Many leases have a 5-year primary term with a clause allowing the gas company to extend the lease for another 5 years by simply tendering (writing) a check before the first term expires. The renewal language is usually quite limited and the gas company must “tender payment before the primary terms ends.” Some companies sent landholders (lessors) force majeure letters claiming that the lease was extended but did not send checks to extend the lease. Even with an auto extension clause, if the company has not mailed the extension check within the primary term, that lease has now expired. The companies might claim otherwise, but they would be wrong. They can’t make up an invalid legal theory, like force majeure, and rely on that to extend their leases. Such a claim will not hold up in court.