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
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 a Colorado statute known as CRS Section 34-60-116(6) that allows the oil and gas company to apply for… Continue Reading
I am purchasing a new property. Are the mineral rights included? The specific language in a property’s prior conveyances, known as the chain of title, dictates whether the rights to the minerals are included in the purchase. As clearly disclaimed in the Colorado Contract to Buy and Sell Real Property, buying a property does not… Continue Reading
Can I keep my mineral rights? Yes. The general rule of thumb is that minerals run with the land so the mineral ownership and rights to existing royalty payments (if any) pass with the land to the new owner. A landowner must actively reserve or convey the minerals to avoid passing them to a new… Continue Reading
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