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Why Am I in the Energy Business?

Why Am I in the Energy Business?
We're getting close to the holidays and I wanted to take some time to reflect on what this business is for me and what it has done for me and my family.  I've done a few things over the years... bought leases, negotiated rights-of-way, researched title, lease data entry, built division order decks, and a host of other things in between.  It isn't always great... Commodity pricing goes up and down, public sentiment varies widely depending on where you are and who you represent, and the ever-present specter of trying to keep your network intact and staying relevant in a ...

Book Review: Landman’s Legal Handbook

Book Review: Landman's Legal Handbook
Over the past several weeks I’ve had the opportunity to read the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation’s newest edition of the Landman’s Legal Handbook. If there is one word to sum up this book, it is “encyclopedic”. I’ve had the opportunity to read and review several books that are targeted to landmen, title attorneys and other land professionals — and typically they all contain approximately the same information conveyed in different ways. I have to say that the Landman’s Legal Handbook contains information that I haven’t read in any other books, and the depth in which the material is reviewed ...

People Who Create Content in the Land Business

People Who Create Content in the Land Business
Earlier last year I published a post detailing websites that I often visit.  That post still gets a lot of traffic, and my original intention was to write an article detailing the people that create content that is relevant to me as a land professional in the oil & gas industry.  I quickly found out that my list wasn’t long enough to make an article out of, so I thought I just needed to look a little harder…. I went through 2 months of twitter feeds, the last month of LinkedIn, and about 6 months of emails to find people who ...

Annual Industry Conferences for Land Professionals

Annual Industry Conferences for Land Professionals
I’ve written quite a few article about the importance of continuing education to keep your skills current and also to grow your professional network.  I had a chance to attend the AAPL Annual Convention in Washington, DC in 2013 — it was a great experience.  If your company doesn’t sponsor a trip to these events on your behalf, they can be an expensive proposition.  That’s why I’m going to tell you about three major upcoming conferences in 2014 that you can budget and plan to attend. This early in the year details can be light on topics and speakers, but ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

The Young and the Restless: Old Hands vs New Blood

The Young and the Restless: Old Hands vs New Blood
If you get enough landmen together for enough time, the conversation will eventually turn to criticism of whatever group isn’t represented. Whether it’s all the new landmen who who don’t dress the party, wear headphones and don’t know ‘nuthin — or the old luddite landmen who never do anything but tell stories about better times. Of course I have an opinion on the matter, just like everyone else, and if you haven’t had the ‘good fortune’ to be a part of one of these conversations then you don’t get out enough. We could make a mile long list of transgressions that ...


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