If you have been approached to invest in an oil and gas venture in California, it is well worth it to completely check it out before signing anything or handing over any money. A legitimate business opportunity offered by an upstanding company should be easy to check out, and the company should have no issues with your inquires. Red flags start to pop up when you get push back or hesitation during your efforts to verify the investment opportunity.
Many people who own real estate in California do not consider whether someone else may have a right to use their property. However, if they are not buying the mineral rights as well as the surface rights, there could be repercussions.