I looked up production for the Black Lake field today on sonris.  The last reported production was in December of 2010, when 2 barrels of oil were produced -- from the 20,000-acre field.  No production has been reported since then.  Certainly this is not what the state calls "production in paying quantities."

 

The leases in this field were signed in the mid-1960's, and have been in force ever since.  They were originally with Placid Oil, and have changed hands several times, and now are held by Chesapeake.  Has anyone been successful in terminating these leases?  Are there any efforts going on to terminate these leases for lack of production?  I'd appreciate any information on this topic.  Thanks, in advance.

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Thanks, Highwayman.  I received a copy from a client on the IP list and reviewed the application.  Here is a list of the leases Wagner acquired for this unit.

 

 

WAGNER OIL COMPANY

File Date:

5/3/2010


LA BOKAY CORPORATION

Cancel Date:



MEMORANDUM OF LEASE

Book:

321


OG 332471

Page:

163


NE/4 OF SE/4 OF S36 T11N R6W

Pages:

5



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Direct (1)


Indirect (1)


 

WAGNER OIL COMPANY

File Date:

6/9/2010


PAVILLION LAND DEVELOPMENT- LLC

Cancel Date:



MEMORANDUM OF LEASE

Book:

321


OG 333612

Page:

335


320 ACRES IN S25 & 35 T11N R6W

Pages:

3



View Image


Direct (2)


Indirect (1)



WAGNER OIL COMPANY

File Date:

6/16/2010


PLUM CREEK SOUTHERN TIMBER- LLC

Cancel Date:



OIL & GAS LEASE

Book:

321


OG 333814

Page:

347


146.18 ACRES IN SW/4 OF S25 T11N R6W

Pages:

18



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Direct (2)


Indirect (1)



WAGNER OIL COMPANY

File Date:

6/21/2010


CASON, EDGAR

Cancel Date:



MEMORANDUM OF LEASE

Book:

321


OG 333990

Page:

466


117.50 ACRES MORE OR LESS IN S36 T11N R6W

Pages:

2



View Image


Direct (3)


Indirect (1)



WAGNER OIL COMPANY

File Date:

6/24/2010


COVAL LEASING COMPANY- LLC

Cancel Date:



MEMORANDUM OF LEASE

Book:

321


OG 334145

Page:

498


40 ACRES MORE OR LESS IN S36 T11N R6W

Pages:

3



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Direct (2)


Indirect (1)



WAGNER OIL COMPANY

File Date:

10/14/2010


GHK COMPANY- LLC

Cancel Date:



MEMORANDUM OF LEASE

Book:

322


OG 337284

Page:

252


1200.00 ACRES MORE OR LESS IN S36 T11N R6W

Pages:

4



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Direct (9)


Indirect (1)



WAGNER OIL COMPANY

File Date:

10/14/2010


SCE PETROLEUM- LLC

Cancel Date:



MEMORANDUM OF LEASE

Book:

322


OG 337286

Page:

256


120.00 ACRES MORE OR LESS IN S36 T11N R6W

Pages:

2



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Direct (2)


Indirect (1)



WAGNER OIL COMPANY

File Date:

10/14/2010


HEFNER COMPANY- INC

Cancel Date:



MEMORANDUM OF LEASE

Book:

322


OG 337287

Page:

258


120.00 ACRES MORE OR LESS IN S36 T11N R6W

Pages:

2



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Direct (1)


Indirect (1)



WAGNER OIL COMPANY

File Date:

11/3/2010


JIL EXPLORATION- INC

Cancel Date:



ASSIGNMENT OF OIL & GAS LEASE

Book:

322


OG 337759

Page:

303


SEE ORIGINAL

Pages:

7



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Direct (1)


Indirect (1)



WAGNER OIL COMPANY

File Date:

2/18/2011


RAY, WILLIAM L

Cancel Date:



OIL & GAS LEASE

Book:

323


OG 340316

Page:

7


10.20 ACRES MORE OR LESS IN S36 T11N R6W

Pages:

3



View Image


Direct (2)


Indirect (1)



WAGNER OIL COMPANY

File Date:

4/25/2011


POLAND MINERAL TRUST

Cancel Date:



MEMORANDUM OF LEASE

Book:

323


OG 341901

Page:

570


120.00 ACRES MORE OR LESS IN S36 T11N R6W

Pages:

2



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Direct (2)


Indirect (1)



WAGNER OIL COMPANY

File Date:

5/6/2011


JIL EXPLORATION- INC

Cancel Date:



ASSIGNMENT OF LEASE

Book:

323


OG 342232

Page:

577


ENTRY #341288 (32.48 ACRES MORE OR LESS)

Pages:

4



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Indirect (1)


I wish them luck.

The only problem I see is that this coiuld effectivly cut out some landowners in between the new unit an d the large existing unit.

Finally!  Chesapeake is providing releases to the lease holders in the Black Lake Field in Natchitoches Parish.  These leases were signed in the mid-1960's.  If you hold these leases (they are so old, you likely inherited them), contact Chesapeake and get your release.

Good news, Henry.  Congratulations.  Considering the age of this discussion thread, I suggest that you start a new one so that those who have joined the group since the last reply will get a notice email.  In addition to contacting CHK some might wish to discuss the future prospects for the Black Lake Field.

I think I'll open the discussion on the main board, and not in Natchitoches Parish.  Because these leases are 50 years old, the current lease holders have likely moved all over Louisiana, if not all over the country.

The only drawback to posting on the Main Page is the lack of a notice email.  Considering that these are old leases, what are the chances that someone with an interest in the Black Lake Field is occasionally coming to the site?  And will they come before a main page discussion rotates off?  Regardless of where they live and when they joined GHS, if they joined the Natchitoches group they would still get an email notice.  Even if they hadn't been on the site in years.

Skip what happens if a release of minerals is not requested?  Some may not ask because they no longer own the land and if the minerals are released then they will loose all their mineral rights.  Another question is if the minerals are released then does the 10  year period apply as it does when production stops before the minerals come back to the land owner?  Please explain.  Thank You.

If no release of lease is filed in the public record then it would be up to a landman researching mineral ownership to determine that the minerals were unencumbered and available for a new lease.  A release on file in the public records makes the process of any future lease offers more straight forward, more simple.  Mineral owners should request a release be filed in writing or by email.

I believe that the prescriptive period is defined by production, not by the existence of a lease.  Lacking some circumstance that would suspend prescription, once production ceases the ten year period begins.  Prior to the CHK announcement were you receiving payment of royalties?

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