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November 4th, 2011

Know the Responsibilities of Oil and Gas Lease Brokers

by Dov Waxman

In general, many land owners, particularly absentee land owners are not aware of the developments and the production of minerals in that area. Sometimes, few people even do not know that their property has some minerals beneath it and they can make cash out of them without selling the land. Even though few owners know about the mineral deposits, they are able to assess the geological significance of the land, its structure, and the kind the of mineral deposits beneath their surface. However, they are not pretty sure on how to approach a mining company, how to lease or sell their lease. For such people these brokers are of much help.

The oil or gas lease broker is an independent land man who neither belongs to any mining company nor related to any land owner. He generally operates with many companies in a geographical area and gain some knowledge about the mineral developments in the lands in that area. With his expertise he can let you know the companies who are looking for oil and gas deposits and acts as the barrier between the company and the landlord who has such mineral deposits which the company is looking for.

The moment the land man locates the areas which can produce good minerals they mark them as excellent prospectus and also check for the adjacent sights which can provide such productions. The land man does the basic work like establishing the geological formations, researching the local area and lease ownership, with the land owners permission. He checks whether the land owner possesses both the mineral and the surface rights.

Once the land man is clear with every thing he lets the company know about the land and the details of the owner. If the company find the things which they are looking for then they will send solicitations through mails for the leases of his mineral rights. If the land owner is fine with the stated amount of royalty on the lease both the parties can move forward to the agreement. All the things which are required to sign a beneficial agreement for both the parties will be taken care by the land man.

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