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The AAPL Member Directory – An Indispensable Tool

The AAPL Member Directory - An Indispensable Tool
One of the benefits of joining the AAPL is that you receive a printed member directory, and you also gain access to the electronic member directory available on the AAPL website.  This tool has become very useful over the years, and today I’d like to talk about some of the various ways in which I use it. The almost 500 page reference book starts out by including some great information that is generally useful to AAPL members.  The first 50 pages encompass background information about the AAPL membership types, award programs & recipients, contact information on AAPL executive members and ...

LinkedIn “Netiquette” — Part 2

LinkedIn
About 6 months ago I posted a thread on LinkedIn ranting about peoples (mis)use of the ‘Connections’ feature of LinkedIn.  It has proven to be one of the most virulent, commented on and opinionated threads in the land related groups on LinkedIn.  To date it has 78 comments and 32 ‘likes’.  Today I’m going to re-write that post, because I’ve gotten more perspective over the last few months and I’d like to clarify my thoughts.  However, don’t expect to see me radically changing my views…. You can choose to connect with people on LinkedIn from a variety of places on ...

AAPL Annual Meeting 2013 – A Quick Recap

AAPL Annual Meeting 2013 - A Quick Recap
I had the opportunity to attend the AAPL Annual Meeting last week and I wanted to share some thoughts about it.  I won’t go into too much detail on the the particular events, education or festivities — but if you’d to see more about it then you can check it out at the AAPL Annual Meeting website page. As some of you know, I don’t work as a full-time employee for an oil & gas company.  This means that I had to make the decision to pay for the cost of attending this function myself.  It was not inexpensive after ...

Social Networking 101

Social Networking 101
Most of you probably think this will be another article lambasting the improper use of LinkedIn and Facebook, or asking you not to be a bad twit(ter).  Fortunately, I think many of you are getting the point and don’t need to be lectured on how to use (and not use) social media.  What I want to talk about today is networking with your colleagues in a social way. Many landmen I know like to tell me about how they are really working on ‘networking’, or I will get an email telling me that they are ‘networking’ to get a new ...

Consent to Assign — A Scourge Upon Your Lease

Consent to Assign -- A Scourge Upon Your Lease
As landmen in the field, an often mentioned request by mineral owners is that the lease not be assignable without consent of the lessor.  On the surface this is a perfectly reasonable request, because Mr. Johnny just wants to make sure that he knows who holds his lease and that they are good folks.  Unfortunately this clause can cause all sorts of heart burn later down the road. Most legal departments draft this clause with a caveat, “such consent will not be unreasonably withheld.”  Unfortunately most leases don’t define the word ‘unreasonable’, and there are a multitude of perfectly reasonable-reasons ...

SB873 in Texas To Require Permits for O&G Water Wells

SB873 in Texas To Require Permits for O&G Water Wells
Current law exempts oil and gas companies from the permitting requirement for wells used for “drilling or exploration”.  However, SB873, a bill in the Texas legislature hopes to change that by requiring a permit for wells used by oil & gas operators.  TIPRO has been attempting negotiating a compromise on this bill, but recently informed the AAPL that those negotiations had not been successful. Jim Dewbre, President of the AAPL, sent out a letter today urging a grass-roots effort for those with business in Texas to contact their state representatives to defeat this bill.  As per the letter, this bill ...

Land Management Systems – An Overview

Land Management Systems - An Overview
Land management systems (LMS) are used by a variety of companies to manage their assets.  Some of the companies that utilize land systems are E&P companies, mining companies, law firms, pipeline companies, and royalty partnerships.  These systems maintain an electronic catalog of leases, company owned fee lands, rights-of-way, unit designations, and any other type of agreement that may need to be tracked.  These systems not only allow easy record keeping and reporting, but also provide help in managing those properties.  When an organizations land assets become too complex to be managed via spreadsheet, it is time to evaluate the purchase ...

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 ...

Contest: A Year of WriteThat.name For Free! (Contest Over)

Contest: A Year of WriteThat.name For Free! (Contest Over)
If you read the article I recently wrote about WriteThat.name, you’ll be expecting this contest.  The folks over at WriteThat.name have volunteered to give away a free year of their premium service to one of our members. To enter the contest you should be using Gmail, Outlook (Desktop Version), or Google Apps Email.  You need to do two things to get in the contest: Sign Up for Email Updates from LandmanInsider.com.  You can choose to get an email whenever new articles are posted, or only once a week. Leave a comment on this page, so we know you are interested ...

My Newest Networking Tool – WriteThat.name

My Newest Networking Tool - WriteThat.name
As some of you might now, I occasionally write about companies or products that you will like, do really cool things, or meet a need that I have.  A problem I have had for a while is that through all the social networking and emails I’ve amassed a ridiculously sized contacts database in Gmail.  The size isn’t the problem though, my problem is that I couldn’t possibly take the time to update all the contacts as people move between companies, cities, and phone numbers.  Everyone knows that I think networking is important, and you can’t network too well if you ...


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