What is a mineral lease?

A mineral lease is a contractual agreement between two entities, the owner of a mineral estate and another party, usually an oil and gas company. The lease gives the oil and gas company or individual the right to explore for and develop the minerals that might be found underneath an area described in the lease. When property owners (the lessor) sign a lease, they essentially become a partner with the company (the lessee).

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1. Can someone else own the minerals underneath my property? How can I tell if I own my minerals?
2. Does the City offer assistance or advice to property owners regarding mineral leases?
3. How can I find out if a natural gas well permit has been obtained near my property?
4. How can I register a complaint or contact an inspector?
5. How is gas well drilling and production regulated in Texas?
6. What role does the City of Denton have in gas well permitting and regulation?
7. What are the stormwater requirements for gas wells?
8. How many wells are located in Denton?
9. How long is the gas well active or producing?
10. What is the oil and gas drilling disclaimer?
11. What can I expect when a company is going perform activities in my area?
12. What can I expect when a company is going to drill in my area?
13. What emergency plans are in place in case of an accident?
14. What happens to the well after production?
15. What is a blow out and what is a blow out preventer (BOP)?
16. What is a mineral lease?
17. How is natural gas transported?
18. What is fracturing or completing with hydraulic horsepower?
19. What is seismic exploration, and what will I notice when it is performed?
20. What is the Barnett Shale?