I found Erich Schwartzel's May 20 article "Pa. Landowners Can Get Cash on Spot for Mineral Rights" very interesting, because I recently did that very thing. I am a 71-year-old developer.
My reasoning was that I have other investments to be made and the upfront money could leverage other opportunities that would generate ongoing capital now. Who knows when they are going to drill and produce? My experience was very good, and I was able to accomplish what I wanted.
This opportunity helped me in a way I never thought of. This Marcellus Shale play has produced many opportunities; entrepreneurial thinking will help us all benefit by it. If anyone would have questions, feel free to contact me at email@example.com. Great article, Mr. Schwartzel!