the operator not able to answer your questions?
Bonnie Simons said:
Dorothy, I appreciate your answer. As for the answer from Mr Mullins, I have never asked a question that I already knew the answer to… what would be the point in that??? I am still learning about the leasing of mineral rights and have learned a lot from the nice and informative people on this forum.
I just always thought that the oil company had to have a lease with the mineral rights owner before they did anything. Some how, they have the division order figure right for this section. We just don’t have a lease with them.
Thanks for your answer.