The following problem has been ongoing for over a year. I gave the guy a break thinking maybe Covid was a delay issue but now I’m thinking I’m just being hosed:
I am a Canadian that inherited royalty interest for an oil well in Texas Cochran County from my mother. I got the probate documents and will authenticated with the county. They verified ownership has been transferred to my name and I have been paying the taxes. I found out the well was (and is) currently producing and notified the well operator and sent them paperwork long ago, and they have still not set anything up.
Many times I emailed their website that states “response in 48 hours”, no response. I’ve called their listed phone numbers multiple times, that have said “mailbox full” for months now. I did manage to get the personal email of the president who said to send him everything which I did immediately… that was a year ago! This particular operator has numerous companies and I noticed he recently flipped the operatorship of my well interest into another of his companies.
I got the help of a mineral manager in Fort Worth that sent 2 letters certified that were returned unaccepted, and it appears my helper considers they’ve tried and done their part and don’t appear interested in helping further… It has been mentioned to maybe send a demand letter from a lawyer, but if this guy just ignores all correspondence why spend $$$ to get a nice official sounding letter just thrown back unaccepted? I’m curious how an operator can get away with pocketing my proceeds for a year and just pretending I’m not there.
Any advice would be greatly helpful. And if anyone maybe knows a Midland Tx-based mineral manager I can contact that might be willing to take my documentation to the operator’s office directly (if it’s even a valid office!) I’d love to contact them.