The financial creative way they add invisible ink into the contracts so they can decrease your share of the production is just amazing. They act like it's a privilege to have them produce our minerals, soon they'll be charging us a privilege tax.
At the beginning of the year, on the 15th of the month I went into the EPA website to see if there would be a check that month. Sure enough there was sizable production. Enough where I should have gotten a decent check. When no check came, I called Chesapeake up to see why I did not get any check. They told me actually for that month I owed them money, but I shouldn't worry because they weren't going to bill me for what I owed them.
Needless to say I told them I worked very hard to pay for my property, and that without me they would be making zero dollars. How dare they steal like this? And the worst is our government officials are allowing it. Could it be that many government officials are getting checks when we are not?
To me, it would be a variable dependant upon history and a series of variables.
To coin another's favorite answer to many questions we were asked : 'How long is a piece of string ?'