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Fractions Are Not Your Friend!

Fractions Are Not Your Friend!
Fraction are not your friend.  Those of you who have taken the RL/RPL/CPL certification exams will remember a section discussing this issue, and those of you who haven’t become certified (yet) will have run into it in the field.  However, this is an issue that you might miss completely if you aren’t looking for it.  Here’s why: Tim owns a 1/4 mineral interest in Tract A.  Tim conveys to John a 1/8 mineral interest. What mineral interest do Tim and John own? Does John own 1/8 of the minerals under Tract A?  Or does John own 1/8 of Tim’s 1/4 ...

Gloom and Doom: What’s a Landman to do?

Gloom and Doom: What's a Landman to do?
It’s probably safe to say that we have all personally experienced, or had a good friend who has personally experienced some downtime over the last few years.  The United States is swamped in uneconomic dry gas, and even some of the wet gas is not worth drilling.  Historic oil plays have been a place to hide, but by their very nature these plays require a certain amount of skill not all possess.  I’ve seen a ramp-up over the last six months of experienced landmen who are looking for work, and I thought it was time to put some thoughts down ...

What Have You Done This Month to Better Yourself? A Challenge.

What Have You Done This Month to Better Yourself? A Challenge.
Over the last few months I’ve gotten so many phone calls and emails from great people in the land business who are looking for work.  One of the first things I always ask them is “What have you done lately?”  The answer I usually get is some variation of “well I was working for so and so and doing this and that and then the plug got pulled on the project.”  Then I have to re-phrase my question, and ask them what they’ve done for their own professional development lately.  More often than not I get a bit of silence ...

10 Reasons My Resume Doesn’t Look Like Yours

10 Reasons My Resume Doesn't Look Like Yours
Well, maybe it’s an over-statement that my resume doesn’t look like anyone else’s resume.  My point is that my resume doesn’t follow the ‘normal’ rules, let’s call it the “new normal”.  It’s not that my resume contains any secrets that get it any more consideration, and I’m not doing anything that you can’t find other people talking about on the internet.  Regardless, I think that the old ways of job searching are changing, and our resumes should as well. 1.  I’m American, and Americans don’t have those little squiggly lines, dashes, and dots on their words.  So I don’t get ...

Your Words Matter, So Double Check Them

Your Words Matter, So Double Check Them
Whether you are interacting online, by mail, or in person the words you choose are important.  Equally important is the way you use them.  Snap judgements will be made about you based on spelling, grammar, and context.  Now, I know that many of you are thinking “oh great here comes the spelling police…”  So I’m going to try to sway your judgement with a few examples I’ve seen lately, I’ll try to anonymize them enough to protect the ignor-innocent. The first example is the picture you see above.  I’ll go ahead and tell you (if you haven’t figured it out) ...

Landman Websites I Check Often

Landman Websites I Check Often
I thought I would do a quick post this week just detailing some of the places on the internet that I frequently visit.  I also felt that it would be a nice thing to give credit to these sources, as they often give me inspiration for the blogs I post here.  So without further ado, here is my list of places that I go: www.landpro.com/landnews.asp Paul Nielsen runs LandNews, and has done so for quite some time.  If you haven’t ever met Paul, he’s a great guy and does the industry a wonderful service by running LandNews.  He posts available ...

Book Review: Oil and Gas Title Examination

Book Review: Oil and Gas Title Examination
So I’ve spent the last several weeks digesting a book by George J. Morgenthaler, Oil and Gas Title Examination.  The book is designed for attorneys who prepare title opinions, but it will be very useful to the experienced title researcher.  When a title researcher understands what a title examiner is looking for, it will assuredly help them to deliver a higher quality product. When you purchase the book you will have the option of receiving an e-book version or a hard-bound copy.  I reviewed the hard-bound book, and I was particularly impressed with the quality of the printing and binding. ...

Continuous Drilling, Operations, and Development – What’s the Difference?

Continuous Drilling, Operations, and Development - What's the Difference?
There are so many lease provisions that can be thrown into an agreement that often times the meanings can become skewed.  More often than not, they can even mean different things to different people.  It’s important to communicate with the other party to determine the intent, and ensure that the language conveys the intent of both parties.  So, as the start of my series exploring various lease provisions I’m going to discuss continuous drilling, continuous operations, and continuous development. The truth is that all three of these clauses are savings clauses, and are therefore very similar in application.   Generally speaking, ...

Skiptracing for Landmen and Land Managers

Skiptracing for Landmen and Land Managers
First, a little history of “skip-tracing” There are innumerable reasons as to why a person, usually referred to as a “skip”, needs to be located. They could be a witness required for an investigation, or perhaps have reneged on a recent bail bond or is a suspect in criminal activity; or as in the case of a missing mineral rights owner, is sought as a potential lessor. Regardless of the reason to locate someone it’s all called skip-tracing and the methods to locate an individual or “skip” are the same in almost every case. It’s my challenge to direct you ...

The IRWA: Is It Right For You?

The IRWA: Is It Right For You?
You often hear landmen talking about the AAPL (American Association of Professional Landmen), but it’s not as often that you hear about the IRWA (International Right of Way Association).  In fact, it’s fairly common to meet right of way agents who aren’t familiar with the IRWA.  I think it is a good organization, and that more than a few of you might benefit from including them in your professional networking portfolio. You might think, from the name, that it is comprised of only right of way agents, but you couldn’t be further from the truth.  The IRWA has members from ...


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