The General Mining Act of 1872, amongst other things, afforded people the right to prepare and mine a particular government-owned property, known as ‘staking a claim.’ Once staked, a survey was prepared to depict the mining claim’s boundaries. A private person who satisfies the required ‘assessment work’ could eventually convert the right to mine into … Continue Reading
Dividing Oil and Gas Interests in a Colorado Separation or Dissolution of Marriage Co-Author: Gregg Greenstein Introduction Colorado family law courts are accustomed to dividing typical marital property items such as real estate, furniture, cars, and bank accounts during a legal separation or dissolution of marriage. What happens when the marital estate includes atypical assets … Continue Reading
Avoid two mineral rights malpractice traps for listing brokers.
Attorneys at Frascona, Joiner, Goodman & Greenstein, P.C. can assist surface owenrs with adding the minerals to the tax roll, purchasing the tax lien, and applying for and perfectingthe treasurer’s deed.
This article contemplates how SB 181’s tweaks to the forced pooling process and requirement for new COGCC public health and safety rules may practically serve to impede new oil and gas development in the State of Colorado.
Updated: Sept. 9, 2019. Part I: Realignment of the COGCC and Delegation of Control to Local Governments Puts an Emphasis on Protecting Health, Safety, and Welfare, including the Environment and Wildlife Resources. On Tuesday, April 16, 2019, Governor Jared Polis signed into law Senate Bill 181 ‘Concerning Additional Public Welfare Protections Regarding the Conduct of … Continue Reading
The restrictive covenant on my property that says ‘no oil/gas drilling allowed’ means no one can develop the minerals under my property, right? Not exactly. Buyers of Colorado real estate often mistakenly rest easy knowing their property is subject to a restrictive covenant disallowing oil and gas development (referred to herein as a ‘no oil … Continue Reading
I want to purchase then develop vacant commercial property, but I don’t think the minerals are included. What should I do? Targeting a split estate property on pre-contract strategies, common pre-closing considerations, and legal tools to repair split estate complications.
Why is the Duration of an Oil and Gas Lease Confusing? The duration of an oil and gas lease is the cause of a lot of confusion – and for good reason. An oil and gas lease contains two ‘terms,’ a primary term and a secondary term. If the lease carries over from primary term … Continue Reading
Article Updated: 7/11/2018 The oil and gas company told me to sign the lease or they would ‘force pool’ me. Can they do that? Yes, but it’s not as bad as it sounds. The term ‘forced pooling’ is slang for Colorado statute CRS § 34-60-116(6) that allows the oil and gas company to apply for … Continue Reading