Texas law and your mineral estate
Posted on Friday, November 6th, 2015 at 4:08 pm
Land ownership in Texas is divided between the mineral estate and the surface estate, according to the Railroad Commission of Texas. Considering the widespread development of oil and gas properties in Texas over time, the two estate properties are usually owned by different people. The division happens when the surface estate is sold and the mineral rights are retained by the owners. There are cases in which the owner sells mineral rights but keeps the surface, but it is considered a rare occasion.
Mineral estate is dominant under the Texas law, which generally means that the owner may freely use the surface to access the mineral property, depending on the lease or the deed involved. However, many cities have ordinances that restrict oil and gas activities on the properties within the city’s jurisdiction.
If you are considering selling mineral rights in Texas, our qualified representatives at The Mineral Auction are ready to work on your case and alleviate the burden of finding a trustworthy buyer. Call us now at (512) 698-2802 to learn about our unique approach.