There is a company starting to drill a well not far from our property, which we have leased with a different company. The 1st companies map shows the path they plan to drill starts at the corner of that other property, then more than 70% will be drilled across our property (we have 200 acres). It goes right through the center of our property. I called the company doing the drilling (Chesapeake) and they don't return our calls. Also called the company we have a lease with (20% royalties) and they don't get back to use either.
Which company are you leased with?? More than likey Chesapeke and the company you leased with are partners in the venture.
We found that our leaseholder (Anadarko) has two partners in the units that we are in in Clinton and Lycoming counties.
Did you already search Landex.com for new information?
Our company is Talisman
Your lease rules regardless of who is the operator. Drillers horse trade all the time. If you leased in hopes of collecting royalties it would seem you're golden. Enjoy.
Call Talisman Stakeholder Relations Advisor Amy Gilbert at 607-562-4029 in Horseheads. She may be able to help.
Here is the other part of this question. The other company is staring the well on the very edge of another property and then drilling more than 70% of the well on our property. The maps and tests show us to have one of the highest concentrations in the Marcellus Shale on our property. No one has said anything about pooling but that seems like that is what is going to happen. The well starts on the far edge of a person who owns 150 acres, crosses two 5 acre parcels and then comes on to our 200 acre land, where more than 70% of the drilling will take place. Talisman had told us pooling is required in some states, but not in PA., and that we would get 20% royalty of 100% of the gas taken off our land because we have 200 acres. They also said they would probably put 4 wells on our property. This other company is putting their well right through the middle of our property so it doesnt look like any other wells could be drilled. This does not look as good as we were told. Will we get 20% of 70% of the royalties because the well is drilled through 70+% of our property or will they add the acreage from the 4 land owners 360 acres total and give us 20% of 55%
They do form pooled units in PA.
When you are in a unit you share proportionatley in the royalties according to the amount of acreage you own within the unit.
We are in two seperate units one is a 698 acre unit that has five producing wells.
The other unit is split into a North and a South unit we are in the South unit (536 acres)and share in the royalties from three wells in that unit.
The only way you can/will find out how many acres will be in your unit is to find the declaration of pooled unit that is filed in the courthouse of the county where your property is located. If you reside in the county you can go to the courthouse and search for it. If you are an absentee landowner there are various online services that are linked to county courthouses, landex that was mentioned previously as well as infocon county access.
Only trouble with the DPU's (declaration of pooled unit) is sometimes they are not filed in a timely manner... The one unit we are in that has been producing and paying royalties since Nov. 2011 and there is still no DPU filed, the other unit started producing in Feb. 2012 and there is a DPU filed for that one...
Also if you receive division orders, ( which is a good thing!!) the amount of acreage in the unit as well as your decimal percentage of interest in the royalties is indicated on this document.
This process is all at the will of the gas company... We did not receive division orders till after the royalties started showing up...
Good point Mike C.!!
while looking for your DPU's also keep an eye out for a reassignment of lease filing in the courthouse. This document if found will tell you who Talisman's joint venture partners are.
Bradford County told us there aren't any recordings of any instruments related to our farm
Ok back to square one again...
Other than checking at the courthouse on a regular basis your only other option is to contact your leaseholders land agent division.... I have also found emailing different divisions within the company gets better results than trying to wade through their phone menus.
Once I got in touch with the correct people within our drilling company they answered all my questions.
Good luck keep us posted on how you make out.
Just wanted to mention in passing Talisman no longer is telling royalty owners, not within unit declarations and not within division orders either, how many acres are in the unit overall or how much of royalty owner's acreage is included in unit. This is new. In the past, Talisman made this information available routinely. It never used to be an issue.
This no longer is of concern to Dr. Maxwell. He apparently now is with Chesapeake, and Chesapeake DOES report this critical information to its royalty owners AFAIK.
However, for those still with Talisman this is rapidly becoming a major cause de celebre . Obviously, without knowing these critical acreage numbers it is impossible for Talisman royalty owners to know whether or not they are being paid properly. And few, if any, Talisman leases require Talisman to report this information.
It's a real mess, let me tell you. However, many royalty owners are so far unaware because the old Talisman unit declarations and old Talisman division orders were fine. Many Talisman royalty owners have not received either of those documents recently. But when Talisman units are amended, and it happens constantly, the amended unit declarations will cast a shroud over matters for a great many landowners. I have to assume that's how Talisman wants it. With the change, nobody can check up on them.