Its probally in there. You may have just gotten a lease memorandum if you got it from the courthouse.
Oil and Gas leases are important documents, you need to get a true copy. Call the operator and see if they have a copy, but look harder first.
Has anyone asked to lease your land? If so then that means they (probably) have checked into the title and lease status before approaching you. How long was it shut in? There could be a continued operations clause in the lease. Also, you need to find out the length (ie. 3 yrs) of the lease and exactly what it covers and if it has any provisions for the amount of land it holds. In Texas you can go up to the Abstract office and pull copies of leases. You might can do this in other states as well.
In Louisiana you can file a memorandum that only needs to include the term, land description, and lessor & lessee's names.
The memo does not have to have any other clauses or even the royalty. The lease is thus kept private between the parties. Bottomn line, keep your leases safe, just as you would with a car title.
"This is extremely common practice for the industry unfortunately."
Why is shut in policies unfortunate? There are many reasons to shut in a well. The operator will want to get paid as much as the RI. If you don't like the shut in terms, don't sign the lease!