My brother, sister and I are surface and mineral owners here in Anderson County. We have varying levels of mineral rights on properties around Brushy Creek and Neches, and we own farm land with mineral rights between Neches and Slocum, just off Hwy 84, 8.5 miles east of Palestine. All told, we have a share of mineral rights on about 900 acres.
Approximately three weeks ago, I learned of increased oil/gas leasing activity in Anderson County. Shortly afterward, I learned that the northeast "bend" in the Eagle Ford formation takes it right through Anderson County. That really got me interested! Since that time, I've been spending lots of hours in the County Clerk's office studying filed leases as well as researching the history of our land/mineral rights ownership. I've also been spending lots of time on the internet educating myself about the various oil/gas plays in East Texas, the geology of Anderson County, and the ins and outs of the leasing game. I knew nothing about oil/gas leasing a few weeks ago, I've made great strides, but I've got a lot left to learn. Thankfully, I'm retired, so I've got plenty of time!
In the last three months, sixteen different leasing organizations have filed oil/gas leases or memos in Anderson County. I've looked through hundreds of documents. There is lots of leasing going on in numerous areas around the county. Our family has received lease offers on some of our Brushy Creek properties, and I expect to receive lease offers at some point soon on our Neches properties and our farm land. All of our properties have had multiple leases on them in years past.
The one thing I'm tracking closely is horizontal well permits. There has never been one in Anderson County. There are horizontal wells in Leon and Houston counties, which border Anderson on the south and southwest, and I expect Anderson will be next. It's just a matter of time.
I found the Eagle Ford Forum while doing my internet research, and I'm very impressed with the detailed information that is being shared. I've found much of it to be very helpful. I look forward to participating, and I will be glad to try to help anyone who has interests in Anderson County.
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