Surface Use and Access for Oil and Gas Exploration in Frontier Areas


Leasing and exploration for oil and gas can cause headaches for landmen and lawyers when actual ownership varies from ownership of record and the surface and mineral estate have been separated. In such cases, the surface owner may have no incentive to see minerals developed and may be opposed if the development will cause him nuisance or harm the value of his surface properties. In addition, periods of high prices have empowered surface mineral owners to make more demands from operators.

Reprinted with permission from the May/June 2009 Landman Magazine, V. 54, No. 3, © 2009 American Association of Professional Landmen.

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