Oil & Gas / Mineral Searches

We know that it can be difficult determining who owns the Oil, Gas and Mineral rights to a property. Whether you are the owner of a property who has been approached about leasing or selling your mineral rights, a buyer wanting to make sure you receive all the interests in the property you are buying or an Attorney or Real Estate Professional making sure your clients have the best possible information before making an important decision, we can help. Be sure to consult our experts to help you complete all your real estate transactions.

Questions Regarding Oil & Gas / Mineral Rights

Marketable Title vs. Oil & Gas/ Mineral Report

Marketable Title
Marketable TitleOil & Gas/ Mineral Report
Time frame of search42 Years 100+ Years
Are Leases Shown? YesYes
Are Marginal Notations on the Leases Shown? Not Usually The Commitment excludes any examination of marginal notations or cross references.Yes
Are Mineral severances shown YesYes
Are they researched to find out who currently owns them NoYes

Depending on the property the time frames to perform each exam can differ greatly. If it would normally take half a day to perform a marketable title exam (42 year search) it may take several days to perform a 100+ year mineral exam. The longer the time frame of the exam the more issues arise that need to be noted in the title report. Another factor that adds to the time in examining mineral interests is expanding the scope of the search not just regarding the time frame but also the cross references and marginal notations of leases and severed mineral rights. Each lease that is found needs to be treated like its own chain of title, the same is true for severed mineral rights. When a marketable title search is complete there is usually one chain of title for the owners of the property and a list of all the encumbrances each owner attached to the property. When a mineral report is complete there can be many different chains for each lease or severed mineral interest and dozens of items that affect those interests.