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Chesapeake squeezes landowners on costs amid cash crunch
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STORYDonna Thornton made sure to include a no-cost provision in her contract…Continue

Tags: royalty, Chesapeake

Started this discussion. Last reply by adubu Sep 11, 2012.

Water Sales
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Is anyone selling water to companies for a certain $/barrel?  I'm trying to compare price terms.  Appreciate any information you are willing to share. Continue

Tags: barrel, sale, water

Started this discussion. Last reply by Troutman Dec 8, 2012.

LA Case Strikes Down Class Action Relief for Royalty Underpayment
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This recent case out of LA (and the 5th Cir. Case it relies upon) essentially prevents any class action under LA law from being filed for royalty underpayment.   Jewel Williams v. Chesapeake…Continue

Tags: class, Chesapeake, royalty, underpayment

Started this discussion. Last reply by Kat Bloomfield Aug 27, 2011.


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Texas Statewide Rule 37 Exceptions and the Mineral Interest Pooling Act


This discussion is intended to provide a general overview of Statewide Rule 37 Exceptions and the Mineral Interest Pooling Act in Texas, and is not a comment or opinion on any one particular set of facts.  If you have questions or have received a notice of a Rule 37 Exception application or MIPA application affecting your land, you are encouraged to contact an attorney to receive advice specific to your…


Posted on February 1, 2011 at 13:00 — 9 Comments

Educate Yourself About Your Rights! The Draconian Application of Statute of Limitations in Texas

I wanted to let Texas royalty owners know the importance of educating yourself about what your rights are as mineral owners.  Your rights can be taken away if you are not proactive to protect them.  I've attached an article I co-authored almost two years ago discussing how the Texas Court system has eroded royalty owner rights over the past 12 years via a draconian application of applicable statutes of limitations. (Limitations are known as "prescription periods" in Louisiana, and the need…


Posted on January 14, 2011 at 4:29 — 2 Comments

Primer on Texas Oil & Gas Law

I am an oil and gas lawyer in Houston with roots in East Texas.  I was born and raised in Jasper, Texas and have family ties still in the area.  I have been an oil and gas lawyer for ten years.  I started out representing operators, but have since devoted myself to representing landowners and doing my part to educate the masses on their legal rights.  I've started with educating my own family.  We own acreage in East Texas and South Texas, but I was surprised to learn that nobody had a clue…


Posted on December 16, 2010 at 6:00 — 8 Comments

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At 0:15 on November 12, 2013, king john said…

congratulations ben, that sounds great ! if you get to beaumont for the holidays please stop by and say hello.

At 9:06 on September 22, 2011, G. Warren Thornell said…
At 13:48 on April 26, 2011, dana tyler said…
my aunt was offered 10,500.00 for 5+ surface acres for saltwater disp. site... don't know what they will actually use it for but if they put a drilling rig on it she would get royalties... is this  heard of often.. i don't want them to get to her... we did tell them we will not let the minerals go with it & they said they just needed surface acres... can u give me some input on this so she want sign her rights away... i am supposed to call them back tonight to let them know... the tract is over 30 acres in all.... thank you!!!
At 9:56 on March 29, 2011, Betty Jacks said…
Ben, my grandfather has mineral rights in Shelby COunty in the 30's, those were passed to my mother and siblings upon his death, and upon my mothers death were passed to us. all our lives my mother always reminded us to never forget those minerals. my Grandfather leased them out, the my mother leased them out, the my siblings and I leased them out, I have paper work to back this up, then when they put a well on the land, we were informed we did not own them. the last time we leased them out was 3 years ago. We do not know what to do, should be taken them to court. Cabot Oil is the one telling us to back off. Betty
At 4:46 on February 22, 2011, Sarah said…
Ben, thank you so much for your helpful advice.  As well as all the extremely helpful contributions you've made here at ghs.  We appreciate you!
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