Oklahoma Surface Damage Agreement Lawyers
At Mahaffey & Gore, P.C., we represent operators and surface owners in surface damage and seismic exploration negotiations as well as other property and environmental law matters. If surface damage agreements are not carefully drafted, it can result in future costly disputes. However, with skilled legal planning, it is often possible to avoid disputes from arising altogether.
Surface Damage Agreements
Surface damage disputes typically arise when the surface owner claims the operator caused damage to the property surrounding the well. The operator has the right to drill, but drilling operations cannot cause undue damage to the surrounding surface property, including crops, roads and livestock.
Lessees are generally responsible for compensating landowners for damage inflicted on their property. Landowners must allow lessees access to their drilling operations. If you are a surface rights owner or operator entering into an oil and gas lease, it is important to carefully draft clauses pertaining to surface damages.
Our lawyers are well-versed in the Oklahoma Surface Damages Act, the statute that governs this area of oil and gas exploration. We can help you understand your rights and obligations, drafting surface damage agreements that work for you.
Seismic Exploration Negotiations
Seismic exploration is a means of testing subsurface earth for oil and gas by means of seismic instruments. These instruments can cause damage to springs, wells, crops and other sensitive areas on the surface rights owner’s property.
Before signing a seismic exploration agreement, both landowner and operator should give careful consideration to a number of factors, including:
- Allowed access points
- Duration of the exploration
- Areas where motor vehicles are allowed
- Compensation for damaged property
If you have concerns about a seismic exploration agreement or any oil and gas transaction, our lawyers are here to provide you with the guidance you need.
Contact An Oil And Gas Attorney
If you are seeking guidance for an oil and gas lease in Oklahoma, our attorneys are here to provide you with skilled guidance and advocacy. Contact us today online or by telephone at 405-694-4472 or toll free at 888-792-5235 to arrange a consultation with a knowledgeable oil and gas lease negotiation lawyer. Our law offices are located in Oklahoma City.