Who owns my land's oil and gas rights? You might need to understand property Law to make this determination. With the recent shale drilling boom has come the incessant need for mineral rights determination. Although many oil and gas production companies do a descent job in determining who owns the oil and gas rights associated with certain land , I have found that over 60% of the time the oil company's determination is flat out wrong. Old oil and gas leases may be terminated for lack of activity Lack of productive activity is a determination that I can make after reviewing the progeny of deeds.