You should not allow seismic testing if you are not under lease to the company the seismic company is contracted to.
If you have signed an oil & gas lease and there is language in the lease providing them access to your land to shoot seismic, while that is common boiler plate language in a lease, then you have to allow them access. My suggestion is that you negotiate the terms ahead of time and include in the lease the amount they will pay you for access and for damages as well. Some folks even insert language that they are to receive tapes of the seismic data even though the oil companies are very reluctant to provide this.
I regularly get letters from seismic companies asking for permission to shoot seismic across minerals I own without any surface ownership and they typically offer some nominal fee per acre. I typically just ignore these offers, or counter with a figure that is worth my time. Most states provide that the seismic companies just have permission from a mineral owner in a given tract to shoot across a tract.
In summary, just do your homework ahead of time and protect your valuable assets. You never know, seismic may encourage drilling, but it may also discourage it.
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