Call an attorney and be prepared to spend a little bit of money up front to have them unravel this for you.
Please contact me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can talk from there on resolving your issue.
Then send a copy of the recorded release from Vista to Shell. That I would think should be a quick and very inexpensive process.
Have you researched this at the courthouse? You should get copies of any and all deeds and leases involved and see what the terms are. I am not an attorney but that would be where I would start.
Heir. Get the release with the parcel number on it and have it recorded with the county. It looks like the person that did the research couldn't figure it all out and reported a possible problem. I had a pipeline row on my property that was from the 1950's with East Texas Transmission (before I owned this property). I contacted them in the early 80's and they sent me a release since the pipeline never went in. I took it to the county and had it recorded. Even if the parcel you have was never encumbered, the recorded release will show exactly that with no room for confusion. Never turn down a release. Best of luck to you on this!
Shell bought the deep rights from Vista maybe they want your lease for free ? Get the release from Vista.
I have property in Crawford Co ,PA and I was told it is held by production from a well on an adjoining piece of property. The well was not producing so the gas co. offered the man I bought the land off of a cash buy out of that well and was to be released from contract. I own the OGMs with the land but the gas co. said I am held.
Can anyone help ?
Obviously, it is very important that this be sorted out.
And, the sooner the better.
My suggestion would be to obtain the services of a local Attorney with O&G experience.
I think that this is a situation that would best be handled with legal assistance.
The more documentation that you can get together (prior to meeting with an Attorney), the less the attorney will need to do (and the less it should cost you).
You may wish to join the Crawford County Group on gomarcellusshale.com.
Someone on the Crawford County Group might be able to recommend an Attorney.
Good luck, and please let us know how things turn out.
We were erroniously held in production by an error at the local county courthouse.took almost a year to solve. The way i understand that if EVER youre disputed ground received royalties or was in the original parcel/lease then you are "held in production" period.My neighbor has found this out. My advise ...leave no stone unturned. good luck!