Renegotiating Barnett Shale Leases Can Open Doors for Millions - Texas Oil & Gas Lawyer Humphreys

Weatherford, Texas (PressExposure) May 19, 2009 -- Old oil and gas leases can be turned into a potential gold mine for royalty owners if they take the right steps now to obtain more favorable terms, according to Weatherford oil and gas attorney Mark Humphreys.

“A lot of old leases can be broken if the royalty payments have ceased or dropped off to only two or three per year,” Humphreys said in a video posted on his web site at []. “It’s very likely these leases can be broken. We’ve been successful doing this in the past, and we’re going to continue to be successful.”

Potentially Millions of Dollars

“We’re not talking about a signing bonus of a couple hundred bucks,” Humphreys noted. “We’re talking about potentially millions of dollars in royalties on a bigger lease, and certainly thousands of dollars even on the smaller leases in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.”

Humphreys described it as “a real big mistake” for a landowner to focus only on the two paragraphs out of the 20 or more in a typical lease that address the bonus and royalty amounts. Typically found in oil and gas leases are provisions governing: • Habendum clause estate ownership rights • Force majeure declarations • Pooling agreements • Lease termination requirements • Post-production land use • New wells and wells on adjoining properties wells

“Every paragraph in a lease means something,” according to Humphreys. “The oil and gas companies pay big bucks to landmen and lawyers to review and negotiate the leases. Yet all too often a landowner talks to his next door neighbor and decides whether it’s a good deal or not. You’ve got to have a lawyer look at these things,” Humphreys added.

About Law Office of Mark Humphreys

Mark Humphreys represents individuals and small companies in damages, injury, contract and real estate matters with organizations such as oil and gas companies, insurers, employers and other larger entities. His practice is focused on the Weatherford, Grand Prairie, Arlington, Dallas-Fort Worth area, and he can be contacted at 817-599-9922, - A video describing his oil and gas practice is available on YouTube at and on the law firm’s website, []

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Press Release Submitted On: May 19, 2009 at 1:03 pm
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