Ownership:

Ownership of mineral rights

THE SPLIT ESTATE

In the United States, the law gives a landowner complete ownership of the surface of the land and the airspace immediately above it – the surface rights – as well as any minerals located in…

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ACQUIRING MINERAL RIGHTS

How are mineral rights acquired? In this section we examine several methods through which people acquire an ownership interest, or title, to mineral rights. Title is a legal term and can be defined as “the…

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WHAT ARE MINERAL RIGHTS?

The ownership of all rights to crude oil, natural gas, or other minerals as they naturally occur in place, at or beneath the surface of a tract of land. Ownership of minerals also grants a…

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