The natural gas price collapse over the past year has caused waves throughout the energy sector.
Producers throughout the country are moving as quickly as possible out of the natural gas business, instead favoring natural gas liquids and especially oil. In the process, they are transforming the industry's infrastructure and geography.
Royalty owners represent one group most directly affected by the trend.
Producers can move from natural gas-rich areas to oil-rich producing areas.
Service companies can service oil wells as easily as natural gas wells.
Manufacturing companies can make oil equipment instead of natural gas equipment.
But royalty owners cannot change out the rocks buried deep below the surface of their land.
Moore resident Ann Weathers and her family have been receiving royalty revenue for 45 years from a natural gas well on her family's land in Major County.
The well has changed operators several times over the past five decades, but the gas and the royalty checks have kept flowing.
Over the past year, however, the payout has become much less frequent.
Weathers and her four brothers each receive a check when their individual balances reach at least $100.
That used to happen almost monthly. Then it slipped to every two or three months.
In July, Weathers received a check for just more than $76, accounting for the first six months of the year.