The separation of ownership of mineral rights and surface rights to property give rise to competing interests and conflicts between landowners and oil and gas operators. While Oil and Gas Operators in Oklahoma are governed by Oklahoma Corporation Commission rules and regulations, many violations go unpunished and many dangerous conditions are permitted to exist without correction.
Many landowners lack knowledge regarding the relationship between their rights as surface owners and the rights of oil and gas operators on their land. Some operators use this lack of knowledge against the landowners, by taking more of the surface for their use than necessary, using it for longer than necessary, or by under-compensating landowners for surface damages.
When a oil and gas operator unlawfully damages or infringes on the use and enjoyment of his or her property, the landowner often must resort to a civil action based on nuisance and trespass. If you have questions or concerns about damages or loss of use of your property caused by an oil and gas operator, we urge you to contact our office immediately at (405) 224-4000.