surface rights


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surface rights

[′sər·fəs ‚rīts]
(mining engineering)
Ownership of the surface land only, mineral rights being reserved.
Ownership of the surface land plus mineral rights.
The right of a mineral owner or an oil and gas lessee to use as much surface land as may be reasonably necessary for the conduct of operations under the lease.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Onshore production comes with a number of challenges ranging from environmental degradation, social ownership and license, local empowerment, economic equity, surface rights, displacement of agriculture and community lifestyles, in-migration, insecurity, suitability of legal frameworks, governance related national - local conflicts etc.
ENPNewswire-August 16, 2019--Vertical Exploration Acquires Additional Surface Rights and Initiates Field Sampling Program at its Flagship St-Onge Wollastonite Project in Quebec
'After the environmental impact assessment is approval by the Department of Environmental Affairs, we would then be issued with an environmental statement, after which we can apply for surface rights followed by application of a mining licence leading to commencement of construction of the mine,' he said.
The acquisition of the 107 gross producing wells and related surface rights increases Diversified's pro-forma net daily production by approximately 30% to over 90,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day.
In addition, current infrastructure includes 1,385 acres of owned surface rights, 21 saltwater disposal wells, 15 source water wells, five frac ponds and three caliche pits for road material and new locations.
In 2005, the brothers sold their surface rights to the Murrays, but retained the mineral rights, court documents said.
Filminera is the holder of the Environmental Compliance Certificate, the mining tenements, surface rights and the Mineral Production Sharing Agreement (MPSA), while PGPRC, a B2Gold company, is the holder of a mineral-processing permit and owns and operates the processing plant.
The Kuukpik Corporation is an Alaskan Native Corporation that represents the Village of Nuiqsut and administers, on behalf of its shareholders, the surface rights in the Colville River Delta area of the North Slope of Alaska, including the Alpine oil field.
McFate, who owned surface rights to Mining Star claims in Courtland, was among the first to sell lots.
He said Apex spent P94 million for the company's social development programs for the host communities and for royalty and surface rights paid to the indigenous people of the mine; and paid P137.5 million for national and local taxes.