October 2011 Blog Posts (6)

A Chat with Rick Smead about Natural Gas and World Shale


Rick Smead is a veteran in the natural gas industry. If you have read anything on shale gas reserves, you have have probably read something that he had a hand in creating. This come-lately niche has led to 100 speeches on the topic over the last 3 years. Rick was holed up in a Washington D.C. law firm for a few days serving as an expert witness. I went in and met with him to discuss his…


Added by Keith Mauck (Site Publisher) on October 27, 2011 at 3:09 — No Comments

Disclosures During Oil and Gas Lease Negotiations - Texas and Louisiana

Disclosures During Oil and Gas Lease Negotiations - Texas and Louisiana

The oil and gas industry has always been subject to booms and busts. Barnett Shale and Haynesville Shale lessors are recovering from their first “bust.” Their roller coaster ride started with oil and gas lease terms of $200/acre and a 1/8th royalty, up to $27,200/acre and a 1/4th royalty, and then back down to $500-$5,000/acre and a 1/5th royalty. In some cases, it seemed like the “going rates” changed…


Added by Eric Camp on October 24, 2011 at 4:30 — 9 Comments

Limitations on the Mineral Estate's Use of the Surface (Texas Law)

Mineral Estate Surface Use Limitations

Any surface damages discussion must begin with the caveat that the mineral estate is dominant to the surface estate. This means that the mineral owner has the right to use as much of the surface as is reasonably necessary to develop the minerals but must do so with due regard for the rights of surface owners and without negligence. Texas law defers generally to the lessee’s view of reasonableness. To make matters worse for surface owners, the…


Added by Eric Camp on October 24, 2011 at 4:30 — 6 Comments

Hiring an Attorney - Some Thoughts

Hiring an Attorney – Some Thoughts

By: Eric C. Camp

Here are some things individuals and companies (collectively called “Clients”) should consider when hiring an attorney.

1) Conflicts of Interest

A preliminary issue is whether the professional responsibility rules regarding conflicts of interest prohibit the attorney from representing the prospective Client. These rules generally prevent attorneys from representing Clients in…


Added by Eric Camp on October 24, 2011 at 4:30 — 7 Comments

Shut in.........

I was wondering if anyone could help me. I have a Natural Gas well in the Ozark Highlands Exploratory Unit. We signed a lease for five years wich is shut in afterwards. The well has now been sitting for seven years with no activity. South West Energy is the Lessee. I understand that the Unit is a massive project, about 182,689 acres. We have the mineral rights to 80 acres wich the well is on. Southwest Energy claims that they are experiencing delays for the pipeline that is to be attached to…


Added by Fred S. on October 13, 2011 at 3:13 — 2 Comments

Value Creation When it Didn't Seem Possible

Chesapeake is often criticized for its financial decisions and aggressive techniques to develop natural gas and oil. In plain and direct terms, this article analyzes each decision and the result is surprising. What are your thoughts?


Seeking Alpha: CHK's $34B Value Creation with Zero Net Cost

Added by Katie McCullin on October 5, 2011 at 10:20 — 8 Comments

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