When dealing with Hydrocarbon Minerals you won’t be treated like a client, you will be treated like FAMILY.  Hydrocarbon Minerals and its affiliates have been serving mineral owners since 2005 by helping them manage, monetize, and maximize their mineral interests.  Since inception Hydrocarbon has been successfully involved in hundreds of mineral transactions across the country.  We take great pride in being a fair, honest, and professional partner that specializes in mineral divestitures, mineral management, and oil and gas leasing.

Hydrocarbon Minerals is a trusted partner that can guide you through the complex selling process by being fair, transparent, and professional.  We will work tirelessly for an optimal outcome.


Our Services


Our experienced land professionals shall deal with you fairly, professionally, and transparently. They will help simplify the complex world mineral rights.


Our in-house team will generate a valuation for your mineral interest based on geology, location, lease terms, operator, commodity prices, and existing production, if any.

Title Verification

Our seasoned title professionals will verify your ownership and assist in curing even the most complex title and probate issues.

About Us

Hydrocarbon Minerals and its affiliates are experienced purchasers and managers of oil and gas mineral interests.  Since 2005 we’ve been helping mineral owners achieve their financial goals by successfully closing countless mineral and lease acquisitions in Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, New Mexico, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, and Ohio.   

Our Principals have decades of combined experience acquiring and managing oil and gas assets in some of the most resource rich basins in the country.  Our experience gives us the ability to deal with the most complex of issues.

We strive to create fair outcomes for both mineral owners and industry partners alike.  Our experience, network and integrity enable us to timely and professionally execute transactions.  No deal is too small nor too large for us.  Allow us to share our expertise with you. 

Our Team

Danny Tabally is a founding member and currently serves as the company’s Vice President of Acquisitions and Divestitures.  He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics from DePaul University and a Master of Science Degree in Global Energy Management from the University of Colorado Denver.  He’s been involved in the acquisition and leasing of thousands of acres of mineral rights across the country since 2003, and has a deep understanding of the industry.

Danny enjoys negotiating and closing complex mineral transactions.  He values the relationships that he makes with both landowners and industry partners alike, and strives to maintain and build those relationships.  He works closely with all of Hydrocarbon’s partners, employees, and contractors to oversee the company’s day-to-day operations, acquisitions, asset and portfolio management, strategic planning, and business development.  In his spare time Danny enjoys family time, reading books, and traveling the world.
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Fahim Aref is a founding member and currently serves as the company’s President.Fahim started his entrepreneurial career from a very young age, starting his first business while he was still in high school. Since then he has established numerous successful businesses in the consumer electronics and real estate industries. He started his career in the energy industry with Hydrocarbon Minerals, LLC, in 2006. Fahim has successfully been involved hundreds of mineral acquisitions across the country. He manages the Hydrocarbon team and keeps the company focused on its mission of helping landowners realize the value of their mineral rights. Fahim believes in building long-term, sustainable businesses by being ethical, forging long-term relationships, innovating, and practicing a strong work ethic. Fahim recently founded a nonprofit organization that has been a leading nongovernmental organization in providing clean water, food, and education in certain countries in Africa.In his free time, he enjoys spending quality time with his family, hunting, and playing miniature golf.

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Rami Afaneh is a founding member and currently serves as Vice President of Operations.He started his entrepreneurial career at a very young age with Fahim Aref, being childhood friends.Rami was instrumental in establishing a number of successful businesses throughout his career in the wireless reverse logistics, real estate, automotive, and information technology industries. He started his energy career in 2006, initially as an investor in Hydrocarbon Minerals, LLC, and eventually became a partner. He brings an intense analytical focus to the Hydrocarbon team. Rami oversees the acquisition process from beginning to end, and works closely with our network of petroleum land men and title attorneys to ensure that all due diligence is conducted properly and punctually. He also evaluates prospective acquisitions and helps manage the company’s portfolio.Rami enjoys family time, restoring classic cars, and he is an avid outdoorsman.

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Saraee Vandrunen Graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Computer Studies and a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from Robert Morris University.  She began her career in the energy industry in 2011 with Hydrocarbon Minerals. As Office Manager she handles external/internal communication, file and database maintenance, and other administrative duties. She works to create the highest level of efficiency possible within the organization. Saraee enjoysgreat adventure, reading books, spending time with family, and baking.

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Why Sell?

Owning mineral rights may not be the ideal situation for many mineral owners.  It may take many years before significant development occurs on your mineral acreage, drilling outcomes are uncertain, and oil and natural gas prices have been historically very volatile.   We take a long-term, portfolio-type approach to acquiring and owning mineral interests.  This allows us to make you a lump sum offer for your mineral rights.  The potential benefits of selling include:



What are oil and gas mineral, royalty and overriding royalty interests?

Oil and gas minerals, royalties and overriding royalties are similar in that they all receive revenues from the production of oil and gas from a well, and they do not pay for the drilling or monthly operating expenses of the well. Often you will see the term “royalties” used interchangeably to mean either mineral interests, royalty interests or overriding royalty interests. However, there is a slight difference between minerals and royalties, and there is an even greater difference between overriding royalties and both minerals and royalties. Mineral interests and royalty interests are similar in that both involve ownership of minerals under the ground. They both receive a portion of the income from the production of oil and gas. The main difference is that the owner of a mineral interest also has the right to execute leases and collect bonus payments, and the owner of royalty interests does not execute leases or collect bonus payments. Both mineral and royalty owners receive income once the well is producing, but only the mineral owner receives the up-front bonus payment. Unlike mineral and royalty interests, overriding royalty interests do not constitute an ownership of minerals under the ground. Instead, overriding royalties constitute ownership of a portion of the revenues generated from oil and gas production, and the ownership expires when the lease has been abandoned due to cessation of production. Overriding royalties are created from the working interest. For example, a land man may have secured the leases for a well that ABC Oil Company is going to drill. Instead of a cash payment for his services, the land man may have received a 1% overriding royalty interest in the well. If the well is successful, then the land man will receive 1% of the revenues generated from oil and gas sales. Like mineral and royalty owners, the owner of an override also receives a portion of the income from the production of oil and gas. The main difference is that the owner of an overriding royalty does not own the minerals under the ground, only proceeds from the production of minerals. Once the lease has expired and production has ceased, the overriding royalty interest expires. Conversely, the owners of minerals and royalties maintain their ownership after production ceases.

Why do people sell oil and gas royalties?

There are a variety of reasons that people sell oil royalties. One of the most common reasons is that the oil royalties are in an estate and the heirs would prefer to receive cash instead of the oil royalties. Sometimes the oil royalties are too small to divide among the heirs, or the heirs are not familiar with managing oil and gas royalties. Another reason is that some owners no longer want to manage their oil royalties and want to simplify their investments. Finally, some owners would simply like to receive the cash for an immediate need.

What type of interests does Hydocarbon Minerals buy?

Hydrocarbon Minerals buys producing and non-producing mineral, royalty and overriding royalty interests located throughout the United States. We buy single well interests or multiple well interests. The oil & gas royalties may all be located in the same county, or they may be located in different counties or even different states. Current areas of interest include the D-J Basin, Permian Basin, Powder River Basin, Anadarko Basin, Arkoma Basin, Eagle Ford Shale, Austin Chalk, Haynesville Shale, Marcellus Shale, Utica Shale, East Texas, and the Bakken Shale.

How do I receive an offer for my oil and gas royalties?

How do I receive an offer for my oil and gas royalties?

What documentation is required to receive an offer?
  1. If your interest is producing, copies of 6 month’s worth of revenue statements from the oil company.
  2. If your interest is non-producing- a copy of the most recent oil and gas lease.
  3. Copy of the deed or instrument where you acquired the interest, if available.
How does Hydrocarbon Minerals determine the value of my oil and gas royalties?
  1. Production History and projected decline curve.
  2. Operator- Some are more successful than others.
  3. Reservoir Formation – Some Reservoirs have longer production histories than others
  4. Commodity Price Risk – Gas, Oil, or both – is it sour, treated, etc.
  5. Future Production and Development.
  6. Interest Type – Royalty, Overriding Royalty, Mineral Rights/Interest, Non-Participating Royalty Interest, or Working Interest.
  7. Historical Cash Flows and Averages for: 12 months, 6 months, and 3 months.
  8. Tax Rates for Purchase and Severance may be too high, low, or non-existent pending your state of where the interest is located, which affects a property’s value & offer rate.

The information above allows us to calculate current reserves with a prediction of future reserves and cash flows. Our objective is to offer you fair market value while addressing risks and uncertainties that may be involved and commodities prices.

If I ask to receive an offer for my oil and gas royalty, am I obligated to sell?

Absolutely not. Asking for an offer does not obligate you to sell your oil royalty. Also, receiving an offer does not obligate you to sell your oil royalty. If any of your questions were not answered here, please feel free to contact us.

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