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Marsha Breazeale, M.Ed., CDOA, CPLTA


All questions regarding division orders; ownership decimal calculations; title ownership and payer record changes (testate/intestate inheritance; deed; assignment; court order); oil and gas lease analysis for record-keeping and purposes of payment by operator or payer; pooling, horizontal wells, horizontal well allocation units; unclaimed property reporting; royalty owner relations questions. All questions concerning administration of surface land contracts and payment questions, such as for Surface Right-of-Way, Sub-Surface Right-of-Way, Easement, Surface Use Agreement. All questions regarding industry-standard and company-specific policies that affect land owners.

Experience in the area

Sr. Staff Division Order Analyst. Certified Division Order Analyst (CDOA, National Association of Division Order Analysts) and Certified Lease Analyst (CPLTA, National Association of Professional Lease and Title Analysts) with 35 years of experience as a combination division order analyst and lease analyst in exploration and production in the oil and gas industry.


National Assoc. of Division Order Analysts (NADOA), National Association of Division Order Analysts (NALTA), American Association of Professional Landmen (AAPL), American Society of Trainers and Developers (ASTD)


"How an Oil & Gas Exploration & Production Company Operates" and "Principles of Oil & Gas Lease Analysis: Standard Clauses", Oil Patch Press; Articles in NADOA Magazine; LandFocus EDU Professional Training Manuals

Education/Credentials Management from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio; M.Ed. in Instructional Design from WGU Texas.

Past/Present Clients

Past 15 years: GeoSouthern Energy Corporation; Contango Oil Co./Crimson Exploration & Operating Inc.; Apache Corporation; BP America; Marathon Oil; Newfield Exploration

What do you like about this subject?

Division Order work bridges the functions of oil and gas accounting and the in-house legal department. A division order analyst analyzes and translates title documents into numbers that accounting personnel can then use to distribute production revenue to entitled owners. It is a fascinating and highly rewarding career.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

Still to achieve: Create educational material through Oil Patch Press on the internet for owners interested in protecting their ownership by expanding their knowledge. Still to learn: New technologies are generating new types of contracts and title complexities,creating new learning opportunities every day.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

Mineral & royalty owners have more power over their leased rights than they know. If an owner understands what they own, how they own it, and how much they own, they have already learned half of what they need to know. Learning what legal tips and tricks they can use to be paid everything owed to them or to negotiate the best deal will help fully protect their mineral rights and royalty rights.

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

Every owner should know how to calculate the decimal contained in their division order. Unfortunately, most owners do not know how to go about getting that information from the operator or payer.

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Recent Answers from Marsha Breazeale, M.Ed., CDOA, CPLTA

2017-02-15 Mineral Rights:

Your problem is a common one with heirs to mineral rights when the mineral rights are located in a state other than the state where the Will was probated.    All oil companies have a company policy that

2016-12-29 BPO & APO:

Let's look just at the Brown lease.  Brown signed the lease AFTER selling 25% of his mineral rights to Black.  The Brown lease covers 100% leasehold as to Brown's 75% mineral rights.  It reserves a 25%

2016-12-08 Verifying mineral interest ownership:

This is a common problem for many landowners today. It will be expensive (several hundreds if not thousands of dollars) to hire an independent landman to "run title" to all of the 12 tracts. A good alternative

2016-12-01 BPO & APO:

First, let me say that you aren't clear on the terms of the farmout. Based on what you say here, the ORI reserved by CHK is not convertible, meaning they keep it APO even if they elect to back-in.  If

2016-11-20 lease royalties:

You can research the Oklahoma Corporation Commission website to find out what wells are producing from your mother-in-law's acreage in Section 3.  Go to Go to the "Industry" yellow


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