Sorting Out Mineral Rights
Do you own the mineral rights to your land? Many landowners have no idea. Usually, you assume you do, unless mineral rights have specifically been excluded from the sale.
However, this can become tricky. Many deeds fail to include this information. Still others may convey mineral rights, but may be incorrect.
Any previous land owners, dating back to the original land grant, may have withheld the transfer of a property’s mineral rights.
The only way you can be absolutely positive is to research historical deeds and property records carefully and thoroughly. Mineral-rich states where land owners need to be particularly alert because of the abundance of oil, gas, coal, gold, silver and other precious minerals…