Mineral & Land Owners


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Are you an Ohio Land Owner? Do you have old forgotten wells on your property? Are you interested in signing a lease? Or are you already one of our many customers?

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Why Choose Northwood Energy?


WE ARE LOCAL.

We are a local company employing local people to provide energy to America. Nearly all our employees, from the President to the field workers, reside in Ohio. We believe our people are our greatest asset, and because we live in the local communities, we hold a higher respect for you and your property.


WE WORK HARD.

Our determination to find the best opportunities to explore for oil and gas sets us apart from our competitors. Our commitment does not stop there. We work hard to find the best locations and to maximize the amount of oil and gas that is ultimately sold.


WE RISK OUR OWN MONEY.

We are a private company and do not solicit outside investors or take on debt to fund our drilling program. Because we drill using the funds we generate from the oil and gas produced, our only incentive is to drill the most successful wells possible. This means that you, as a royalty owner, receive the advantage of our full and undivided effort on each well. Our continued success depends on landowners allowing us the opportunity to develop the best sites, which should lead to maximum royalties.


WE WANT TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS.

We pride ourselves on having highly-trained professionals at all levels of the company and are more than willing to speak with you regarding any questions or concerns you have. We believe that being knowledgeable about the process creates a better experience for everyone.

The Drilling and Production Process

Landowners can quickly be immersed in the process of drilling and production of a well, and as a result, must be prepared for what to expect. The drilling and production processes for new wells include numerous and complex stages that can be months in the planning. At Northwood, we believe the more our landowners understand regarding this process, the better their experience will be. The drilling process begins long before the rig is brought on location to begin drilling. We work hard to ensure the process moves as quickly and efficiently as possible, while maintaining a safe environment for everyone concerned. As a brief overview, once a drill site is selected, the following general process takes place:


TITLE EXAMINATION

Title examination of tracts identified as potential drill sites is conducted by a title attorney to determine who the mineral interest owners are, and to identify any defects in the title to these tracts. The title attorney also identifies any potential issues with respect to the tracts that should be dealt with prior to drilling for oil or gas.


CURATIVE

Often, the title attorney discovers issues with the title and requires that additional documentation be obtained. This may require our Contract Land Agents to contact you again to assist in this process, or to sign other necessary documents.


PERMITTING PROCESS

Before the drilling process can begin, Northwood must first apply for and receive a permit from the State of Ohio. This process insures that Northwood is in compliance with stringent industry standards and State laws. These standards and laws are designed for the interest of the landowner, and to minimize the environmental damage to lands in the State of Ohio.


SITE SURVEY

Locations of drill sites are determined by the Exploration staff, which includes geologists, geophysicists, reservoir engineers and land and legal representatives. These professionals review all geological and geophysical data, as well as off-set well information, to determine the location of every potential drill site. Our Drilling Supervisor will examine potential drill sites to determine if a location for the drilling and equipment exists over the subsurface target , then creates a plan for construction; taking into account the geological and geophysical parameters that determined the site. Then, we utilize a licensed surveyor for the land survey process in compliance with state permitting regulations. Additionally, our Drilling Supervisor ensures that the site construction conforms with state regulations.


DRILLING PROCESS

Our Drilling Supervisor works closely with our drilling contractor to determine the dates for the arrival of equipment on the drilling site.

Once the drilling rig is moved on and drilling is commenced, the rig will likely run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, until drilling is complete. Depending on many factors, drilling may be completed in 10 days, but if problems are encountered, can take up to a month or more. It is in everyone’s best interest to complete these operations in a timely manner without compromising the safety of the rig workers or well construction. The drilling rig will be moved to the next drill site upon completion of the drilling process.


COMPLETION PROCESS

A service rig will be moved on to the drill site to prepare the well for production of oil and/or natural gas. Ideally, this takes 3 days and is performed during day-light hours. Again, if problems are encountered, this can take longer. It is at this stage where we will be able to determine whether the well can produce oil and gas in commercial quantities.


BEGIN PRODUCTION

Once the well is completed, our Supervisor will work with our Land Department to determine the location of production facilities. Construction will include pipelines, production units, tanks and meters, and possibly electric and/or telephone lines. Oil and water produced from the well will be stored in these tanks and gas produced will be transported through these pipelines to market.


RECLAMATION

Regardless of whether this effort results in a producing well or not, the drill site will be reclaimed according to state regulations as established by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Mineral Resource Management (“DMRM”). The reclamation process can vary based on weather conditions and work schedules.


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The Leasing Process

Northwood Energy Corporation understands that leasing your mineral interest is an extremely important decision. We believe the steps our Exploration Team takes before we contact you regarding an oil and gas lease is one of the many distinctions that sets us apart from other oil and gas companies. The following is a brief and general overview of the leasing process:


IDENTIFY FAVORABLE GEOLOGIC AREAS

Our Exploration Department’s experience allows Northwood to determine what geologic prospects are favorable for oil and/or natural gas development. Typically, the prospects identified at this stage are very broad in nature and span several townships, and sometimes counties.


TAKEOFF

Northwood reviews and examines the public records to identify specific tracts and mineral interest ownership that is not subject to existing oil and gas leases. This process is commonly referred to as the “Takeoff”.


OBTAIN LEASES

After identifying land and/or mineral owners not currently believed to be subject to an oil and gas lease, one of our Contract Land Agents will likely approach you to negotiate a lease of your interest. For additional information visit the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Mineral Resources Management website which provides information for landowners regarding the leasing process for oil and gas in Ohio at www.ohiodnr.com/oil/oil_landowner/tabid/17732/Default.aspx.


COLLECT & ANALYZE GEOLOGIC DATA

Northwood drills a variety of wells based on local geologic potential. To maximize the potential benefit to the royalty owner and to Northwood, it is imperative that we obtain the highest quality scientific data through a variety of tools. Our Geology Department scrutinizes the data to further identify the strongest potential drill sites on the leases which we have obtained or control. Due to the nature of the data and the level of analysis involved, this process may take as long as several years to complete.


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Royalty and Accounting Information

As a mineral rights owner, you are entitled to a percentile share of revenue generated by your well. These revenues are calculated based upon the quantity of oil and gas sold as per your lease agreement.


Royalty checks are mailed in the last week of every month. We generally do not release checks under $25, but we release all minimum suspense balance in December of every year regardless of amount.


Please contact us with any changes to the ownership or transfer of property, rights, or leases.


If you have specific questions about your lease, well, or royalty payment, please contact our accounting department at 614-457-1024 or email us from our contact page here.


Download a IRS W-9 form here:
http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/fw9.pdf

House Gas

PLEASE REPORT ANY NATURAL GAS OR OIL LEAKS TO US IMMEDIATELY.

You may have the valuable right to take gas for use in a single house on your property. Often this gas is free of charge up to a certain amount, and then you are entitled to purchase any gas used in excess of this yearly allotment.


Please note that this gas is only allowed for use in one residential home for normal heating and cooking use. It may not be used in barns, outbuildings, recreational or commercial capacities.


Also remember that Northwood Energy is not a utility company. We cannot guarantee that your well will always and consistently deliver a useable quantity of gas. There are many problems that occur with the normal operation of a well that may limit gas availability for a short or extended period of time. Please remember to ALWAYS HAVE A BACKUP source for heat and cooking, and remember that it is your responsibility to maintain your house gas line and equipment.


Please see our terms and conditions below, and contact us if you have any further question.


HOUSE GAS USER TERMS AND CONDITIONS



(1) Gas Equipment

The lessor/landowner must maintain their gas usage equipment. It is solely your responsibility. We strongly recommend that pressure reducing and safety regulators, drips and other associated equipment be cleaned and inspected by the user, or a professional, on a regular basis, as NEC does not provide this service.


(2) Gas Metering

NEC typically supplies a house gas meter when lease gas is being utilized from its facilities. The meter allows for measurement and billing of the gas over lease allotment, if there is a lease allotment, and is an excellent tool to use when checking for leaks in the gas line. You as the user can check your line by performing the following steps:

  • Shut the valve at the house
  • Watch the house gas meter at the well or tank battery or elsewhere on the house gas line
  • If the meter continues to measure house gas flow, a leak exists. The lessor should repair the leak and test the line again. This should be done periodically.


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(3) Service Line Mandatory Responsibilities

Congress expanded 49 CFR-192 in August 1995. This regulation relates to landowner’s service lines.

  • (a) The operator, Northwood Energy Corporation, does not own or maintain the landowner’s piping.
  • (b) The landowner’s piping may be subject to potential hazards of corrosion and/or leakage
  • (c) Gas piping should be:
      • -Periodically inspected for leaks
        -Periodically inspected for corrosion (if metal piping).
        -Repaired, if any unsafe conditions are discovered.

Before beginning excavation, buried piping should be located. Landowners must telephone the following for assistance in locating buried lines. The Oil & Gas Producers Underground Protection Service at (800) 925-0988, and the Ohio Utilities Protection Service (OUPS) at (800) 362-2764. Northwood Energy Company is not a public utility and gas is not guaranteed.


You must have a standby or alternate source of heat.


(4) Gas Outage

If you have a gas outage, please check your equipment first. If you feel it is a facility problem, call our office between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm Monday-Friday. We will get to our well or pipeline as soon as possible during working hours. If you request a service call after 5:00 pm or before 8:00 am, or on weekends or holidays, you will then be charged a minimum fee of $75.00, which is payable at the time of service to the field technician upon arrival. This fee does not include the cost of equipment replacement or labor.


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(5) Back up Energy Supply

Lease gas users should always have a back-up heat or energy supply.

The back-up supply should already be partially in use or immediately available. If a well or gas line has an operational problem, the lease gas supply may be interrupted. NEC is not responsible for the loss of gas at any time. Operational problems do occur and it may be considerable time before the problem is fixed. During cold months, a back-up supply is the only way to avoid frozen water pipes and the inconvenience associated with an interruption.


(6) Well or Pipeline Interruption

NEC reserves the right to at any time shut down our well or pipeline on a temporary basis for any reason. If a well or pipeline is planned to be completely abandoned then NEC will give 30 days written notice of its plans to the user. The user must then prepare for a permanent alternative source of energy.


(7) Cost of Natural Gas

The cost of the natural gas off of NEC’s pipeline will be based on Inside FERC NYMEX natural gas pricing. The cost, to the user, will be the Nymex base price plus $1.50 per 1000 cubic feet of gas, unless specified differently in your contract.


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(8) Invoicing

Invoicing for natural gas usage will occur monthly by Northwood Energy Corporation. Please remit payment to Northwood Energy Corporation.

Balance is due in full within 30 days after invoicing.


(9) Administration

As always, if you have a problem or question, we would like for you to call, email, or mail us a letter explaining the exact problem. If necessary, we can make an appointment for you to meet with one of our personnel to follow up on any particular problem.


(10) Transfer or Sale of Properties

Please notify us when there is a change in the ownership of the property we have under lease. Many times people forget to tell us that they have sold or otherwise conveyed ownership in their property to a new party. This results in royalty and/or rental payments being sent to the wrong owner or being held in suspense. We also lose our ability to communicate with the proper individuals. This gas usage is only for the property specified in the lease. If NEC is not notified within ninety (90) days of the property transfer then NEC is not liable for missed mailings.


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(11) Planning your year-round projects

When you are planning a farm or construction project, be sure to include the location of our pipelines and well facilities. In addition to being expensive to construct and repair, oil and gas pipelines and production equipment represent a potential safety hazard and possible environmental problem should you cut or damage them. Some of the types of activities that have resulted in problems in the past include:

  • Plowing
  • Building fences
  • Constructing farm ponds
  • Clearing stumps
  • Any kind of excavating, Trenching or digging
  • Burning brush
  • Installing tile lines
  • Cutting timber & brush
  • Grading roads & leveling lots
  • Installing septic tanks
(12) Operating space requirements

Another factor that should be included when planning any projects in the area around the wells, pipelines, tank batteries, lease roads, and other production equipment is the physical space required to operate and maintain our equipment. Drilling, completing, reworking and producing oil and gas wells are very equipment intensive. The area that it requires to move this equipment onto, off of, and the set up area around the well site can be significant. The space must be left accessible and is necessary for our ongoing operation.


For safety consideration, The Division of Oil and Gas recommends 200-foot spacing and mandates by law 100-foot spacing from an occupied building to the wellhead. Please be sure to contact us early in the planning process so that we may work together to insure that all safety and operating conditions can be properly and adequately addressed.


(13) Self reporting of meter usage available

If you would like to send in your monthly meter readings to help in monitoring your usage more closely, please contact us. We have a monthly postcard program for your use.


(14) Special note:

If you are in the area served by Dominion and have a connection or might be interested in one, please call our office to let us know. There may be a new servicing option available to you.


PLEASE REPORT ANY NATURAL GAS OR OIL LEAKS TO US IMMEDIATELY.



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Emergency Reporting

For emergencies, please call:
Our Office: 614-457-1024, Monday-Friday 8am-5pm

After-Hours Emergency Number:
614-275-6795, Monday to Friday 5pm-8am, weekends and holidays.

If you notice an oil or gas leak on one of our wells or pipelines, please call us immediately.


If there is a fire or accident, please call 911 or contact your local fire department or emergency services.


If you smell gas in / or around your house use common sense by opening windows and doors, turning off pilot lights, shutting off your gas service valve, and leaving the property until the problem is fixed.


If your house gas is not working, please see our House Gas page. Remember that we are NOT a utility and cannot guarantee a consistent supply of gas. It is your responsibility to maintain your service line, regulator, dump, and associated equipment. If you request a service call, you will be responsible for the cost to repair any of this equipment. Please, always have a backup source for heat and cooking!