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I suppose that everybody likes to have nice things said about them.  I am no exception. If you research my name on www.mineralrightsforum.comyou will find amazingly flattering results, such as:


Reply by Brett Radcliffeon August 27, 2011 at 4:40pm

"I needed to take a moment to express my gratitude to you for referring me to the landman, Buddy Cotten.  What he was able to negotiate for my family still boggles the mind. I am not overstating it when I say that he is a true genius with regards to mineral rights negotiation.  I can't thank you enough for the time you took to recommend him to us. My family has been truly blessed to have him in our lives, and I have you to thank."

Reply by KDon April 5, 2011 at 3:08pm

"Thanks again, Mr. Cotten.  You have NO IDEA how helpful your statements were in helping my family understand the situation our father is in.  ;) and a big hug from me to you!"

Reply by l. lesmeisteron April 4, 2011 at 3:25pm

"thanks, buddy!

that answers my question, appreciate it!


Reply by harland johnsonon April 3, 2011 at 1:35pm

"I think this is excellent thinking and advice.  The split-payment would require an iron-clad contract though."

Reply by jason Smithon April 1, 2011 at 9:15pm

"Buddy I really appreciate your posts the are very insightful

Thank you

Jason Smith"

Reply by JMHon March 25, 2011 at 3:30pm


Thanks for the insight."

Reply by Doug Carneyon March 13, 2011 at 11:14am

"Mr. Cotten, That is exactly what I'm looking for."

Reply by charles s malloryon February 15, 2011 at 7:58pm

"Mr. Cotten:

Thanks for your input regarding this matter."

Reply by Kenny Loveon February 11, 2011 at 7:47am

"Thanks, Mr. Cotton...much appreciation."

Reply by Stephanie Wilbanks, CPLon February 11, 2011 at 12:24am

"Buddy, you are so funny.  I will check Fort Bend and Montgomery and then search will have been exhausted.  Let me know if you ever need anything over this way. Steph"

Reply by Terry Petersenon February 3, 2011 at 2:41pm

"Mr. Cotton,

Thanks again!



Just wanted to say thanks for all comments on the different web sites. I am very new at this and your responses to different people must be very time consuming. But I'm here to tell you and I think I speak for a number of people that you are very much appreciated. Thank you again

Yes, well written article. I agree with everything stated."

Added by Don Millerat 9:05pm on August 8, 2010

"Dear Mr. Cotten, Your input is greatly appreciated. I will send a letter to the Railroad Commission. Thank you."

Added by Washington Irving at 5:53pm on November 21, 2010

"Thank you Mr. Cotten for the excellent information."

Added by Stephanie Wilbanks, CPL at 12:03pm on February 21, 2011

"Thank you, Mr. Cotten. Thank you, Mr. Cotten. Thank you, Mr. Buddy Cotten. Oh, so how many were there? Had to ask."

Added by Marc L. Kaunitzat 8:51am on February 23, 2011

"Mr. Cotten       Thanks for your input. It verified the way I was thinking. Marc"

Added by Jana Fay Bacarisseat 7:50pm on September 28, 2010

"Mr. Cotten, I am interested in your blog post on the Open Mine Doctrine. May I e-mail you at your office? My e-mail address is Thank you, Jana Fay Bacarisse"

Added by Wes Luke at 3:01pm on April 3, 2011

"Mr. Cotten, you are absolutely right. I'm excited I found the Mineral Rights Forum. I have learned a great deal in the short time I've been here. Wes"

Added by Dianne at 6:29pm on January 1, 2011

"Good advice and one that I'll request.   Dianne …"

"YOU ARE THE MAN!"  Walter Riedel,Stark Foundation

"Best Lease Buyer I have ever seen."  Michael Englert, D&E Energy


Reply by Mike Igauon May 22, 2011 at 11:31am

"Buddy, to be polite, lack of knowledge is a terrible thing. I can attest to Buddy Cotton's sincerity and tireless effort to help educate mineral owners as to the very complex nature of mineral leasing with today's fast changing technologies and rules. I know Buddy personally and we have served together as Board Members of a Royalty Owner's Association whose purpose is to educate mineral and royalty owners and to monitor legislation activities at both the State and Federal levels for bills that may harm the Industry and mineral owners in particular. I manage the minerals for our extended Famly's interests and have learned a great deal of detail information on mineral leasing from Buddy. Thanks Buddy for sharing your decades of experience with us in the Association as well as this excellent Forum."

Reply by Glen Gierkeon November 15, 2011 at 6:37pm

"Katy, it is also a good to have someone look at your lease offers to make sure your best interests are represented. I used Buddy Cotten and feel he is extremely good at what he does and the small cost will save you big bucks in the end. Lease offers will lean towards the oil companies and you need to make sure it gets done in a way that you don't end up with hidden costs that would take away from what you deserve."

Reply by Phil Sartinon October 11, 2011 at 10:08pm


You are right-on and that's that.

And a general comment to the forum:  Most landmen operate under a code of ethics which demand the landman to be fair and honest in his/her dealings with not just his/her client, but with the people with whom he/she deals.  I find that landmen want to be helpful and assist the public with complicated oil and gas questions and this forum is a great place for oil and gas professionals and mineral owners to discuss issues.  I just wish I had more time to spend on this site, but, my experience and focus my entire 31 year career has been on Texas titles and RRC rules. Many of the questions are from other states and the "rules of the game" in other states can vary widely from Texas rules.  

You are very generous with your time and your knowledge on this forum.

To Brent:  If Buddy Cotten explains something, you can take it to the bank.

Best Regards,

Phil Sartin, CPL"

Reply by Walter Stewarton October 16, 2011 at 1:28pm

"I bought copies of Buddy Cotton's lease addendum's and am way, way more than pleased and Impressed! If a mineral owner learns one little thing or get's only one lease addendum or wording it is worth far more than the cost."

Reply by Wes Lukeon October 16, 2011 at 2:18pm

"Buddy Cotten has more integrity than anyone I've ever met, other than my Dad. He is honest to a fault and bends over backwards to help people, sometimes without even charging them. He is extremely generous and if you met him without knowing who he was you would, I'm sure, like him."

At 2:44pm on September 6, 2011, D. Bartley said…

"Mr. Cotten, You are a wealth of knowledge when it come to oil/gas/ mineral rights as evident in the mineral rights forums. Continue with the great work, you are blessed."

At 6:45pm on April 27, 2011, Tom Thompson said…

"I am a new member to the Mineral Rights Forum and have viewed, most favorably, your response to various discussions in extremely sensative and critical matters affecting both landowners and exploration companies alike. I have been employed in in the field of petroleum and mineral land management for about 26 years, and I believe that your contributions, through a vast and varied knowledge of our industry, is a value added benefit to the many participants in this network who are forming opinions and seeking solutions in an ever-changing and  ever-more-informed society, involving landowner/company negotiations and operations. This is doing the "good work" that needs to be done. You are justly commended for Excellence. Sorry, there's no gift"

At 11:21pm on April 27, 2011, 6th Generation Texan said…

"I am enlightened by your comments and advice. Thank you for the service that you provide us mineral owners!

6th Generation Texan"

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