My family owns mineral but not surface rights of roughly 4,000 gross acres in Kings and Tulare counties in California. Some family members have been approached with lease offers from Venoco through Karo Associates while others have not. As of now, only one person has a fully executed lease while others have had their offers rescinded. It appears that the oil company (or landman) is trying to tie up the various lands without leasing 100% (or even 15%) of the mineral rights. When questioned about the other mineral owners, the landman gives vague answers about dealing separately with each separate owner. Has anyone experienced anything like this? We want each family member to get their fair share and feel like we are being manipulated.