Landowners across the country have sold their mineral rights to large oil and gas companies. Hoping to make enough to help support themselves, some landowners may be surprised when they see that the royalties paid on their land leases are sizably reduced. Under United States law, payments made to landowners may not be less than 12.5% of the oil and gas sales from their land. Unfortunately, some oil and gas companies find ways to reduce the amount that they pay to landowners. If you are a mineral rights owner and you have noticed that your checks have fallen below the required minimum, there are legal steps you can take. Speaking with a commercial litigation lawyer can help you determine your legal rights in this case.
At Prebeg, Faucett & Abbott, PLLC, our legal team is dedicated to helping those involved in oil and gas disputes reach a fast and fair resolution. You should not have to seek compensation on your own, and our legal team has the experience and skills needed to help you fight back if you feel you’ve been taken advantage of.
Ways Oil and Gas Companies May Try to Reduce Payment
Oil and gas companies may not give reasons for reducing payment. Often times, these companies hope that you will not ask questions when it comes to your royalty payments. However, our lawyers know how the process of discovery works and are prepared to sort out your royalty payments for you. Some of the illegal ways oil and gas companies may try to reduce your payments include:
- Keeping payment for transportation costs or marketing fees
- Withholding money without explanation
- Using the gas to power equipment at the drill site, lowering the amount of possible sales
Oil and gas companies have many ways of covering up the amount they are keeping from landowners, and at Prebeg, Faucett & Abbott, PLLC, our lawyers want to help you fight for the full and fair payments you are owed.
Consult an Oil and Gas Royalty Dispute Lawyer
If you are being shorted in payments from the oil or gas company with which you signed a lease, you may be eligible for compensation. At Prebeg, Faucett & Abbott, PLLC, our legal team is prepared to handle your case and help you fight for the money to which you are entitled. Call (832) 742-9260 today to speak with an oil and gas royalty dispute lawyer who can help you understand your legal rights in this situation.