Later, 9:39 p.m. Central time: the third answer provides the tax differential when a well goes to stripper status:
Later, 5:44 p.m. Central Time: the second answer I got:When a well is declared a “stripper” by the ND Oil and Gas Division the statetax is lowered from 10% to 5%. At a given volume and price, the net royalty is5% higher on a stripper well.
a) stripper wells have no impact on the royalty payments of mineral owners
b) monthly minimums may have to be met to "cut" a checkLater, 5:43 p.m. Central Time: the first answer I got, from Phil McPherson, a CFO in Newport Beach, CA:
Though each lease varies, I have never seen a clause in the 100's of leases that I reviewed as having something for stripper wells that is different than an "economic" well.
I've long forgotten -- if I ever knew -- does anyone know how royalties are affected when a well goes to "stripper" status?
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