New gas and oil well projects are large financial undertakings that are typically both time- and labor-intensive. Because so many resources will be devoted to this type of project, extensive research must be conducted to make sure that the land is worth developing, and that it is legal to do so. With so much at stake, it is critical that gas and oil well surveying in Texas is only handled by experienced and well-seasoned professionals.
Securing the easement
Before any land can be developed or even considered for a potential oil or well project, the easement for the property must be secured. An easement is the legal right granted to the owner to use land for a specific purpose. To find out if any easements already exist for a projected location, it is best to work with a qualified oil and well surveyor, who will bring with them experience and understanding of all of the local and state guidelines. If you don’t have the correct documentation and permits before beginning your project, you could risk starting construction on a well that is not up to code and in violation of these statutes.
Knowledge of these local and state regulations is so important because there are many rules in place that restrict the precise locations and areas in which new wells can be placed. If you aren’t sure of these regulations before construction, a lot of time and money could be wasted in preparing to build a well that will not come to fruition.
Planning for the future
In addition to in-depth knowledge of the legalities, it is also necessary to know whether the land will be able to sustain the construction of the well. Studies will have to be conducted to determine the stability of the area, and its susceptibility to erosion in the future. Due to its ability to significantly alter the soil and land in an area over time, erosion can be particularly detrimental to any construction project you have planned, making it imperative to know the risks before you begin. A surveyor will complete comprehensive and extensive testing of the area to conclude how that area might develop over time to help you determine if you should start construction in the current location or find a more suitable piece of land.
When it comes to an investment as substantial as a future oil and well location, there is very little room for inaccuracies, and only the highest level of professional help will suffice. If you are looking for an experienced team to conduct gas and oil well surveying in Texas, give us a call at D.G. Smyth & Company, where our licensed surveyors have picked up valuable information about the nuances of the natural resources industry and the unique drilling needs of oil companies over the past 42 years. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment and learn more about all that our surveyors can do for your next project. We look forward to working with you soon!