Minerals & Water Rights

The Union Pacific Railroad Company has mineral holdings throughout its 23-state region. We have an active mineral lease program and are willing to explore opportunities to lease these interests. We generally do not allow surface use in our mineral leases and typically require mineral lessors to waive any statutory rights they may have to such access.

If you are interested in surface rights for drilling pads, pipelines, power lines, etc. please contact the Utility or Leasing Manager identified here.

Information Required to Obtain a Mineral Lease

If you would like to lease minerals from Union Pacific Railroad please provide the following information in writing to the address or email listed below (we are not able to receive lease applications over the phone):

  • Your name, address and phone number
  • The exact legal name of the entity that would execute the lease
  • The legal status of the entity executing the lease
  • A legal description sufficient for recording purposes
  • A copy of the granting document where we acquired the minerals
  • A copy of the document where we sold the surface and retained the minerals (if applicable)
  • The terms of your offer
  • A map with your proposed drilling unit including but not limited to the following information:
    • Drill Site
    • Proposed laterals (if horizontal)
    • Leasehold in unit including your knowledge of 3rd party leasehold
    • Clear indication of UPRR’s minerals to be leased

Please note that we reserve the right to require more information in order to lease our minerals.

For More Information

If you wish to contact Union Pacific Railroad Company in regard to minerals our address, phone and email information are as follows:

Mr. J. Zach Burt, JD
Union Pacific Railroad
1400 Douglas Street, Stop 1690
Omaha, NE 68179
Phone: 402-544-0343
Email: jzburt@up.com

For all water rights related questions please contact the following:

Mr. Craig Davis, RPL
Union Pacific Railroad
1400 Douglas Street, Stop 1690
Omaha, NE 68179
Phone: 402-544-0524
Email: cgdavis@up.com