[§557A-411]  Minerals, water, and other natural resources.  (a)  Receipts from an interest in minerals or other natural resources shall be allocated as follows:

     (1)  If received as nominal delay rental or nominal annual rent on a lease, a receipt shall be allocated to income.

     (2)  If received from a production payment, a receipt shall be allocated to income if and to the extent that the agreement creating the production payment provides a factor for interest or its equivalent.  The balance shall be allocated to principal.

     (3)  If an amount received as a royalty, bonus, or delay rental is more than nominal, ninety per cent shall be allocated to principal and the balance to income.

     (4)  If an amount is received from a working interest or any other interest not provided for in paragraph (1), (2), or (3), ninety per cent of the net amount received shall be allocated to principal and the balance to income.

     (b)  An amount received on account of an interest in water that is renewable shall be allocated to income.  If the water is not renewable, ninety per cent of the amount shall be allocated to principal and the balance to income.

     (c)  This chapter applies without regard to whether a decedent or donor was extracting minerals, water, or other natural resources before the interest became subject to the trust.

     (d)  If a trust owns an interest in minerals, water, or other natural resources on July 1, 2000, the trustee may allocate receipts from the interest as provided in this section or in the manner used by the trustee before July 1, 2000.  If the trust acquires an interest in minerals, water, or other natural resources after July 1, 2000, the trustee shall allocate receipts from the interest as provided in this section. [L 2000, c 191, pt of §1]

 

Revision Note

 

  "July 1, 2000" substituted for "the effective date of this chapter".

 

 

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