OIl and gas leasing law is a very specialized area of practice and the laws vary from state to state. Moreover, any lawyer who would advise you would require very specific information, including documents if they are available. I see you are in NY. It's going to be a lot easier to find a lawyer knowledgeable in the field in LA.
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It is possible to sell real estate without selling the mineral rights.
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Hire an oil & gas lawyer in Louisiana, preferably in the town where the property is located. It is definitely possible to sell the surface rights to a parcel of land and still have a remaining interest in the mineral rights of the sub-surface property.
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