KANSAS OIL & GAS CODE
Chapter 55 - Oil And Gas
Article 2 Leases And Liens
§ 55-220 Same; contents of petition; hearing; notice; dismissal as to certain defendants; appointment of receiver
(a) The plaintiff shall file a verified petition setting forth the following: (1) The interest of the plaintiff in the tract or tracts of land described in said petition; (2) the apparent interest of the defendant or defendants as appears from the record of the county clerk and from such other sources, identifying same, as plaintiff has investigated; (3) the last known address, business, residence, or otherwise which plaintiff may have been able to ascertain for each of said defendants and the sources of information which plaintiff has checked in an attempt to locate the present address or whereabouts of said defendant or defendants, and further stating that plaintiff has exercised due diligence and cannot by any means within plaintiff's control ascertain the present address or whereabouts of said defendant or defendants; (4) that there are persons or corporations who are willing to purchase an oil and gas lease upon the interest of the defendant or defendants and that the existence of these unleased mineral interests is detrimental to and impairs the enjoyment of the interest of the plaintiff; (5) that the plaintiff has acquired or has good reason to believe that he or she can acquire operating rights covering all mineral interests other than the interest of said defendants in said tract or tracts.
(b) Upon the filing of such petition the court shall set same for hearing upon a date certain, which date must be at least thirty (30) days from the date of the mailing of notice. Notice of the hearing, the nature of the hearing and relief requested shall be given by publication one (1) time in a newspaper of general circulation in the county in which the property is located and also in a newspaper of general circulation in the county of the last known address of the defendant or defendants if the same is within the state of Kansas and by mailing by certified mail, return receipt requested to the last known address, if any, of the defendant or defendants as set forth in said petition. A copy of such notice shall also be mailed by certified mail to the address of any person making payment of taxes upon such interest if the same is other than the owner thereof as indicated by the records in the office of the county treasurer. The publication and mailing of notice shall all be done at least seven (7) days prior to the date of hearing.
(c) On the date set for said hearing the court shall dismiss the action as to all defendants who answer and request such dismissal, and as to all other defendants the court shall require proof that the requirements of K.S.A. 55-220(b) have been satisfied, shall take evidence and hear testimony as to the matters set forth in plaintiff's petition, and at said hearing shall determine the bonus value for oil and gas leases on lands in said vicinity and the prevailing rental and royalty rate; and if it appears to the court that the requirements of K.S.A. 55-220(b) have been satisfied, that the matters set forth in plaintiff's petition are true, that it is probable that a purchaser can be secured for an oil and gas lease on the unleased mineral interests of the defendant or defendants, that the existence of such unleased interests is detrimental to and impairs the interest of the plaintiff, the court shall appoint a receiver for the purpose of selling an oil and gas lease upon the interest of said defendant or defendants, and said order appointing the receiver and authorizing the sale of such lease shall set forth the minimum bonus which may be accepted and the minimum royalty and rental rate. The court, in its discretion, may require the receiver to give bond.
History: L. 1973, ch. 218, § 2; July 1.