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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 ...

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. ...

Faxing is Dead — I Need a Fax Machine.

Faxing is Dead -- I Need a Fax Machine.
I’ve come to realize that the only businesses in the oil & gas industry who use fax machines are the ones I need to do business with.  I don’t know why that is… people always tell me that nobody uses fax machines anymore.  I’ve got news for you, I do and it’s not by choice.  It’s not every day, but several times I month I end up having to send something somewhere and it has to go by fax.  Now mind you, I’m pretty computer savvy, I do all that blog ‘stuff’.  I am completely capable of scanning a document ...

Dear Resume: You’re Not Fooling Anybody

Dear Resume: You're Not Fooling Anybody
I wanted to spend some time today talking about an particular irritation that a (un-named) buddy shared with me.  After he mentioned it I realized that I also see it all the time, and those that do it probably think that it is helping them out.  I think they do it because they realize the number of years of experience they have is so important in the business of being a landman. At first I thought that it was a very simple thing, and maybe not worthy of a blog post all its own, but on some reflection I think ...

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 ...

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, ...

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, ...

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 ...

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. ...


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