As far as I could tell, the only active producers in Sec 24 are horizontal wells. Operated by Surge. There are a bunch of old verticals drilled here that seem to be inactive.
Section 24 is divided into two Surge Units, Williams A&B Unit 24-13s, here is what they look like and the active wells.
If they aren’t getting checks from Surge you’d think that means they are in suspense. If you look at the tax rolls for those wells there are a bunch of folks who have “Unknown Address” which means Surge doesn’t know how to locate them and their $ is getting held. Call land department at Surge in that case.
As far as $18000 an acre goes. Depends if they mean per mineral acre or a royalty acre. And if they mean mineral acre, depends on their royalty rate. Can’t really make any judgments without that info.
Although I would say $18000 per royalty acre is somebody paying too much. If its 18000 per mineral acre, and its a 25% lease, well then it could probably go for 20+% higher.
Honestly, so much of this depends on how many acres it is. If its a handful, and your relatives want to sell, then whatever, probably better to just sell it and be done. Counteroffer higher and settle in the middle.