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Landowner Rights

Private property ownership in Texas is a bedrock principle. Private property ownership accounts for 95 percent of all land holdings in the state. In the context of oil and natural gas, a property owner may own the minerals under the land. If the property owner severs mineral ownership from surface ownership, two types of estates are created: a mineral estate and a surface estate. When this occurs, legal rights and responsibilities flow to each, separate estate.
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Landowner Commitment and Core Training Materials

Pipeline companies considering a new liquids pipeline project are committed to training employees and real-estate representatives to treat landowners fairly, openly and with respect. In order to accomplish this goal, Association of Pipelines (AOPL) strives to negotiate with landowners in good faith,

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Mineral Owner Rights

Ownership of the mineral estate includes five essential rights: 1) to develop 2) to lease 3) to receive bonus payments 4) to receive delay rentals and 5) to receive royalty payments.

If the mineral owner decides to develop the estate himself,

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