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I’m a little confused about this article. EOG owns the mineral rights but not the surface rights. They want to place several wells on the land surface but the current land (surface owner?) doesn’t want the wells on his hunting land. How is it that EOG can force or sue the surface owner?
Do I have this correct?  Thank you

looks like he they issued him a general warranty deed and it says surface only, but no real details.  He's saying they haven't offered fair compensation since he has already made substantial improvements to the property.   EOG is acting like its an eminent domain and they should be able to access there minerals  and are trying to force it since theyve made a good faith offer.  The land owner says this will set a precedent an allow EOG to place well pads where it is best suited for them without fair compensation to the surface right holder

 

A newer  mineral deed might read

THIS NON-SURFACE USE OIL AND GAS DEED DOES NOT GRANT THE GRANTEES
ANY USE OF THE SURFACE INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE INSTALLATION
OF WELLS, PIPELINES, WELL PADS, ACCESS ROADS, EQUIPMENT, STRUCTURES,
AND BUILDINGS. ALL SURF ACE ACTIVITY TO PRODUCE THE OIL AND GAS MUST
OCCUR AT A DIFFERENT LANDOWNER'S SURFACE LOCATION. THE GRANTORS
ARE CONVEYING NO SURFACE RJGHTS BY THIS INSTRUMENT.

This is an interesting discussion about landowner rights.  Does a gas lease generally include use of the surface for extraction of oil & gas?  I believe in PA gas leases they do.  But is this a difference between older (maybe older leases from conventional well drilling days) leases and those being signed in the current shale environment?  

Thank you this is helpful information. 

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