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Unleased mineral owners with Chesapeake production and no payments
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I'm looking for Haynesville Shale unleased mineral owners, with Chesapeake production on their section, who are not being paid, and are not receiving well reports.I recently discovered I have a tract…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bob Zimmerman Dec 14, 2020.

 

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Bob Zimmerman replied to Steve Powers's discussion Unleased mineral owners with Chesapeake production and no payments
"Skip wrote:  "When a mineral tract is force pooled in a unit, I don't think there is recourse for subsurface trespass.  Use of the surface for unit operations would constitute trespass." LRA 30:10(A)(b) states "The…"
Dec 14, 2020
Lester G replied to Steve Powers's discussion Unleased mineral owners with Chesapeake production and no payments
"Thanks Skip,  I will follow up after the bankruptcy.  Is there a way to listen or see the court bankruptcy proceedings via zoom or conference call?"
Dec 14, 2020
Lester G replied to Steve Powers's discussion Unleased mineral owners with Chesapeake production and no payments
"Bob, I received division orders on these wells and I have been receiving UMO revenue.  My request for well data was so I could extrapolate the math back to first production for each well to see when each paid out, when my pro rata share went…"
Dec 14, 2020
Bob Zimmerman replied to Steve Powers's discussion Unleased mineral owners with Chesapeake production and no payments
"If you were never notified by the Commissioner of Conservation of pending permit and other well related hearings, go see your District Attorney. Mineral trespass might support a criminal felony charge of theft. An arrest is probably not beholden to…"
Dec 14, 2020
Lester G replied to Steve Powers's discussion Unleased mineral owners with Chesapeake production and no payments
"It is very true that the O/G will spin you to no end.  I have an atty and have sat in district court, appeals court, and the Supreme Ct of La.  In 2010 I sent a request in writing, notarized the letter, and sent it certified mail to…"
Dec 14, 2020
Bob Zimmerman replied to Steve Powers's discussion Unleased mineral owners with Chesapeake production and no payments
"Someone is spinning you, Lester, and getting just the effect they are looking for. Stall and evade until you give up as most people eventually do when faced with the peculiar legal quandary of an UMO. Do yourself a favor, get an attorney…"
Dec 14, 2020
Lester G replied to Steve Powers's discussion Unleased mineral owners with Chesapeake production and no payments
"I have a small interest in section 24.   I am UMO with this interest.  I asked Chesapeake by email to send me the full accounting of the well build, equipping, and finishing costs,  and  separate  production records for all…"
Dec 14, 2020
Bob Zimmerman replied to Steve Powers's discussion Unleased mineral owners with Chesapeake production and no payments
"Is there a reason the reply button is absent in the post below?"
Dec 13, 2020
Bob Zimmerman replied to Steve Powers's discussion Unleased mineral owners with Chesapeake production and no payments
"It's hard to tell in this case who was unleased and who was leased.  To add to the confusion, read this: https://law.justia.com/cases/louisiana/third-circuit-court-of-appeal/2016/ca-16-0269.html However, as I recall this thread was started…"
Dec 13, 2020
Bob Zimmerman replied to Steve Powers's discussion Unleased mineral owners with Chesapeake production and no payments
"The issue of post production well costs has already been litigated to satisfaction in XXX OIL & GAS v. HILCORP, Louisiana Third Circuit Court of Appeal,  206 So.3d 885 (2016)"
Dec 12, 2020
Bob Zimmerman replied to Steve Powers's discussion Unleased mineral owners with Chesapeake production and no payments
"Unleased landowners looking for salvation in the La. Mineral Code, Title 31 should  instead be looking in the Conservation Code, specifically at Article 10 of Title 30. The Mineral Code concerns leased property. Insofar as unleased production…"
Dec 12, 2020
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Nov 29, 2020
Steve Powers replied to Steve Powers's discussion Unleased mineral owners with Chesapeake production and no payments
"Skip, Thanks for the reply.  Several years ago, I sent a certified letter with a request for well reports in accordance with the Louisiana Mineral Code, and followed up with phone calls. No response was ever received. According to Pacer, the…"
Nov 28, 2020
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Unleased mineral owners with Chesapeake production and no payments

I'm looking for Haynesville Shale unleased mineral owners, with Chesapeake production on their section, who are not being paid, and are not receiving well reports.I recently discovered I have a tract where Chesapeake has not paid me, nor forwarded well or production reports.  The wells in question are way past payout.  Title to the land is clear and it is clearly unleased.I've been told that Chesapeake will frequently just stonewall the small unleased owner who has well production, even where…See More
Nov 28, 2020

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At 12:38 on November 29, 2020, Skip Peel - Mineral Consultant said…

Steve, being a mineral consultant, and not an O&G lawyer, I don't know if your submission would help, hurt or have no effect.  I suspect that the bankruptcy judge's ruling is already determined but not yet announced.  I suspect that the CHK bankruptcy ruling and Judge Hick's ruling on the BPX class action will come before Christmas.  The allegations in both class suits are identical.  I work with all three law firms bringing the class suits.  The BPX case is actually more significant at this time as a ruling for the plaintiffs will result in multiple class actions against all the major Louisiana Haynesville operating companies for illegal post production deductions to UMI production payments.

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