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Gerrity Bakken, LLC v. Oasis Petroleum North America, LLC

Supreme Court of North Dakota

July 18, 2018

Gerrity Bakken, LLC, Plaintiff and Appellee
v.
Oasis Petroleum North America, LLC, Zavanna, LLC, Zenergy, Inc., Zeneco, Inc., RoDa Drilling, LP, Split Creek Enterprises, LLC, Wild Basin Oil and Gas, LLC, Cody Oil & Gas Corporation, Mirada Energy, LLC, Mirada Wild Basin Holding Company, LLC, Admiral A. Holding L.P., TE Admiral A. Holding, L.P., Zeneco IV, LLC, Wild Basin Fund, LLC, Orrion Energy, LLC, Mescalero Minerals, LLC, Robert McNamara, Tracey S. McNamara, Michele R. Knotts, Roanie Ponie, LLC, Crown Coast Investments, LLC, Richard E. Siler, Deborah J. Siler, BWAMM II, LLC, MMCDT, LLC, Julie A. Finegan, Pamela Cortese, Glenn E. Land, Keith M. Crouch, Jeanne E. Crouch, Devereux Foundation, Pacific Oaks College and Children's School, Family Counseling Service of West San Gabriel Valley, Patricia A. Murray and John S. Murray, Trustees Murray Oil Trust Two, Bridgepoint Mineral Acquisition Fund 2, LLC, Hat Creek Royalty, LTD, and All Other Persons Unknown Claiming Any Estate Or Interest In, Or Lien Or Encumbrance Upon, The Property Described In The Complaint, Defendants and Herma C. Altshule and Joel Altshule, Trustees of the Altshule 1988 Trust Dated March 3, 1988, Wood River Investment Co., LLC, Richard D. and Carole J. Sukman, Trustees of the Sukman Family Trust Dated 5/1/1991, Murray Oil Trust Two, Nancy A. Murray trustee, Defendants and Appellants and Zenergy, Inc., Zavanna, LLC, Zeneco, Inc., Michele R. Knotts, Roanie Ponie, LLC, Crown Coast Investments, LLC, Richard E. Siler, Deborah J. Siler, RoDa Drilling, LP, Zeneco IV, LLC, Mescalero Minerals, LLC, Robert McNamara, Tracey S. McNamara, Mirada Wild Basin Holding Company, LLC, Orrion Energy, LLC, Wild Basin Fund, LLC, Mirada Energy Fund I, LLC, Wild Basin Oil and Gas, LLC, Admiral A. Holding L.P., TE Admiral A. Holding, L.P., and Split Creek Enterprises, LLC, Defendants and Appellees

          Appeal from the District Court of McKenzie County, Northwest Judicial District, the Honorable Daniel Saleh El-Dweek, Judge.

          Andrew K. Glenn (argued) and Karen L. Spaulding (on brief), Denver, Colorado, David P. Bolda (on brief), Highland, Utah, and Kerrie L. Farrell (appeared), Bismarck, North Dakota, for plaintiff and appellee Gerrity Bakken, LLC.

          Ariston E. Johnson (argued), Watford City, North Dakota, for defendants and appellants Herma C. Altshule and Joel Altshule, Trustees of the Altshule 1988 Trust Dated March 3, 1988, Wood River Investment Co., LLC, Richard D. and Carole J. Sukman, Trustees of the Sukman Family Trust Dated 5/1/1991, and Murray Oil Trust Two, Nancy A. Murray trustee.

          Lawrence Bender (on brief), Bismarck, North Dakota, for defendants and appellees Zenergy, Inc., Zavanna, LLC, Zeneco, Inc., Michele R. Knotts, Roanie Ponie, LLC, Crown Coast Investments, LLC, Richard E. Siler, Deborah J. Siler, RoDa Drilling, LP, Zeneco IV, LLC, Mescalero Minerals, LLC, Robert McNamara, Tracey S. McNamara, Mirada Wild Basin Holding Company, LLC, Orrion Energy, LLC, Wild Basin Fund, LLC, Mirada Energy Fund I, LLC, Wild Basin Oil and Gas, LLC, Admiral A. Holding L.P., TE Admiral A. Holding, L.P., and Split Creek Enterprises, LLC.

          OPINION

          Tufte, Justice.

         [¶ 1] Herma Altshule and others ("Altshule defendants") appeal from a judgment in a quiet title action construing two mineral deeds in favor of Gerrity Bakken, LLC. Because the district court did not err in its construction of the deeds and in quieting title, we affirm the judgment.

         I

         [¶ 2] This case involves two mineral deeds issued by Alice Rozan to Gustave Goldstein and William Murray in 1964. At the time, Rozan owned the following interests in McKenzie Country land relevant to this case: "An undivided ½ interest in and to all of the oil, gas and other minerals in and under... [property description]"; "An undivided 10/200th interest in and to all of the oil, gas and other minerals in and under... [property description]"; and "An undivided 1/3 interest in and to all of the oil, gas and other minerals in and under... [property description]."

         [¶ 3] Rozan conveyed the following to Goldstein:

[A]n undivided one-eighth (1/8th) interest in and to all of the oil, gas... and other minerals in and under and that may be produced from the following described lands...
[other property not at issue here]
An undivided 10/200th interest in and to all of the oil, gas and other minerals in and under... [property description.]
An undivided ½ interest in and to all of the oil, gas and other minerals in and under... ...

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