Before an oil or gas well can be bored, it is essential for the well operators, financiers and eventual purchasers of the oil or natural gas to know that there is proper title to the leased mineral rights. At Long, Claypole & Blakley, P.C., we have years of experience in the field of oil and gas law that gives us the skill to deliver title opinions on which our clients may confidently rely.
An oil or gas title opinion is a document prepared by an attorney that identifies everyone who has mineral rights or other interests on the parcel where the drilling will occur. The opinion also identifies any problems with each person’s title and recommends curative measures to solve these problems. The title opinion differs from a title abstract, which merely summarizes the relevant transactions in each person’s chain of title. The purpose of the title opinion is to reduce the risk that interested parties who have not agreed to lease the mineral rights will claim a valid interest in the well once it is drilled. Lack of an essential agreement can potentially force the well operators into litigation and lead to paying millions of dollars in compensation.
Several types of oil and gas title opinions might be needed for any particular parcel, such as:
We are experienced in searching titles and in preparing and reviewing all types of title opinions.
Long, Claypole & Blakley Law, PLC advises Oklahomans on all legal issues related to oil and gas production. Please call 580-599-0191 or contact us online to make an appointment for a consultation at our Enid office.