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HAPL South Texas Social 2013 – A Great Event

HAPL South Texas Social 2013 - A Great Event
I had the good fortune to attend the HAPL South Texas Social Thursday night (March 21, 2013), and I must admit that I had a great time (along with about 200 others).  I’ve never been to Armadillo Palace, but it was a great venue.  You’ll know you’ve found Armadillo Palace when you see the HUGE armadillo outside the building.  The South Texas Social Committee, headed up by Joe Dichiara, did a great job.  The process of getting a name tag and armband at the door was quick and painless, and they even had door prizes (yours truly won one!).  I ...

Here We Go Again: Gasland Part 2 aka Josh Fox In a Tinfoil Hat

Here We Go Again: Gasland Part 2 aka Josh Fox In a Tinfoil Hat
Well, we’ve been hearing that the sequel to the documentary, Gasland, has been coming for 2 years and it looks like it is finally within striking distance.  If you’ve been living under a rock for the past few years then you don’t know that Gasland is a 2010 documentary by Josh Fox that purported to shine a light on the dangers of fracking.  The original documentary has been most thoroughly debunked by a laundry list of experts, independent studies, and a recently released documentary, FrackNation.  Energy in Depth and the IPAA also produced a rebuttal documentary called TruthLand, although none ...

Into the Deep: Who is Chesapeake without Aubrey McClendon?

Into the Deep: Who is Chesapeake without Aubrey McClendon?
The announcement of Chesapeake Energy (CHK) CEO Aubrey McClendon’s impending retirement has stirred quite a bit of discussion over the past several days. Some lament that CHK will never again be the same. Others cheer that CHK will never be the same. One thing is certain, Chesapeake will never be the same. The Land Machine Chesapeake’s “land machine” is well-known for entering a new play and causing lease bonuses to skyrocket. Competitors hate the tactic, and that’s probably the reason McClendon employed it. If you can flood an area with land agents and raise lease bonuses to price out your ...

Fracknation – Get a Free DVD! (Contest Over)

Fracknation - Get a Free DVD! (Contest Over)
UPDATE: THE CONTEST IS OVER AND THE WINNER HAS BEEN SELECTED!  CONGRATS! Hey Everyone!  I have a DVD of Fracknation coming my way and I thought it would be a great way to help promote this website.  So here’s the deal. There are two ways to win this FREE DVD of Fracknation, a great documentary by Phelim McAleer that I’ve written about previously: 1.  Subscribe to get email updates on new articles that I write by entering your email address and clicking the subscribe button below. Enter your email address:2. Like the LandmanInsider.com Facebook page. Don’t worry, if you’ve already ...

Winter NAPE 2013 – A Great Time!

Winter NAPE 2013 - A Great Time!
I have to tell you, I had a great time at NAPE this year.  I got to meet up with some great folks.  I talked to Austin Brister, the editor and writer over at The Title Examiner blog – I hope that he was able to wander around NAPE on his own instead of hanging out over at the Sadler Law booth all day.  I unfortunately did miss seeing the folks from DrillingInfo I talk to regularly, specifically the editor of the DrillingInfo Wireline Blog, James Hahn II. I’ve also decided that before 2014 I absolutely have to learn at ...

Have You Gone to Work at 2 AM?

Have You Gone to Work at 2 AM?
If you are currently working in Tyler County, West Virginia you might be heading to work at 2 AM.  My friend Angela Perkins recently mentioned on LinkedIn the troubles with space in the records room in the county: A nightmare in Tyler County WV! So far, we have been threatened by those who are “standing in” for others, and then leave 10-15 minutes, exchanging places with those who were home sleeping, or staying in close buildings, sleeping on cots before the court house opens. The bulk of us, drive 1-2 hours to work, only to find that at 2 am, ...

Chesapeake CEO Aubrey McClendon Steps Down

Chesapeake CEO Aubrey McClendon Steps Down
Chesapeake Energy Corporation announced today that CEO, President, and Co-Founder Aubrey McClendon would be retiring effective April 1, 2013.  This is amid previous allegations of impropriety that have been under investigation by the board of directors.  The allegations involved the fact that McClendon received personal loans from business partners totaling hundred of millions of dollars. The press release stated that the final report of the allegations would be released mid-February, but that they had (to date) found no improper conduct.  It’s interesting that they used the words “to date”.  Rest assured, I’ll be following up after the report is released. ...

Surprise! You Get a Calendar!

Surprise!  You Get a Calendar!
(If you are an AAPL member!)   Today I got a huge, flat envelope in the mail from the AAPL, and I couldn’t imagine what they could be sending me.  After I got into it I found a sweet calendar and the always anticipated November / December edition of Landman magazine!  They did a great job not only including all the scheduled educational events on the calendar, but also adding a fair amount of extra information on the ‘top’ of the calendar pages.  It looks like this calendar is replacing the typically mailed out 2012 Annual Report. It’s nice to ...

Winter is Coming! NAPE, that is.

Winter is Coming!  NAPE, that is.
As many of you know, Winter NAPE is quickly approaching.  So if you haven’t marked your calendars, February 5-8, 2013 is when you should be in Houston, Texas.  Just to catch up everyone else, NAPE is a twice yearly convention designed to allow vendors to buy, sell, and trade oil and gas properties.  Not only are operators represented, but other vendors which service the oil and gas industry also purchase booth space to advertise their brand.  There is a variety of events which surround the main exhibitor show. NAPE Icebreaker Event Wednesday, February 6 – 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM ...

Fracknation – For Us By Them

Fracknation - For Us By Them
Unfortunately I missed the television premiere of the documentary, but I’ve been hearing about it all over the social media channels.  If you have been living under a rock, FrackNation is a documentary by journalist Phelim McAleer to provide “the rest of the story” (as Paul Harvey would put it) to the GASLAND documentary aired by HBO about 2 1/2 years ago. FrackNation was funded completely by donations through Kickstarter.  It was funded by 3,305 backers who donated $212,265 in total, I even threw in a few bucks.  In addition, no donations made by oil and gas executives or companies ...


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