I have a 45 year old producers 88 lease that states, "The royalties to be paid by the Lessee are (a) on oil, one-eighth of that produced and saved from said land, the same to be delivered at the well, or to the credit of the lessor into the pipe line to which the wells may be connected. It then goes on to other minerals but I'm wondering if someone could tell me if I'm correct in thinking that to mean that transportation costs could not be deducted from royalties as the transaction in terms of what value is due to the mineral owner appears to have taken place in such a way as to make any transporting after the fact with respect to a royalty owner's responsibly. If the value the royalty owner was due at another location then transportation costs might be warranted. It would seem that any post production cost would be the lessor's responsibility though miscellaneous is to vague for me to be certain when these costs were incurred.
Despite this clause in the lease, steadily increasing amounts (now up to 12%) are being deducted from the total payment under the designation of transportation or miscellaneous.
If I am correct and have been overcharged will contacting the oil company (Anadarko) be effective in having this corrected or would this require an attorney?