MAILBAG: Oil and gas exploration help?

Kirk of West Olive asked, "Is there someone in the area who knows about leasing property for oil and gas exploration?"
Mark Brooky
Oct 24, 2012

n? Or is there a workshop or agency that can answer my questions?"

ANSWER:

According to the Michigan State University Extension service, some companies have been contacting landowners in Michigan to get them to lease their land for oil and natural gas exploration. They've offered bonuses between $35 and $200 per acre.

Some people get rich, certainly; others don't. You should know the risks as well as the rewards.

The MSU Extension service is offering a class just for you, Kirk. "What a Landowner Needs to Know Before Signing an Oil and Gas Lease Educational Program" will take place at the Olive Township Hall, 6480 136th Ave., from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1. There is a registration fee of $5 per person payable at the door.

According to the MSU Extension service and Olive Township officials, signing an oil and gas lease means you have essentially “sold” a part of your property to the company. They advise you to negotiate for "a good lease," which can mean more income for you, the landowner, over the lifetime of the lease.

The Nov. 1 presentation will include speakers from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality's Oil, Gas and Minerals Division; MSU Extension; a representative from the oil and gas industry; and an oil and gas attorney that represents private landowners. There will also be a time for questions and answers.

While registration for the workshop isn't required, the Ottawa County MSU Extension office would like to know an approximate number of people attending it so they can prepare a sufficient amount of materials. They ask that you call them at 616-994-4540 by Oct. 31 if you plan to attend.

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