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Frequently Asked Questions

General Terms

What are royalties?

Royalties represent the interests retained by lessors under an oil, natural gas and mineral lease. Funds are payable on these interests based upon the value of a percentage of the minerals produced from the lease.

What is a clearing title?

Clearing title is the process of verifying that you own the interest. Title is the legal right or evidence of the legal right to property.

How is my royalty interest calculated?

Royalty is calculated based on the following:

  • Take the number of net mineral acres that you own within a well's drilling or spacing unit (example: If you own an undivided 1/2 mineral interest in 80 acres, you own 40 net mineral acres.);
  • Divide that number by the total acres in that well's drilling or spacing unit; and
  • Multiply this number by the royalty interest negotiated in your Oil, Natural Gas and Mineral Lease.

For example, if you own 40 net mineral acres, the spacing unit is 640 acres and the royalty interest is 1/8, then your royalty interest in the well is (40/640) x 1/8 =0.0078125.

What is a division order?

A division order is a document confirming ownership information in a particular property/unit and authorizing distribution of funds according to that information. The division order does NOT represent a sale of your property or any changes to your lease.

When you sign and return the Division Order, you confirm that you agree with the information disclosed in the document. If you have any questions regarding the content of your Division Order, please contact Anadarko's Land Administration Department ("Land Administration").

Where can I get a valuation of my mineral rights?

Anadarko does not provide appraisals for interests. Please contact a certified petroleum engineer, a royalty management company or broker to obtain the valuation. You may also contact one of these people if you wish to sell your mineral interest.

Owner Information and Changes

What is an Owner Number (Account No.)?

You have been assigned a unique six-digit owner number for your account. Please include your owner number in all communications with Anadarko, including in all voicemail messages and in the subject line of any email correspondence. Revenue/Royalty owner numbers may be preceded by an RV and end in an 04, such as RV12345604, and are located in the upper right corner of your check detail. JIB owner numbers may be preceded with a JV and end in a 01, such as JV12345601, and are located in the upper right corner of your Monthly JIB Invoice.

How do I change my address (COA)?

Download the Change of Address (COA) form located in the forms section. Fill it out completely and have all persons listed on the account sign and date. Fax to 832-636-5048 or mail to our Houston address listed on the COA form, Attn: ESM/Business Associates. For additional questions, please call 800-359-1692, option 3.

What documentation is required for a name change?

Provide Land Administration with the appropriate documents as listed below by emailing owner.relations@anadarko.com or calling 800-359-1692, option 3 and option 5, Fax 877-272-4685.

Individual:

  • Copy of marriage certificate
  • Divorce decree reinstating maiden name
  • Other documents affecting a name change

Company:

  • Certificate of Name Change with verification of Tax ID to be used
  • Certificate of Merger with verification of Tax ID to be used

How do I add someone to my account?

Provide Land Administration with a copy of the conveyance document establishing joint tenancy/ownership that has been recorded in the county and state where the minerals reside by emailing owner.relations@anadarko.com or call 800-359-1692, option 3 and option 5, Fax 877-272-4685.

Payment Information

Does Anadarko offer direct deposit (Electronic Funds Transfer) for royalty checks?

Yes, you may download the EFT form  located in the forms section.

  • Fill it out completely and have all persons listed on the account sign and date the form. 
  • Include a voided check copy for the account you wish to have funds deposited in. 
  • Fax completed form to 832-636-5048 or mail it to our Woodlands address
    Attn: ESM (BA Group-Timberloch) 

Note: You will continue to receive your check detail by mail (unless you have elected to go paperless through www.oildex.com.

How do I change my direct deposit information?

Download the attached EFT form  located in the forms section. Make necessary changes, sign and date the form. Include a voided check copy for the account you wish to have it deposited in. Fax completed form to 832-636-5048 or mail it to our Woodlands address [Attn: ESM (BA Group-Timberloch)].

When are royalty checks issued?

Checks are issued and mailed on or about the 25th and/or the last day of each month. If either of these days falls on the weekend or holiday, Anadarko will strive to issue checks on the preceding business day. Direct deposits are generally made within 2 business days after the royalty checks are issued. Oil revenue is normally paid within 30-60 days following the sales month. Natural gas revenue is normally paid within 60-90 days following the sales month.

What is minimum pay amount?

An owner must accumulate a minimum balance in their account of $100 in order for a check to be issued. The minimum may be changed to $25 when a Change Release  form is completed and submitted. This form is located in the forms section. Note that we have a Minimum Release each year in September to all accounts with a balance of at least $10 (or $0.01 for Wyoming).

Why does my monthly payment amount vary?

Many factors may cause your payment to vary, including but not limited to, market conditions, suspended payments, adjustments (including any overpayments or underpayments), fluctuating commodity prices, regulatory or contractual changes, production volumes, seasonal conditions and routine maintenance or operating issues which may affect the volumes produced from a well during a given time period.

Why does my payment differ from others in my family?

This can occur because ownership between family members is not equal, because one party has not provided Anadarko with a Tax ID (TIN) or other required information, or because some family members may own interest in other properties in addition to those commonly owned. Other factors possibly causing variances between family member check amounts may be related to stale dated checks, returned checks and/or address changes.

What should I do if I do not receive my revenue check?

Due to potential postal delays, a revenue check may arrive a few days late on occasion. If you have not received a check by the 10th business day following the date of the check, please contact the Owner Relations hotline, option 2. You may also sign up for Direct Deposit (EFT) to eliminate these kinds of delays.

Can a check 180 days or older be cashed?

Anadarko does not place an expiration date on revenue checks; however, please contact the Owner Relations hotline, option 2, prior to cashing a stale dated check to verify the check has not been voided. The check states you have 180 days; however, the stale dated check void process may not have been run yet so the check may still be valid.

Why is the decimal interest on my division order and check detail different?

This occurs due to special marketing arrangements, unit calculations or other contractual agreements. The value is still proportionally correct. For questions about your decimal percentage, contact owner.relations@anadarko.com or call 800-359-1692.

What should I do if I have questions regarding my check detail?

Please call the Owner Relations hotline at 800-359-1692, option 2, or email us at owner.relations@anadarko.com.

When are royalty payments suspended?

Royalty payments may be suspended (or held in suspense) until certain conditions are satisfied. Generally, royalty payments may be suspended for several reasons including, but not limited to, the following: a missing Tax ID, insufficient address, assignment of interest, notice of death, lack of documentation/title confirming ownership, or disputes involving proper apportionment or ownership of interests in the minerals produced. Also, please note that revenue checks are issued only when the revenue amount due exceeds $100. Please see What is minimum pay amount? for more information on minimum release payments.


Amounts due are accumulated and are released when the matter in question has been resolved and all related documents have been received and processed. All payments are retroactive to the date of suspension. 

Transfer Information

How do I make a change to my ownership?

The types of documents that can change ownership on a real property account include (but are not limited to): a deed, title, a court order or a death certificate. In some cases, there may be a need to file more than one type of document to complete the process. The documents must be recorded in the county where the minerals are located.

If you have any questions about the preparation or filing of a document, you may want to consult with an attorney, real estate professional or title company.

What should I do when a royalty owner dies?

The requirements of ownership transfer due to death vary by state and are dependent on whether or not the deceased  had a Last Will and Testament. You may want to contact an attorney to advise you how to proceed.

What information is needed when there is a change in Trustee?

Provide Land Administration with a copy of the applicable portion of the Trust document that identifies the successor Trustee, the duties and the powers of the Trustee, and the circumstances leading to the replacement of the Trustee. Complete and submit a Change of Address form if needed.

What happens when the owner having a life estate dies?

Interest is transferred to the remaindermen. The death certificate and a copy of the deed noting the life estate should be submitted to Land Administration. The remaindermen addresses and tax identification number(s) are required as well.

I sent my transfer documentation in. How long will it take to hear back?

The amount of time that it takes to complete a transfer depends on the complexity of the issue. For information on your transfer, contact owner.relations@anadarko.com or call 800-359-1692.

Unclaimed Property

Where can I research unclaimed property?

Each state makes an effort to locate rightful owners of production revenues, holding the funds until the owner is found. To locate and collect unclaimed funds, please visit the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrator's (NAUPA) website.

How is abandoned property reported?

Each state has abandoned property or escheat laws that require the reporting of funds held for its residents. Once abandoned property has reached the state's required dormancy period, it is paid to the state of the owner's last known address.

Joint Interest Billing (JIB)

When are revenue netted (JIB) checks issued?

If your net revenues exceed your net expenses, a check will be issued to you with your payment being made around the 15th of each month.

How do I access my monthly JIB invoice free of charge online?

Please go to www.energylink.com. If you do not have a username and password, please contact ENERGYLink at 888-573-3364 or email support@energylink.com.

What should I do if I do not receive my netted revenue check?

Email Joint Interest Accounting for further details or call 800-359-1692 option #4.

What should I do to request a refund for a credit balance on my JV account?

Email Joint Interest Billing or call 800-359-1692, option #4. In your request, please list your JV owner number, name of company and the month of the JIB that reflects your credit along with the amount of the credit.

How do I request a netting change?

Please send a request for the netting change to crm.jib@anadarko.com. For verification purposes please also send the JV owner number and owner name in addition to a complete mailing address.

What should I do if my JIB invoice is incorrect?

Email Joint Interest Billing or call 800-359-1692 option #4. If you send your request via email please list your JV customer number, name, venture number, name of property and the location of the property along with the working interest it should be for further verification. Please note an issue number will be assigned for this request for tracking purposes.

What is an Owner Number (Account No.)?

You have been assigned a unique six-digit owner number for your account. Please include your owner number in all communications with Anadarko, including in all voicemail messages and in the subject line of any email correspondence. Revenue/Royalty owner numbers may be preceded by an RV and end in an 04, such as RV12345604, and are located in the upper right corner of your check detail. JIB owner numbers may be preceded with a JV and end in a 01, such as JV12345601, and are located in the upper right corner of your Monthly JIB Invoice.

How do I change my address (COA)?

Download the Change of Address (COA) form located in the forms section. Fill it out completely and have all persons listed on the account sign and date. Fax to 832-636-5048 or mail to our Houston address listed on the COA form, Attn: ESM/Business Associates. For additional questions, please call 800-359-1692, option 3.

What documentation is required for a name change?

Provide Land Administration with the appropriate documents as listed below by emailing owner.relations@anadarko.com or calling 800-359-1692, Option #3 and Option #5 or faxing the following documents to 877-272-4685.

Individual:

  • Copy of marriage certificate 
  • Divorce decree reinstating maiden name 
  • Other documents affecting a name change 

Company:

  • Certificate of Name Change with verification of Tax ID to be used 
  • Certificate of Merger with verification of Tax ID to be used

How do I add someone to my account?

Provide Land Administration with a copy of the conveyance document establishing joint tenancy/ownership that has been recorded in the county and state where the minerals reside by emailing owner.relations@anadarko.com or calling 800-359-1692, Option #3 and Option #5 or faxing 877-272-4685.

How do I remit payment for my monthly JIB invoice?

Payments made on invoices billed by Anadarko E&P Onshore LLC should be remitted through one of the following options:

Remit CHECK payments to:
Anadarko E&P Onshore LLC
PO BOX 730002
Dallas, TX 75373-0002

Remit WIRE/ACH payments to:
JP Morgan Chase Bank
ABA 021000021 (WIRE ONLY)
ABA 071000013 (ACH ONLY)
Account # 777168576

Payments made on invoices billed by Anadarko U.S. Offshore Corporation should be remitted through one of the following options:

Remit CHECK payments to:
Anadarko U.S. Offshore Corporation
PO BOX 730245
Dallas, TX 75373-0245

Remit WIRE/ACH payments to:
JP Morgan Chase Bank
ABA 021000021 (WIRE ONLY)
ABA 071000013 (ACH ONLY) 
Account # 5920574

What information should I include when remitting my monthly JIB invoice payment?

Please include your unique JV Owner number along with the month and year of the invoice payment being made (i.e. 062014JV12345601). If you are submitting a payment that is over or under the invoiced amount, you would also want to include an explanation for the difference (i.e., you don’t agree with charges billed under a specific venture/AFE).

Tax and Levy Information

When are 1099 Misc. Tax Forms mailed out?

Your 1099 Miscellaneous Tax forms will be mailed no later than Jan. 31. If the 31st falls on Saturday or Sunday, the IRS allows for mailing the following Monday.

Why am I being charged expenses/deductions even though I am not a working interest (WI) owner?

Some costs associated with selling a product are shared by all owners including royalty owners. WI owners share in those same costs plus the cost of exploration, drilling, completing, equipping and operating a well. 


If you still believe that your lease indicates you should not have deductions, please contact Land Administration Dept. at owner.relations@anadarko.com or 800-359-1692.

Why is my 1099 more than what I received?

The 1099 shows the gross amount before taxes and other deductions as required by the IRS. In order to help you reconcile this gross amount to the total of your actual payments received, we include a reconciliation on the back of your 1099 showing the gross amount, taxes and deducts and the net amount. The net amount should tie to your total payments received for the year. If you have questions as to how this information should be presented on your tax return, please contact a tax professional.

Why is my NET more than my GROSS amount?

Net can sometimes be more than the gross due to reimbursement of Severance Tax or other adjustments. In this case, you will notice a negative tax amount on the reconciliation on the back of your 1099.

What is an IRS levy/garnishment?

A levy is a notice issued by a taxing authority (usually the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), California Franchise Board, Child Support agency, Veterans Land Board, etc.) which states that a taxpayer owes overdue taxes or payments and that proceeds or wages Anadarko normally pays to the taxpayer should be directed to the taxing authority or agency until the levy is released by the agency.

What can I do to get my levy/garnishment released?

Anadarko cannot release the levy/garnishment against your account without written notification from the agency garnishing your account. 

You will need to contact the agency directly. Once you obtain a Release of Levy from the taxing authority you may e-mail it directly to CRM-Revnue@anadarko.com or mail it to:

Anadarko Petroleum Corporation
Attn: Revenue Owner Relations – Levy & Garnishments 
PO Box 1330 
Houston, TX 77251-9874

Online Access – Oildex

Online access to Oildex: first-time user?

To access your check/EFT statements online via the internet, go to www.oildex.com, click on Anadarko then click on View Documents and Reports: (click here to login). Log in here and it will prompt you to put in your Login and password. 
NOTE: 
If you are a first time user be sure to click on First-time users: click here.

It will then prompt you to put in your Login and Your Temp Password. If no Check/EFT has been issued to you from Anadarko, Kerr McGee, Lance or Howell, no information will be posted on the Oildex website.

Your TEMP Password is normally the last 6 digits of your Tax ID/Social Security number on your account (Example: SSN 123-45-6789 would be 456789). It will then prompt you to choose a permanent password you can remember. New Password must be at least seven digits long. Be sure to write your new password down and keep it in a safe place. 

Note About Oildex: Anadarko subscribes to Oildex, and Oildex strives to use the last six digits of the SSN/TIN as your temp password; however, we have found that if Oildex does not have the SSN/TIN at the time of setup, they use a unique password. If you feel this is the case, please email us with your owner number along with your SSN /TIN at owner.relations@anadarko.com, and we will e-mail you the password.

Your LOGIN is your Owner Number, which is your six-digit Anadarko owner number (Example: RV12345604 or JV12345601). Anadarko/KMG owner numbers (not the payee number) are located at the top right of your check detail.

To access Oildex you only need to put in the six digit owner number 123456, leave off the RV or JV and the 04 or 01 at the end if you are looking at a tax document.

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