A boom is happening in places with oil and gas reserves. Deep “plays” are now economically feasible where they weren’t two years ago when oil was a lot cheaper.
In West Virginia, Pennsylvania and New York, gas in the Marcellus shale is in play. Acreage is being leased and drilled; pipelines are planned. Similar frenzies are occurring in Texas, Wyoming, South Dakota, Arkansas and other locales.
Landowners need to educate themselves about the language in these leases and what their lease rights are worth.
The West Virginia Surface Owners’ Rights Organization (www.wvsoro.org) is working with the West Virginia Farm Bureau to educate property owners. These folks are not against leasing and o&g production; they’re for fair compensation. The WVSORO website links to all state o&g laws as well as posts regarding the dollar amount of current offers for acreage and royalties. Everything is negotiable. Lawyers working for landowners are listed, along with other resources.
I’m interested in hearing what’s going on around the country, from the landowners’ perspective.
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